WATER AND YOU VOL 2 - ISSUE 1
Water, a relatively accessible natural resource on earth, is useful for several things yet widely underestimated.
Did you know that drinking enough water may help prevent headaches or reduce their severity?
Last time, we examined our muscles in relation to our water consumption. This time, we will be considering water's effect on our Health (Headaches).
Headaches are a very common form of pain and can be a nuisance when someone has one. Rather than reaching for over-the-counter painkillers, there are many natural methods that one can try to help them get rid of a headache.
One very potent remedy is Water.
Dehydration can be an underlying cause of many simple headaches. It may also alter how a person feels, acts, or thinks. As a study in the journal Antioxidants notes, even slight dehydration may alter how people think and function, making them feel worse, with or without a headache.
Water may help make someone in this situation feel better. Drinking water may not reduce how long people have their headaches, but it does make them subjectively feel better.
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. Once rehydrated, the brain plumps up and returns to its normal state, relieving the headache.
If you have a headache after you exercise or engage in physical activity, it is important to note that water can be very useful. Narrowing of your blood vessels can happen when you exercise. Fluid loss through sweating can also make you feel dizzy or experience headaches. So, drink water before and during exercise.to prevent this.
Try to drink 1 to 3 cups of water over the course of an hour or two before exercising. You can also carry a water bottle during your workout so you can replenish your body as it sweats. Make sure to follow up with a glass or two after your workout as well.
Staying hydrated may be as simple as carrying a water bottle around and sipping on it throughout the day. Eating foods high in liquid, such as fruits, smoothies, or soups, will also improve hydration.
Stay Hydrated. Drink More, Live More!!