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Beat headaches with probiotics

Posted by nexbaau on 6th Apr 2020

In light of Headache Awareness Week, we’re sharing some insights into the connection between gut health and all other aspects of our wellbeing.

For those who suffer from frequent headaches or migraines, you’ll know just how debilitating they can be. From throbbing head pains and persistent aches, to impaired vision, sensitivity to light and sound and/or sleep disturbances, there’s an endless list of reasons why you should nip them in the bud.

While there are a number of factors that contribute to headaches (which we will touch on in this article), the topic we are focusing on is how probiotics and gut healing drinks like kombucha can actually help your headache pains. How? It all comes down to the gut.

Unhappy gut = headaches

The much quoted Greek physician, frequently referred to as the ‘father of medicine’, Hippocrates, once said that all disease begins in the gut”. It seems that science and modern technology are bringing evidence to this wise insight (made a whopping 2000+ years ago!) with more and more research demonstrating correlation between gut and a myriad of health conditions. That is, everything from skin conditions and weight, to immunity and brain health. Headaches fit within the category of brain health, and increasingly studies are linking healthy gut flora with a reduction of headaches. 

recent literature review published in the Pain Physician, explored the relationship between microbiota and migraines. The review concluded that there is an association between increased gut permeability (sometimes referred to as “leaky gut”) and migraine headaches. The review also found that improving intestinal flora was correlated with a reduction in inflammation and overall gut and brain health.

Taking probiotics is a fantastic way to begin to repair and support your gut health. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast that your digestive system rely upon in order to function optimally. In saying that, it is important to note that not all probiotics were made equal. It is crucial that you are choose high quality probiotic supplements to ensure you will actually reap the benefits. Our probiotic Nexba beverages use a unique strain of robust probiotics that actually survive the journey from your mouth to your gut. In fact research shows that 85% will reach your intestines intact!

Other ways to prevent headaches

While it’s important to see your doctor if you have frequent or persistent headaches, here are some common culprits and preventative measures to keep those headaches at bay:

  • Make sure you are drinking plenty of water! Rule of thumb is to aim for 8 glasses of per day.
  • Practice good posture. Neck and back stiffness which can occur as a result of slouching can cause headaches. Make sure you have a supportive pillow to use at night, too!
  • Try to avoid looking at a computer or mobile device for prolonged periods of time. If you’re on the computer all day, make sure you take regular breaks away from the screen.
  • Get an appropriate amount of sleep. Too much or too little sleep can result in a nasty headache.
  • Practice stress management to avoid tension headaches. There are lots of different strategies for managing stress including yoga, walking/running, meditation, taking deep breaths and so on. The most effective strategy will depend on the individual.

Mixed Berry and Coconut Kombucha

Here we have featured a refreshing (and delicious) Nexba Mixed Berry and Coconut Kombucha mocktail to heal your gut. We’ve used a blend of our Mixed Berry Kombucha for its natural sweet flavour and hit of probiotics, and coconut water for its thirst quenching ability and abundance of essential vitamins and minerals.


Serves 6

2 cups Nexba Mixed Berry Kombucha ice cubes*
1L Nexba Mixed Berry Kombucha
1L coconut water
1 cup fresh berries (we used a mix of raspberries, strawberries and blueberries)

*To make the kombucha berry ice cubes simply place fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and/or raspberries) in an ice tray and pour over Nexba Mixed Berry Kombucha. Place in the freezer overnight to set. 


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large jar and gently mix.
  2. Serve and enjoy!