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By Dr. Scott Graves, Natural Blaze
Rehydrate Now: Dehydration as a cause of Migraines or Headaches
Another frequent cause of migraine or tension headaches is dehydration. In so many cases, people tend to be so busy or just are not paying enough attention to the subtle needs of the body that when the pain arrives the awareness comes that not enough water has been consumed throughout the course of the day. Lack of water and headaches are a very common issue that is easily remedied. Dehydration is also a well known factor in those with fatigue or low energy.
In some frightening cases, I have had patients that have commented to me that there have been times when they can remember going weeks on end without having consumed a drop of pure water. These people are more common that one might think. The liquids that are being consumed instead are coffee, soft drinks, tea, energy drinks, Gatorade and other types of beverages.
The body distinctively knows when you are drinking pure water verses when you are having water that is mixed with something else. Everyone needs to be drinking just pure water.
Ergo, here are some suggestions for how to best consume water.
Quantity. The rule in Chinese medicine in a normal health person is to drink water when you are thirsty. However, many pathological conditions exist in which a person is not thirst at all or they are way too thirsty (diabetes). For most adults, at least 50 ounces per day is a good start. If exercising during the day, more than twice this amount can be consumed. If your urine is yellow at the beginning of the day, another good practice is to drink enough water so your urine turns clear or mostly clear by the end of the day.
Say NO to bottled water. Drinking bottle water is a wasteful practice, using up a lot of petroleum (oil) in order to make plastic. Buy a very nice 32 or 40 ounce stainless steel bottle ($30-40) which should last you a lifetime unless you lose it and can be refilled endlessly. Many of these bottles are very well made and have a lifetime warranty.
Buy a home water filtration system. In order to use your own bottle, you must buy a home water filter. The Berkey Water Filter is a great one to use. Do you own research to find one that works best for you. You will end up saving money in the long run by buying your own filter verses buying plastic bottled water.
Never drink water from the tap. Water from a city or municipality is loaded with chlorine and fluoride, both of which are toxins. Additionally, water from the tap is known to be loaded with many other chemicals, including pesticides, medication and hormone disrupters. Toxins are known to contribute many health problems including migraine and tension headaches. If you go to work out, bring your own water with you. ...More here