• 6 Ways to Get Rid of Your Headache Using Water

    water for headaches

    Did You know?

    • 90% of all adults will get at least one tension headache in their lifetime.
    • Over 10% of the population suffers from migraines. (That’s 18% of women and 6% of men)
    • The average adult body is 50-65% water
    • 71% of the Earth’s surface is water

    That’s a lot of headaches and a lot of people who want some good old-fashioned headache relief. That’s also a lot of water.

    If you’re one of the 90%, you want to know how to get rid of your headaches, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this. In order to get rid of a headache (and I’m talking mainly about the tension type now – migraines are more complex than this post is going to get) you need to address the cause of the headache. The problem with finding the cause of a single headache is this:

    • There are many causes to sift through
    • The cause of this headache might not be the cause of your last headache
    • You may have several causes working together as co-sponsors of your headache. Getting rid of one will not get rid of your headache.

    A Very Watered Down List

    As  I sat down to write this post, I wasn’t sure what kind of theme my headache list should take, but I knew I wanted the list to be unique and the remedies to be easy. So, I went through my mental headache remedy archives looking for easy or easy to get remedies and found that most of them included water. Voila! A list was born.

    To get rid of a headache, take your water and…

    1. Drink it – If your headache goes away, it was a good old fashioned “dehydration” headache. (To be clear (because there’s always someone who isn’t) I’m not talking about clinical your-life-is-at-stake dehydration). Muscles function and feel best when fully hydrated. They also feel best when they’re not under strain from bad posture, poor ergonomics, or a near constant stress response. If you’ve already got a fair amount of strain on your muscles it’ll take much less water deficit to make them hurt, which is why one good-sized glass of water is often all that’s needed to reduce or get rid of your headache pain.
    2. Make tea/coffee – If a cup of tea or coffee kicks your headache to the curb, you probably had a caffeine rebound headache. Rebound headaches are also called overuse headaches, so you may want to consider ways of cutting  back on the amount of caffeine you consume to prevent these types of headaches in the first place. Bonus: Since caffeine can affect your ability to fall asleep, your sleep quality, or both, you’ll probably sleep better as well.
    3. Have a shot of whiskey – The Irish call whiskey uisce breatha which translates as “water of life.” I’m part Irish, so if caffeine makes my headache worse I’ll sometimes reach for a wee dram. Since alcohol has an opposite effect on the body than caffeine does, it sometimes works. When it doesn’t work, I care a little less. And that’s almost as good.
    4. Take a warm bath – The relaxation induced by a nice warm bath will soothe many stress headaches as well as the tight muscles that are involved in creating some or all of your pain.
    5. Moist heat on your head or neck – This may be a little bit of a stretch but it’s not moist heat without water or steam (which is just really hot water). Anyway, moist heat relaxes tight, contracted muscles better than dry heat, so putting it directly on the muscles involved in tension headaches often helps.
    6. Apply ice (yes, this counts bcasuse it’s still water… it’s just frozen) – Ice won’t help every headache but if heat makes your headache worse, or if you have a migraine, ice may help dull the pain. Some of my migraine clients report that putting ice on their knees when they feel a migraine coming on either prevents it from fully manifesting or reduces the intensity and duration. Some of my migraine clients find no benefit to putting ice on their knees, their head, or anywhere. So try it, or don’t. It’s up to you.

    How many of these have you tried? How many worked? Lemme know in the comments.

    And don’t forget to share if you found a helpful or interesting tidbit…or two… or more.

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