The influence of coffee on headaches is eagerly discussed by both drinkers and their doctors. By many, coffee is said to help people with low blood pressure because it widens blood vessels and increases blood pressure. Plus, ibuprofen combined with a cup of coffee can facilitate a quicker relief on a headache; there is already a number of analgesics with a caffeine ingredient. Besides, high-level consumers are considered to be less likely to have chronic headaches.
Meanwhile, Knut Hagen, a researcher from NTNU’s Faculty of Medicine says that according to his research results, people who consume high amount of coffee every day are more likely to have occasional headaches. Also, if you suffer from migraines, combination of ibuprofen and coffee is not recommended. Add to that a possible headache on the day you decided to withdraw from daily cup of coffee. Caffeine can act as a diuretic and reduce water level in the body, which in its turn might affect sensory neurons and cause headache.
Basically, with or without coffee, headaches are hard to avoid. However, by simple measures you can at least eliminate risks of having one. For instance, if today you feel your heartbeat faster than usual and blood pressure pumped, it might help if you decide to refrain from coffee. On the other hand, if you have already had an issue with coffee withdrawal, you can choose not to spoil your day-off with a likely headache and have your usual cup. To avoid possible dehydration, simply drink more water – by the way, water is good for you on any day. Finally, as Dr. James Bibb, associate professor at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center rightfully notices, “as with all things, moderation is required so that we receive its benefits.”