If you’re feeling extra stressed lately and you’ve got tension running through your muscles, it could be that overtime you’ve been putting in at work, or you could be lacking in magnesium.
Magnesium is an essential mineral that is required for every organ in the body, making it a very important part of your diet. Magnesium can naturally be found in varying amounts in fish and meat, nuts and whole grains, and commonly in dark green vegetables. Some great sources of magnesium can be found in pumpkin seeds, spinach, tofu and baked beans.
While our bodies can get magnesium naturally from a healthy diet, our excessive intake of processed and sugary foods, alcohol and caffeine, and carbonated drinks has caused many of us to have a deficiency in the essential mineral.
If you’re not sure whether or not you might have a magnesium deficiency or a low count, you may want to assess whether or not you fall victim to some of these health issues. Headaches, migraines, high blood pressure, pre-menstrual tension and muscle cramping and tightness have all been linked to low levels of magnesium in the body. Difficulty getting to sleep and actually staying asleep are also signs that you might not be getting enough magnesium naturally.
Having adequate levels of magnesium is also said to help manage diabetes and asthma, while low levels are linked with a risk of post-menopausal osteoporosis. Anxiety, eye twitches and facial tics have all been tied to a deficiency in magnesium.
It’s interesting how one mineral in the body is used for so many things and you could be suffering from any of the above due to something that can be added into our diet through a supplement. Magnesium supplements are a great addition to any diet, though excessive amounts can cause stomach upset and diahorreoa.
Adding a supplement can help you with stress, sleeping and headaches – which are common symptoms of an intense career or time of life. Not only will this change make your quality of life better, it will also make you a happier person. Go on, add a magnesium supplement and see the benefits that it has for you!
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According to the World Health Organisation the most common type of headache originates from tension, muscle stiffness or joint strain in the neck and upper thoracic region. Other causes include might include:
- Eye strain
- Sinus congestion
- Whiplash injury
- Poor posture
- Jaw imbalance and teeth grinding
- Allergies and food intolerances
Poor posture can cause a range problems including back pain, spinal problems, poor circulation, joint degeneration and rounded shoulders. Osteopaths and other health professionals are witnessing a huge surge in the cases of the “iPhone neck”. Our smart devices aren’t so smart when it comes to health, and all that hunching is causing dire effects on our posture.
Osteopathy Australia reminds that there are certain ways your osteopath can help to release the pain and advise you on how to avoid the headaches in the future.
Your osteopath can help to:
- improve your general mobility
- improve the mobility of your ribs and thoracic and cervical spine
- reduce muscular tension, nerve compression and inflammation
- advise on posture, exercise and stretching to help prevent a recurrence of symptoms
- offer guidance on diet and preventing dehydration
- advise on improving the ergonomics of your home or workplace
You should also seek professional advice if the headache is accompanied by fever, nausea or vomiting, bleeding or fluid draining from the nose or ears, dizziness, blurred vision or speech, numbness, tingling or paralysis.
If you experience headaches regularly, keeping a headache diary can help identify these triggers and ultimately help them avoid them. A headache diary allows you to record important details about your headaches, such as symptoms, frequency and other. Your Osteopath will help you identify triggers such as certain foods, sleep habits, exercise and posture.
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The only way to know for sure if you’re pregnant is to take a home pregnancy test or have a blood test done by your GP, and normally by that stage you’re fairly confident that you’re pregnant anyway, perhaps having missed a period. But what are the tell-tale signs of pregnancy that you may have missed in the early stages? Here we look at some of the subtle physical and emotional changes that can occur very early on that you might normally dismiss.
- Irritability, moodiness and sudden outbursts of sadness are feelings that you may experience early on, much like those of PMS. Some women dismiss these signs and put them down to stress.
- Feeling tired and fatigued is an early sign of pregnancy as your body adjusts to the changes needed to grow your baby. If you’re falling asleep much earlier than usual or taking naps during the day when you never did in the past, this could be a sign of pregnancy.
- If you notice that your breasts are tender, fuller, or your nipples are sore it could be due to the increased oestrogen and progesterone levels and a sign that you’re expecting. Don’t assume these signs are due to an upcoming period, especially if the areola are darker than usual.
- When you fall pregnant your uterus will begin to swell and start pushing on the bladder walls. This will cause you to urinate more frequently than usual, so if you’re running to the loo every ten minutes it could be a sign of pregnancy.
- Frequent headaches due to hormonal changes in your body are an early sign of pregnancy but as the pregnancy progresses and your body adjusts to the hormone levels the headaches should start to ease.
- You may have experienced spotting very early on and perhaps dismissed this as a light period, but in fact it could be a sign of pregnancy. Some implantation pain could also be felt when the embryo attaches to the wall of the uterus and to some this may feel like an uncomfortable twinge.
- If you feel light-headed or faint it could be a sign that you’re pregnant. This can happen when your blood vessels dilate then your blood pressure decreases. If you’re not eating properly the dizziness can also stem from low blood-sugar.
So if you can relate to some of the signs above then it might be time to put down the glass of wine and reach for a pregnancy test kit instead.
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Headaches are one of the most prevalent global health issues and common headaches affect around 6 million Australians1. Headache Week kicks off today, aimed at encouraging all Aussies to start thinking differently about common headaches, their source and how they can effectively relieve them.
According to Gerald Edmunds, CEO of Headache Australia, when it comes to headaches, it’s more effective and appropriate to relieve the source of pain.
“Headache Australia’s focus for Headache Week this year is educating Australians to consider the real source of their common headache. It’s important to first address the cause of your headache, which will often be in the muscles of your head and neck, and choose a method of relief that is effective for the cause,” Gerald said.
Headache Australia recommends keeping a simple headache diary to help identify the source of their headache pain. This includes assessing your work environment, posture, stress, diet and hydration, level of exercise, sleep patterns and daily routine.
“As a nation we tend to self-diagnose our headaches but we don’t always get it right. Taking the time to ask yourself a few simple questions to understand why you are experiencing headaches is a good place to start. Of course, if you are particularly concerned about your headache, you should consult your local pharmacist or GP immediately,” he said.
An initiative of the Brain Foundation, Headache Australia is the only organisation in Australia that aims to support the millions of Australians affected by headaches. The organisation aims to reduce the incidence and impact of headaches on society via community awareness, education and research programmes.
To try Headache Australia’s interactive app to find out more about the source of your headaches or to download a headache diary, visit headacheaustralia.org.au.