Due to center patient volume, we are experiencing longer than normal wait times at our Urgent Care Locations.
Due to center patient volume, we are experiencing longer than normal wait times at our Urgent Care Locations.

Popeye Never Had a Headache

Popeye Never Had a Headache

You know, Popeye may have been onto something. Even though that famous cartoon sailor ate spinach to make himself strong, this leafy green can also help in so many other ways. Within the past few years, spinach and other dark leafy greens have been hailed as superfoods and for good reason. Spinach is packed full of protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals. All of these things contribute to factors such as skin, hair, and bone health. But, did you know spinach can also help prevent migraines?

Many studies show that migraines are caused by blood vessels in the brain constricting. That’s why some doctors prescribe different types of blood pressure medication to migraine sufferers. Conveniently, folic acid and vitamin B found in spinach leaves are great for decreasing high blood pressure. The magnesium content in spinach can also aid in headache relief, since some studies indicate a lack of magnesium in the brain may also contribute to migraines, as well. 

You don’t have to eat spinach out of a can like Popeye to be affected by its superfood powers. Try adding a small spinach salad to your meals to increase your magnesium intake. Add a few other tasty superfoods to the salad to add even more flavors. Try tossing in almonds and dried apricots for added sweetness and energy to take the day head-on! Top it with a light vinaigrette to keep calories low and your salad tasty and healthy!  

If salads aren’t your thing, you can always make a smoothie! Try throwing together ingredients like spinach, cucumbers, strawberries, and watermelon to create a tasty, hydrating drink! Keeping yourself hydrated is also a key to preventing headaches, so a spinach smoothie is a perfect weapon in your migraine fighting arsenal!

Give us a visit at HealthCARE Express if you suffer regularly from migraines. Frequent and severe migraines can be debilitating, so let us help you try to get to the root of the problem.