Thursday, April 28, 2011

Springtime Headache?

So you don’t have the classic allergy symptoms—itchy eyes, runny nose. But you have a headache you just can’t shake. Stays with you and keeps you awake at night.

Well, you may be having an allergic reaction to the pollens. Not having a full-blown histamine reaction, but still your body is reacting to the seasonal pollens.

That's me since last week.

I wasn’t feeling quite right. I never get headaches. I posted Controlling Allergies Naturally last week because I encountered so many people miserable with allergy symptoms and/or drugged out on allergy medication. But just because you haven’t been identified as allergic to pollens doesn’t mean your body won’t have a reaction to the springtime nemesis.

Frustrated that I couldn’t figure out why I had such a nagging headache, I began to look at everything—my foods. Maybe I do have an allergy to gluten. Hmmmm… Could it be something more serious? Eeeeee… Don’t wanna go there. I’m too healthy.

I had a conversation with someone about allergies and recounted my first springtime in the San Francisco Bay Area. I had a huge, migraine-like headache that first spring. Next spring nothing.

Bing! That could be it! My body might be having an allergic reaction this spring. Lots of rain has created an abundance of grasses, plus the oak pollens are everywhere—coating everything with a yellow powder.

Yesterday I seized on my own advice and took a saturation dose of grape seed extract. Within an hour I felt better. Last night I slept well—not awakened by a nagging headache.

Saturation dose: 60mg grape seed per 20 pounds of body weight for one week.

Do you have a headache you just can’t shake? Pick up some grape seed extract (aka OPC) at the health food store and sleep easier.


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