Eat To Beat The Pain
Good Housekeeping South Africa|December 2018
Eat To Beat The Pain


Dietary changes alone probably won’t erase a migraine or other headache, but certain foods can help prevent and treat it. ‘Most foods that are good for head pain are those that keep you hydrated or stabilise blood sugar,’ says nutritionist Jaclyn London. That’s because getting thirsty or ‘hangry’ – a fact of life, given all our obligations – causes a cascade of neurological reactions that leads to a sore head. These delicious picks will help keep you pain-free.

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Fibre-rich foods (lentils have 8g per half a cup) slow digestion. That’s good, because eating too many fast-digesting carbs (from white bread, sweet fizzy drinks and other processed foods) can cause blood sugar to spike, then crash, which can trigger a head pounder. No crashes, no hunger headaches.


This melon is 90% water and provides the electrolyte magnesium, which can play a role in regulating pain transmission. It’s an especially smart pick for you if you sweat a lot or have been sick with gastrointestinal issues. Fluid and electrolyte losses may also prompt a headache.

Matcha tea

Next time you feel a headache coming, have a matcha latte: its caffeine will constrict dilated blood vessels, which may play a role in head pain. Matcha tea has more caffeine than other types of green tea, but contains an amino acid that has a calming effect, so it won’t make you as jittery.

Cardio workouts that help tone your arms


It’s advised to do 150 minutes of moderate activity every week. These ideas are a good way to get started, plus they make your arms a thing of beauty


Thanks to popular boxing training classes, the hottest arm-sculpting workout right now involves an uppercut jab and a left hook.


Breaststroke and crawl are great arm toners. Want to work harder? Try doing your lengths with a float between your legs, or swim in rivers, dams or the open sea, where you have to work against the current.


It gets you from A to B and involves an arm workout, as you are supporting your upper body for long periods of time.


Stepping out with a set of poles is a simple way to tone your upper-body muscles.



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December 2018