Quick fix: A Hard-Boiled Egg
Eating protein can sometimes stop the pounding before it starts — or at least reduce its severity. 'It s important to eat protein, not carbs, because you don t want to raise your blood sugar too quickly,' Dr. Diamond says. Carbs send your blood sugar soaring, then crashing, which can trigger headaches. Protein takes longer to digest, so it raises sugar levels slowly. Not an egg fan? Try nuts, string cheese, or a protein bar. Avoid aged cheeses, like Camembert, which have been shown to cause headaches.
Quick fix: Ginger
Don t let your transatlantic flight feel like an afternoon on Space Mountain. Take 500 milligrams of powdered or raw ginger 30 minutes before departure, then another 500 milligrams every 3 to 4 hours, advises Norman Farnsworth, Ph.D., director of the Program for Collaborative Research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Farnsworth believes ginger reduces motion sickness because it stimulates receptors in the digestive tract that help release the soothing hormone serotonin.
Quick fix: Fruit Juice
Pick up some OJ before cocktail hour. Fruit juice contains a natural form of sugar called fructose. 'This helps you burn off the alcohol and get it out of your body faster,' says Merle Diamond, M.D., associate director of the Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago. After an evening on the town, drink an 8- to 10-ounce serving of fruit juice before hitting the sack 'so you re not so unhappy in the morning,' Dr. Diamond says.
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Quick fix: Chocolate
Your Godiva habit is a smart one — literally. Milk chocolate can help boost brain activity. According to a recent study at Wheeling Jesuit University, 15 minutes after eating about 3 ounces of chocolate, participants scored higher on a series of verbal and visual memory tests than those who ate none. Scientists believe that the nutrients released during chocolate consumption enhance cognitive performance. Pop a few Hershey s Kisses before the big meeting and negotiate your way into a corner office.