How Drinking Water Can Reduce Migraines
”Water is life’s mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.” – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
Most migraine sufferers are severely dehydrated and they are not even aware of it. 10% dehydration will raise the chances of having a migraine by 50% and 50% dehydration will increase the chances of having a migraine by 90%.
If you suffer from migraines, you may well have stored up some toxins in your body which will drain your energy and make you vulnerable to migraine attacks. Increasing your water intake will increase your immune system as it water will flush toxins out of your body and replenishes you with energy. Your skin will also thank you for it.
Replacing endless cups of caffeine-laden coffee, tea and carbonated sugary drinks with mineral wateris probably the most important part of an anti-migraine campaign. If you do not do this, you cannot ‘flush’ the body out and fully cleanse the system.
The recommended dose is to drink 8 glasses or 2 litres a day. You don”t have to drink this all at once. Stagger it during the day making sure that you don’t drink two hours before a meal.
If this feels like a lot of drinking, start with the maximum amount you can take and then increase by a glass every week, until you can easily drink 2 litres.
If your urine is anything but the palest yellow, you should be drinking more water. Apart from improving your skin, you will also have more energy and sleep better. Opt for still rather than sparkling mineral water to prevent unnecessary bloating.
One secret that will help your body detox faster is to start your day with half sqeezed lemon and warm water. The lemon juice will clean the liver, whiten your teeth and over time, put a spring in your step. A word of caution, though, as much as you are tempted to take a shortcut, never ever ever drink lemon juice and cold water on an empty stomach. Why? Well, it will give you awful stomach cramps.
Action Tip: Make sure you have a jug or bottle of water close by at all times and keep drinking. Don”t worry about frequent trips to the bathroom in the beginning as these will drop to normal after a couple of days. Note down how many glasses of water you drink in your migraine journal. Note what you eat and how you feel and the dominant thoughts and emotions you have and your reactions to events and people.