Migraines and Dehydration

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WaterThe holidays are on the horizon, with the related “to-do” lists forming in the back of most people’s heads.  Though for most people , the holiday season means family, parties, friends, and celebrations, for some this time of year works out to be much more stressful than fun.

What I’ve noticed over the years is that Migraine sufferers end up having an increase in the frequency and intensity of their suffering during the holidays.  There are, undoubtedly, many factors involved, but one factor in particular, stands out above the others.

Dehydration –   a/k/a less than adequate daily water intake.

While dehydration may sound like an extreme term for someone who just doesn’t drink enough water, the importance of adequate water intake cannot be understated.   Our brains consist of about 80% water.  Our muscles are more than 75% water.  Even our bones are comprised of 50% water.

So, why else is water so important?  Water is involved to some degree or another in everything the body does.  Water promotes, provides, and supports innumerable functions in our body including the following:

Water helps our bodies digest the foods we eat, and absorb & assimilate nutrients.  Water helps remove toxins from our cells and organs;  it supports the regulation of our blood pressure.  Water is necessary for our bodies to form new blood cells, and water is a transport medium for communication from the Central Nervous System to the rest of the body.  It even supports our having an effective immune system, so if you find yourself having frequent colds and illnesses…you may want to take a closer look to see if you’re drinking enough water every day.  I could go on and on, but I wont.  Needless to say, water is a fundamental necessity for our body’s well-being.

During the holiday season, we all tend to drink less water, and indulge in food and drinks that dehydrate the body even further, including coffee, sugary items, and alcohol.  To add to that, many do not sleep as well, what with all the activities, parties, commitments, traveling, etc., which compounds the dehydration in our bodies.

Migraine sufferers have it particularly bad this time of year, and one way to mitigate some of the suffering is to get enough water into your body every day.  I recommend to clients that they keep a 16oz bottle of water in the car, one on their desks at work, and one by the TV remotes at home.  These act as visual reminders to drink water throughout the day.

Wishing You Well,

Sandy Schell

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