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If you suffer from migraines or know someone who does, I don’t have to tell you what a painful and unpredictable condition it can be. While some people find that prescription medications are effective at controlling migraines, they can be very expensive and don’t work for everyone.
Did you know there is a huge variety of natural migraine treatments that are inexpensive and readily available?
Just like medications, they don’t work for everyone, so getting familiar with the whole range of options is the best way to figure out what works best for you.
Before we get started, I want to make sure you know something important:
This is not a substitute for medical advice. Always consult with a medical professional before starting any treatment program.
Today we’re going to look at one of the most common causes of migraines: dehydration. Now don’t get me wrong, drinking a glass of water isn’t going to magically cure a migraine.
In fact, people who have suffered migraines for years have probably heard far too often that they need to drink more water. So maybe this sounds too easy. If you already drink 8-10 glasses of water a day, you couldn’t possibly be dehydrated, right?
Actually, you can be.
Dehydration isn’t just a lack of water. Dehydration might also mean you are lacking in the essential electrolytes that help water do its job inside your body.
Electrolytes are mineral nutrients that include sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and even chlorine. Each one has important functions in the body, and a deficiency in any one of these electrolytes can quickly become a serious medical condition.
Electrolytes and water work together to keep the body hydrated. If you aren’t getting enough water, the concentration of electrolytes in your blood can become so high that it can actually be poisonous. On the other hand, if you are getting plenty of water and not enough electrolytes, the water can’t be used effectively by your body. Balance is the key.
Magnesium deficiency is widely known to be a cause of headaches and muscle tension. Many people who suffer from migraines find that a magnesium supplement reduces the frequency and severity of their migraines.
As with any supplement, you want to be careful not to take too much. The recommended daily allowance for adults is 400 mg, so a supplement of 100-200 mg a day should be safe for most people. You can also get magnesium from eating spinach, almonds, brown rice, and lima beans.
Sodium, potassium, and calcium should not be overlooked, either. Depending on your dietary habits, you could be out of balance in any one of these essential electrolytes.
Take a few minutes to consider whether you are keeping yourself hydrated by drinking enough water and keeping your electrolytes in balance. If not, you may need to adjust your food choices and make an effort to drink more water throughout the day. These things will help with migraines and make you healthier overall.
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