How to Induce Headaches

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A headache is described as pain in the head and upper neck. According to Medicine.net, secondary headaches consist of pain from underlying issues such as tumors, meningitis or brain bleeds. Primary headaches are less serious and consist of aches and pains associated with tension, migraines, and cluster headaches. There do not appear to be many benefits from inducing headaches as they affect quality of life and can cause serious damage from being induced. It is recommended that you not induce headaches on purpose, and prevent them by avoiding their common causes.

Things You'll Need

  • Strobe Light
  • Bright Lights
  • Vitamin A-rich foods
  • Histamine-rich foods
  • Consuming foods rich in Tyramine, such as cheeses, pickled herring, and meat or yeast induce headaches. According to Dr. Kaslow.com, Tyramine is formed during the aging of protein-rich foods, and eating large amounts of chocolate, eggs, wheat, fava beans, peanuts, tomatoes, pork, cabbage sauerkraut, vanilla, soy sauce, and salted dried fish cause blood vessels to dilate and induce headaches.

  • High histamine levels induce headaches. Consuming large amounts of beer, wine and chocolate increases your heart rate and can cause a vascular headache, as well as eating foods that emit histamine after consumption, such as egg whites, shellfish and citrus. You can also cause a histamine headache by experiencing high levels of stress.

  • You can induce a headache by not drinking enough water. Depriving your brain of water is very dangerous, as it will start producing histamines to protect itself. The presence of histamines result in low energy and headaches.

  • Staring at bright, flashing, pulsing lights commonly induce headaches through eye strain. You can cause eye strain by staring at a computer screen too long, sitting in a fluorescent-lit room, or by being in the presence of a strobe light. Inducing eye-strain will almost always lead to a headache, due to pressure inflicted on the brain and blood vessels.

  • Consuming excess amounts of vitamin A can induce a headache by raising intracranial pressure through elevating your intake of dairy products such as cheese, milk and eggs. Weightlossforall.com also lists cod liver oil, kale and spinach as high sources of vitamin A.

Tips & Warnings

  • You should not try to induce headaches on purpose. Becoming dehydrated is very dangerous, and in serious cases can result in death. The listed steps serve as avoidance guidelines. If your headaches become severe, your symptoms change, or become more frequent, see a doctor immediately.

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