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10 Types of Headaches and How to Combat Them

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Caffeine-withdrawal Headaches
Caffeine helps most of us start the day, but if you skip your cup of joe, you may suffer from a withdrawal headache.
Caffeine helps most of us start the day, but if you skip your cup of joe, you may suffer from a withdrawal headache.
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It's the perfect advertising campaign: Miss your coffee fix, and live to regret it. Coffee is enjoyed by people all over the world, and when people who drink the stimulating brew don't get their morning cup, many end up holding their head in their hands.

Caffeine withdrawal usually causes a throbbing headache, and the short-term cure is a pretty simple one: caffeine. Not only does caffeine withdrawal cause headaches, it causes fatigue and distraction. It can be hard to take care of the overall problem when the temporary solution is one pot of coffee away.

But why do our heads hurt when we don't get our beloved java? Researchers found that blood flow to the brain increases during caffeine withdrawal, causing the swelling of blood vessels so often involved in the "tight" feeling associated with headaches.

If you're trying to kick caffeine, lower your intake slowly over many days to avoid these pains, and then never worry about them again.

Or, have a double espresso and keep reading for lots more information about headaches.


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