H2Ohhhhhhh! Water and Headache Prevention
Updated: Nov 15, 2021
Why it's even more important for headache warriors to stay on top of their water intake and stay hydrated
Welcome back Warriors to Migraines and Margaritas where we share a deelish Margarita recipe and then get down to business creating a healthier happier pain free life
Today's Recipe to quench your thirst is my absolute favorite
Key Lime Pie Margarita! Yes or Yes?! Oh man I'm drooling already
By Bahama Breeze
(This is a secret recipe I got from BB just to share with you! This drink is not on the menu) ;-)
COMBINE ALL INGREDIENTS INTO A SHAKER
2 oz of your favorite Tequila (recommended 1800 reposado)
1 oz Midori Melon
1 oz Nelly & Joe's Famous Key West Lime Juice
1 oz Rose's Lime
1 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz sweetened condensed milk
1 egg white
1/2 cup of ice to serve on the rocks
Water and Headache Prevention
You hear it all of the time, drink your water! Now you see it in your face with insta fit posts and trends like #seeachugsendachug because agua is ohhhhhhhh so good for you and so incredibly vital for my peeps with chronic headaches and migraines.
Fitness experts recommend 100-120 oz of water per day. If you can manage this without having to go pee all night long then definitely do. Everybody is different but I find that my absolute minimum water intake to avoid a dehydration headache is 80 ounces per day. The water in your coffee or smoothie does count toward this goal. No the water in your beer does not count Kevin! Nice try
As with everything else, us Warriors must painstakingly pay attention to day after day to prevent headaches, water should be in your top 5 to pay close attention to.
Besides our bodies needing water to function and stay alive, why is it that headache sufferers are so much more susceptible to headache pain related to even the slightest dip in water consumption?
Why are Migraine sufferers so sensitive?
When the body is dehydrated, the brain can temporarily contract or shrink from fluid loss. This mechanism causes the brain to pull away from the skull, causing pain and resulting in a dehydration headache.
Even mild dehydration can cause a dehydration headache.
Once re-hydrated, the brain plumps up and returns to its normal state, relieving the headache.
Dehydration also causes blood volume to drop resulting in less blood and oxygen flow to the brain and dilated blood vessels. Some experts suspect that a loss of electrolytes causes nerves in the brain to produce pain signals.... But migraine sufferers may be more sensitive to the effects of dehydration.
A dehydration headache can feel like a dull headache or an intense migraine. Pain from a dehydration headache can occur at the front, back, side, or all over the head.
Unlike a sinus headache, a person experiencing a dehydration headache will likely not experience facial pain or pressure. Pain is also unlikely to occur in the back of the neck as it might with a tension headache.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Unfortunately warriors the only thing that will make this type of headache go away is re-hydrating, and that takes time.
Coconut water is a great way to speed up the process in addition to regular water.
Stay out of the sun
Avoid all caffeine while trying to hydrate
Another product that has helped me in the past are the Emergen-c packs that you can find at virtually any grocery store or stores like Walmart and Target. These are great for electrolytes.
Prevention is key! These types of headaches are completely avoidable so drink up!
Carry a water bottle with you or set a timer as a reminder, or do both like I do!
Let's get drinking and feel H2Ohhhhh so much better!
Jen and the Headzen Team