Juicing Fixes: The Headache Cure

Juicing Fixes: The Headache CureHeadaches very well may be the ultimate distraction. When you’ve got one, you can’t run away from it and you can’t think of anything else–it’s literally all in your head. There are as many reasons for a headache as there are disgruntled headache sufferers on your daily commute, but this mild-mannered green juice hits up some of the major culprits: dehydration, high blood pressure, and inflammation.

Cucumbers, with their high water content, will help you combat dehydration–a very common cause of headaches. But the water found in cucumbers is no regular tap water; it’s infused with minerals that help with headache prevention, like potassium (great if your headache is hangover related), iron, zinc, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, and manganese. Watermelon (if you can find it at this time of year), is much the same concept–filled with super water that boasts essential minerals to help your pounding head. Apples contain the flavonoid quercetin, which helps to reduce blood pressure–in turn, helping your headaches. However, a small amount of people report that apples actually give them headaches, so this recipe goes easy on the apple juice. If you suspect you may be one of these vulnerable folks, feel free to eliminate the apple altogether. Spinach can also lower your blood pressure, and ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory, antihistamine properties that will put the nail in your headache’s proverbial coffin. All together, these ingredients make for a easy-going, mildly sweet juice that just wants to help you feel better.

Mild-Mannered Mineral-Rich Cucumber-Watermelon Juice

2 cucumbers
2 cups watermelon (if you can’t find watermelon this time of year, replace with an extra cucumber)
1 apple
large handful of spinach
1-inch knob fresh ginger, peeled

Use the apple and ginger to push down the spinach and watermelon. Finish off with the cucumbers. We recommend pairing this juicer with an easy accupressure trick: squeeze the skin between your thumb and forefinger with the thumb and forefinger of your opposite hand. Breathe deeply until you feel some of the pain alleviate. Switch hands and repeat.

photo attribute: By Sasha Wolff from Grand Rapids (Can’t Concentrate: 14/365) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

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