According to reports, acetaminophen, the drug found in Tylenol, has been the leading cause of sudden liver failure in the US for over a decade. Yeeouch!!
Taking one or two Tylenol occasionally for pain is not the problem. Taking it on a regular basis (in excess) is where the danger lies. This is where most folks get into BIG trouble; they fall into the habit of reaching for a drug to mask the headache without getting to the root cause of the pain.
Headaches are annoying as heck! I mean, how can you possibly function when your head feels like it’s being squeezed in a vice grip? And, you certainly can’t concentrate if it feels like someone is hitting you on top of the head with a rubber hammer, over and over again.
Unfortunately, no matter how many pills you pop, those headaches will keep returning day after day, week after week, and month after month, because the root cause of the pain has never been assessed and addressed.
For the sake of your liver, stop the nonsense and take a moment to consider what could be causing that perpetual pounding:
Dehydration: Many headaches simply arise from not drinking enough water. The human body is made up of mostly water and cannot function properly without it. Make water your “go-to” beverage. Not coffee, not tea, not beer, just water. And, I know that beer is made of mostly water, but that does not count (my cousins may be deeply saddened by this). Alcohol dehydrates the body. So, no matter how much beer you drink (coffee and tea, too), it can never hydrate the body like good old fashioned water.
Stress – this is a no brainer. Many headaches arise from high stress due to emotional events, over-work, excessive caffeine, lack of sleep and overall poor diet and lifestyle choices. De-stress as often as possible. Forget about taking a chill pill (aspirin or other pain reliever). It’s time to literally chill out, get a massage, take a nap, get adequate rest, sit in the park, breathe and relax.
Eye Strain – The optic nerve is directly connected to the brain. If you are sitting at the computer ALL day, or have your face buried in your iphone (think “eye-phone” here), you’re causing strain on the optic nerve and brain. Excessive computer and other technology can contribute to headaches. Take a 5-10 minute rest from technology every hour to help relieve eyestrain. Pick your head up and get your face out of your phone! There’s an entire world beyond the little screen that sits in the palm of your hand.
Sugar – Oy! It was just a matter of time before we talked about the white devil… sugar! Yes, sugar can cause headaches. Pain in the temples is a sure sign of a sugar headache. Sugar comes in many forms; high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, refined grains, whole grains, bread, candy, soda, alcohol – should I go on? Limit sugar consumption and practice moderation when you do use it.
Organ System Imbalance – When specific organs are not functioning properly, or are struggling from overwork, poor quality food and toxic overload, you may suffer from chronic headaches (back of the head, side of the head and behind the eyes). It’s like someone inside your body is knocking on your head saying, “Hey you… the human being that is driving this precious body around! Wake up! I’m not feeling well, I’m exhausted, my liver is stressed, my gallbladder hurts, my kidneys are tired, and I need your help in here.” Liver and gallbladder problems, as well as trouble with the spleen and kidneys, can all contribute to debilitating headaches. Get your organs back in balance and those headaches will disappear.
Above are just some of the ways you can get your noggin’ to stop knockin’.
Headaches do NOT need to be a part of your life. They are optional.
If you do get a headache it’s okay to take some Tylenol, aspirin, or other pain reliever. Just remember, for the sake of your liver, to NOT take those, or any other drugs, habitually.
Get to the root cause of the pain and you can save yourself a whole heap of trouble.
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Now… take your head out of that darn vice-grip and have a pain-free day!