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Millions of people suffer from headaches every day. With so many people experiencing them, one would think that it's normal to get a headache, at least every now and then. But just because something is common does not mean it's normal. 

In addition to headaches, other common syptoms include:

  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Feeling tired
  • Lack of sex drive

Due to the ubiquity of these symptoms, one would think it's not normal to never get a headache or feel sluggish. 

Feeling 'normal', however, means that you feel absolutely fine. It's actually quite possible to never get a headache and to reverse chronic lack of energy.

Obviously, nutrition has a lot to do with it. And hydration. 

If you get headaches from time to time, start off by drinking at least two cups of water first thing in the morning. 

Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner every single day, at the same time, eating a slow-burning carbohydrate, lean protein and natural fat source at every meal. For example, 2 scrambled eggs with spinach and a piece of gluten-free toast with a dab of butter or nut butter at 8 a.m. for breakfast; brown rice with salmon and brocoli at noon; and a salad with nuts and olive oil at 7 p.m. 

Eat a snack that also contains protein, carbs and natural fat (like apple slices with almond butter) at 4 p.m. to hold you over until dinner. 

Stay hydrated by drinking a cup of water half an hour before every meal. You'll also feel fuller, thereby eating less calories. 

For an overwhelming majority of the population, sticking to these simple principles of eating real food at regularly scheduled times throughout the day and drinking nothing but water (one or two cups of coffee and fresh veggie juices are OK) with eliminate headaches for good. 

Following these simple nutrition guidelines will also reduce cravings and energy fluctuations, which again, might be common but are far from normal.

Normal is the absence of disease. Normal is not feeling hyper. Normal is not feeling sluggish. Normal is not feeling overwhelmingly stressed. 

When you go several hours (usually more than five) without eating, your blood sugar levels can dip precipitously. Though the science behind what causes headaches is murky at best, a plethora of anecdotal evidence suggests that eating too much sugar or not eating enough real food and going too long in between eating is a recipe for a tension headache.

Eating the right foods at regular times every day, and daily moderate exercise, though as simple as it sounds and no matter how many times you've heard it, is the best medicine for feeling normal.





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