Why headaches can occur and how to avoid headaches when using nootropics.
Not just about water
Are headaches dangerous?
So are tension headaches bad for your health?
Why is the fascia on the head so important for mental health?
Things that tighten and loosening the fascia
Things that can cause tightening of fascia include (strong) coffee, energy drinks, nicotine, amphetamines, MDMA, other SSRIs, opiate based pharmaceuticals (due to the damage to the digestive system), and other stimulants. Not to mention, just stress in general.
Here is a list of things that will likely cause loosening of the fascia. Alcohol, marijuana, muscle relaxers, some antidepressants, adaptogenic herbs (Indian medicinal herbs used for relaxation), kava, kratom and psychedelic drugs. Keep in mind that some of these may release the fascia temporarily, but may come with other major side effects such as the antidepressants causing brain fog, memory loss and weakening the kidneys and alcohol causing impaired judgement and liver damage. That is why it is important to choose wisely when considering you have to live the rest of your life in your body.
Our motivation for writing this article was due to the fact that Nootripure has a product called Thriiv that is packed with highly refined and very potent adaptogenic medicinal herbs that will cause the fascia to relax; sometimes very rapidly for people resulting in headaches. Another thing that happens is that people might take more Thriiv than they should at once, this will also cause a headache, but it would be from the tightening of the fascia which is not good. So be sure to take the right amount of any type of medicine to ensure that you stay relaxed, calm, and under complete control.
So how do we fix these annoying headaches?
Unfortunately, there is no easy path as it can be quite difficult. By the time most people leave high school, their fascia has already undertaken a lot of damage from sitting too much, studying, not stretching enough, improper diets, worry, etc. Unfortunately, the human body was never designed to “study” anything or pay attention to things for long periods of time. It evolved from walking for long periods of time, hunting, and dancing around campfires, which is quite a lot different than video-gaming on the couch while eating pre-packaged food. So this tends to cause severe damage unless one very carefully balances their lifestyle from a very young age. Fascial damage is what the yogic system (sutras) was designed to protect against. But most of us didn’t come out of the womb doing yoga poses, so what do we do now that the damage has been done? Here are 4 quick suggestions:
Close your eyes for 5 minutes, get your body to fully relax, and focus intently on where it hurts most. With your mind intensify the pain 100x until the area relaxes. (The tissue wants to relax, so we are just speeding up the process so you can get on with your day. This usually takes between 2 to 10 minutes to resolve.)
Take intermittent breaks when working (no more than 60 minutes at a time) to stretch and yawn like you do when you first wake up. This stretches the jaw and gets the muscles to push as hard as they can to keep the fascia in shape.
Stretch 15 minutes, especially the hips and shoulders, before and after sleeping (or put yoga or similar in your daily routine – You can find 5, 15, or 60 minute videos easily on Youtube.)
Stay away from the ‘causes fascial tension’ list above.
Note: This is not medical advice, but rather suggestions that may bring benefit to one’s health.
As an added note, there is no point to trying to massage the jaw as it is the strongest muscle in the body. Any amount of pressure that will affect the jaw will also break the muscle tissue. You must solve it at the root of the issue which mainly lies in the hips and shoulders. Also, the reason we mention yoga. Unlike pilates or other types of workouts that were designed based on muscles and tendons, it is a fascia redevelopment system. Lastly, we excluded the 5th major solution on purpose, but it does indeed work really well to stop the headaches. If you just engage in unhealthy activity like eating a bunch of fast food, slamming an energy drink or two, and maybe a little sinful behavior, the body will stop healing, the fascia will stop resetting, and the headaches will be no more. However, we don’t suggest this, for it will likely make the situation worse over time.
In summary, the path to mental wellness is littered with annoying little headaches as the fascia resets, allowing for improved nerve, blood, and lymph flow to the vital organs and brain. And we never know when they will come as we never know when the body decides suddenly to start healing this or that. As inconvenient as it is, the important thing is that you are on the right path, the path to superior mental clarity.
As we conclude we will add a little side note so that there are no surprises. After you release the tension from the fascia on the head, the other ends of the fascia in the knees, elbows, feet, and hands will begin to ache a little too. But no worries, you can use Thriiv and the same 4 ideas above to move through them quickly and wake up to a brighter, lighter, more joyful you. The Nootripure Foundation is here to do anything we can to support you on your path to better mental wellness.