Is there more to a headache than we know?

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The complex nature of the human body makes it highly sensitive towards internal and external triggers. Whether it be a paper cut, broken limb, or a headache, the human organism is able to combat many ailments. Regrettably, the body can only safeguard so much of its parameters, those of which do not include the area of the common headache.

More than half the adult population suffers from diverse degrees of cranial discomfort, culprits ranging from genomic mutations to, the more common, day to day stressors (World Health Organization). The onset of stress comes from a wide variety of factors: work, school, and daily life. A recent article published by Medical News Today,  hypothesized the possible correlation between malnutrition, gluttony, and the lamen termed “headaches” (Medical News Today). If the aforementioned interaction has grounds for validity how does that influence the varying student, family, adolescent populations as a whole?

The concept of headaches has been an aching conundrum to the medical society. Pain spectrums vary  between individuals, therefore diagnosis is fairly difficult because headaches are often challenging to visualize on various brain scanners. As with many physiological ailments headaches come in various forms ranging from mild tension headaches to nauseating migraines (Medical News Today). The culprits of this chronic malady have not been fully discerned however studies have highlighted cranial tension headaches and the common low blood sugar symptoms (Livestrong). Individuals who do not maintain the proper dietary conformations to nourish their organisms do not provide it with the nutrition needed to propel bodily function. Consequently the body produces a low amount of blood sugar that eventually causes cranial tension due to the high expulsion of hormones to combat the low blood sugar (Migrane Trust). In a similar way, overeating causes a rise in blood sugar that triggers the thyroid to secrete a hormone that results in cranial pressure (Migrane Trust). 

While in college, many students to do not receive proper nourishment because of their busy schedules, low budgets, and consistent lack of sleep. By not taking care of their  bodies, many pupils succumb to  long lasting headaches. The constant rush of the clock often leaves very little time for students to heal their bodies, leading to a constant cycle of headaches (and other ailments) that become chronic. The importance of a well balanced diet should never be underestimated. If not for the maintenance of a good metabolism, then why not do it to prevent discomfort. With a balanced diet and proper amount of sleep and individual may start to work on reducing his or her headaches. 

Sources

http://www.livestrong.com/article/375852-why-do-i-get-a-headache-when-im-hungry/

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs277/en/

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/316876.php

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/73936.php

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