Headaches are Caused by Dehydration?


Headaches are Caused by Dehydration?

Headaches are caused by dehydration? Here's how to prevent them.

Did you know that 80% of headaches are caused by dehydration? On especially hot days, nine degrees or more above average, your risk of getting a migraine jumps 8%.

Our brains are mostly water and when you reduce the water content in your body your brain literally shrinks because your blood flow function becomes disrupted and causes a reduction of flow to the brain. This in turn causes inflammation. In short, your body simply does not have enough water to function properly. You can recognize a dehydration headache because it causes pain when you move.

To improve the symptoms, reduce physical activity, drink plenty of water, replace lost electrolytes, don’t simply drink plain water. Add some lemon and a dash of salt and take a mild pain killer. Keep in mind however, if you don’t replace electrolytes in your body, the pain will come back after the pain killer effect wears off.

To prevent these kinds of headaches, drink before you’re thristy. The headache is a sign that something is wrong. Make sure to address it immediately to avoid further dehydration. If you continue to suffer, come talk to us about pain management strategies.


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