Headaches are one of the most common medical complaints. Over 45 million Americans (1 in 6) suffer chronic headaches each year! Most people take Tylenol when they experience a headache, but Tylenol (acetaminophen) is incredibly hazardous to the body. This pill is very hard on the liver as it depletes our glutathione stores (an important antioxidant and detoxifying aid), and can destroy the lining of our stomach if taken routinely every day.
Not many people know that you can naturally get rid of a headache simply by drinking water. In fact, drinking just 7 cups of water a day is enough to ease pain and improve quality of life in people who suffer from chronic headaches, according to scientists. So why not infuse this water with some extra herbal and fruity additions that will help even more? Mint is a known natural headache reliever (relaxes local blood vessels to relieve pain), and ginger is a wonderful anti-inflammatory that reduces the pain associated with headaches (remember that our brains cannot sense pain - a headache is a result of the nerves around the head, or can stem from your shoulders/neck).
- 3 organic lemons, thinly sliced
- 3 organic limes, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup organic mint leaves
- 2 inches ginger root
- 1 organic cucumber, thinly sliced
- 1 litre spring or filtered water (reverse osmosis is the next best to spring water)
Put all of the ingredients into the water and let sit overnight. Drink this whenever you feel a headache coming on. This will make 4 servings (1 cup each).