• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    Madrid, Spain
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    Harare, Zimbabwe
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    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

My Achin’ Head: All-Natural Remedies

Today I woke up with a horrible headache.  I knew I wasn’t feeling quite right last night when I went to sleep, and sure enough by the time I got up this morning, my head was pounding.  I have never been one for taking medications, though.  I have tried to avoid taking them all my life, unless of course I absolutely had to.  My motto has always been, “If it only hurts, I can handle the pain.”  Luckily for me, I have several friends who have been trained in nutrition and natural health who know a few tricks about curbing the pain of headaches and other pains that sometimes can lead people to pop an ibuprofen or tylenol when in pain.  Here are some of the amazing all-natural ways I have been taught to deal with the common headache (that I will most likely end up using today!):

–          Apply an icepack to the area of pain.  Be sure to move the pack to other areas of high tension such as the neck, temples, and the back of the head.

–          Place gentle pressure on the area of pain and rotate the pressure slowly for 15 seconds and release. Repeat as often as necessary.

–          Relax your jaw for five minutes and close your eyes.  Many people don’t realize that pressure in the head is a result of tense muscles in the neck and jaw.  By resting these muscles, you can actually minimize the ache.

–          Take in some Vitamin D.  Studies have shown that getting appropriate levels of Vitamin D on a daily basis can reduce headaches and migraines.  Simply eating foods such as fish and drinking milk can reduce headaches.

–          Get some Magnesium in your body.  Magnesium also plays a role in the frequency of headaches and having a proper amount each day is key to prevention.  Foods like oats, bran, and pumpkin seeds are healthy choices for gaining magnesium.

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