Why headaches can occur and how to avoid headaches when using nootropics.


Headaches suck. Don’t you hate it when you’re going through your normal day and suddenly your head just starts hurting? Maybe it’s around the temples. Maybe it’s the forehead. Or it could even be along the face, jaw, or occipital ridge. Either way, it can be very uncomfortable and inconvenient when in the middle of having fun or an important meeting at work. So what can we do, and why do the headaches occur in the first place?

Not just about water

A long time ago in medical science they thought the headaches were caused by blocked or alternated blood flow around the brain. However, scientists have since realized that if that were true, one would instantly either be paralyzed, unconscious, unable to walk or communicate, or dead. As this would be a very serious medical condition called an aneurysm. However, 99.99% of headaches are actually changes in the fascia around the scalp . This is referred to as a “tension headache”.
The fascia lines run from the sacrum, up along the spine, over the back of the head, down the face, then down the chest and belly and again down to the sacrum. There is another line that goes shoulder to shoulder passing through the jaw and over the head. The fascia is a component of the body like bone, but it holds the soft tissue together like the cables on a suspension bridge. When the fascia is either pulled or relaxed at a relatively quick rate, then one will experience a tension headache sometimes associated with a sparking feeling from the surrounding nerve muscle junctions and the pulsing of blood vessels that supply nutrients to the recently adapted tissue.

Are headaches dangerous?

So is this dangerous? It’s about as dangerous as a sore knee after a jog. It’s really more annoying than anything. Especially as the fascia that crosses over the top of the head. It can make it really difficult to think for a few minutes when it resets. However, not giving the mind the proper time to reset is what caused the fascia to tense up in the first place, so your body has likely been waiting years for that 5 minute break. You have the ability to drink another coffee and tell your body to be quiet once again. But we are hoping that if you are on this site and reading this article that you are at least a little interested in doing good for your body and mind.

So are tension headaches bad for your health?

Well, that depends. Tension headaches occur when there is a drastic change. They tend to occur either when people are really relaxed such as at a party, in a spa, or consuming alcohol or other supplements for relaxation. However, they can also occur when one is under a lot of pressure and has been hyperfocusing on something like a computer for too long. The latter of the two is a pretty bad sign, and means you need to take a break. But if you feel like you weren’t super stressed out or in a high stress environment when the headache occurred, then it is likely that the fascia is trying to relax. The fascia tightening is a very bad sign of worsening mental health. The fascia relaxing is a very good sign of improving mental health.

Why is the fascia on the head so important for mental health?

The fascia that goes across the head is at a very important intersection and travels through many vital areas; most importantly is the fascia along the center of the head. It starts between the eyebrows and goes back and down either side of the spine. If the fascia tenses up, it will cause compression of the vertebral disks, and therefore will compress the areas where blood, lymph and nerve vessels flow to the organs. This will limit mental faculties, cause one to be irritable, and will result in mental illness, and/or other illnesses. This isn’t the only cause, but is certainly a primary contributing factor.

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.

Further recommendations

Furthermore, adding in a supplement that relaxes the fascia to the 4 above suggestions can help accelerate the healing process, and reduce the amount of time it takes to reset the fascia. Some people claim to get benefits from things like the marijuana, alcohol, or other stuff, which for some might sound appealing. But why deal with all those side effects, high costs, and potential illegality when there is a better option. We designed Thriiv to have all the short term and long term benefit of improving fascial health, mental health, brain health, and the health of the organs, without the side effects that come with the alternatives. Even many nootropic products contain high enough amounts of caffeine to cause permanent damage to the fascia. Thriiv not only heals the fascia, but makes it also easier for the mind to concentrate on tasks, solve difficult problems, and handle complex situations with full mental power and clarity. We believe that everyone should have easy access to better mental health, and we have already made that possible for thousands of people across the world with Thriiv.


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.