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Livestrong Quotes Dr. Williams: The 15 Best Natural Remedies for Headaches


Headaches are an all-too-common annoyance. At best, they can make even simple daily tasks more challenging. At worst, they can leave you curled up in bed for hours.

The good news is that if you're not a fan of taking Tylenol on a regular basis, there are plenty of natural remedies for headaches, including some small lifestyle changes, certain foods and hot or cold therapy.

Here are 15 medication-free ways to get rid of a headache (or stop it from coming on in the first place).

1. Eat Regularly

"This is good advice for everyone, really, but especially for migraine sufferers," says Vernon Williams, MD, board-certified neurologist and director of the Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, California.

Don't skip meals, and add in a snack or two throughout your day so you don't go more than a couple hours without eating. This way, you won't experience those big drops in blood sugar that can bring on an achy head, Dr. Williams says.

Indeed, having regular daily meal times is associated with less frequent migraines, according to the American Migraine Foundation. And the longer you go between meals, the higher your chance of getting a headache.

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