Why medicine isn’t always the answer

If you have a headache, your first instinct might be to pop an Advil. However, this isn’t always necessary, which is good news for people who don’t like to take pills.

Where do I start?

By finding the root of common health issues, you can stop them from happening and find ways to feel better.

One major cause of headaches is stress. Stress plays a big factor on teens’ physical health, causing a person to lose sleep or feel unfocused.

If you think your headache is a result of stress, find the cause of your stress and create a solution to eliminate it.

For example, if your biology class is keeping you awake at night, make an appointment with a tutor or study with a classmate.

The cure without the medicine – headaches

You can also try managing your stress in a healthy way, such as working out or playing sports, or finding a creative outlet, like painting or drawing.

Remember that your body will function better under stress if you eat well and have a good sleeping pattern.

According to Nemours, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving children’s health, most teens need between eight and a half and nine hours of sleep each night. Creating a schedule can help you to stay on track without getting overwhelmed.

During these hot summer months, staying hydrated is important to keep your body cool. Spending a day in the sun means you’ll need require extra fluids.

If you’re exercising, make sure to hydrate before and during your activity and wear loose, lightweight clothing. If you become dehydrated, you will likely get a headache.

Though the amount of fluids required depends on each individual, Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit organization that focuses on medical research and care, suggests about 3 liters for men and 2.2 liters for women every day.

If you tend to forget to drink, carry a water bottle with you throughout the day.

Lifestyle changes to control allergies

Making lifestyle changes can do more than prevent headaches; it can also help with allergies.

If you suffer from allergies, try to do a weekly cleaning to keep your room free of dust and other allergens.

Washing hands and using air conditioning instead of opening windows can keep allergies at bay; this applies to your home as well as your car.

Showering after being outdoors prevents pollen from spreading to other objects, especially beds. Sleeping in an allergy-ridden bed will leave you feeling groggy the next morning, so make sure to wash your bedding once per week.

If you think you’re allergic to something, check with a doctor — don’t test your limits using your own suspicions.

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In some cases, you might need medicine to reduce pain or other symptoms. In that case, you should contact a health professional.

However, knowing your body allows you to take control of it and help it perform at its best. While medicine may alleviate symptoms, you can stop or prevent the cause of ailments.

If something doesn’t feel right, pay attention to how your body feels, make note of it and seek help as soon as possible.

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