Can you remember the very first time you had an ache in your head? The most common aches in the body are in the head, and rightfully so, since it is right at the top of your body. Let me give a very brief introduction to my headache journey. The headaches i have had and still have occasionally, are attributive to common colds and flu, period pains, lack of sleep and stress. These are the popular kinds of headaches. At one time i thought a migraine and stress headache was the same, but apparently, a migraine headache could range from mild to severe and even lead people to A &E. I have probably had this one-sided kind of a headache a couple of times in my life, but only on the mild side. I call this journey exciting because whenever i had a headache i would just pop paracetamol or panadol in my mouth and then for the more stronger pains, Nurofen would suffice. When i started becoming more health conscious, i told myself “i am going to change medication” guess what i changed to? Ibuprofen!!
They are in the same category right. Very dumb move. And this time i was taking Ibuprofen for all aches. Anyway, i began to let diet play a part in my headache journey and also not forgetting the required amount of water and even much more a day. Slowly i went back to panadol and left the ibuprofen family for good. One important thing to take from this – Dehydration is one of the main causes of headaches and Water is, of course, a lifesaver to most physical conditions in the body.
Watch out for HEADACHES IN DEPTH
The average person has between 7-9 hours sleep. While you are asleep for that long, you obviously go into dehydration, hence when you wake up you are still tired. You may not feel thirsty but your body certainly is. Most people like to wake up with a cup of coffee or tea and this tends to literally wake them up in every sense of the word. Why is that? The caffeine and this applies even if the tea or coffee is decaffeinated. Yes caffeine may be good in some respects, but there are more disadvantages than advantages.
I say WAKE up with WATER–
The best thing for de hydration is WATER– At least drink 500ml of water when you wake up. This applies to children and adults, and i know, that it may not be one of the most pleasant drinks to have when you wake up, but I have had to cultivate the habit by starting with 200ml then moved up. I now drink more than 500ml on some days, but not in one go.
Not only does water hydrate you:
1.It fires your metabolism up by 24% for the first one hour at least. I immediately feel alert and awake, it is an amazing feeling
2.Water also helps to flush out the toxins from your body. The kidney can only do this job excellently if it has enough clear fluid, water being the case.
First thing in the morning is best, after all the intake of food the day before. I have noticed a change in my body as the water intake on an empty stomach thoroughly cleanses my colon and gets the body ready to absorb nutrients easily. After about 1 hour i drink whatever i want excluding drinks with artificial sugars. This is usually blended fruits and /or greens, which i limit to two or three times a week. Before i take any meal whether it is small medium or large, i always have a fruit. Basically when you get up in the morning and especially since you have not eaten for about 8 hours, it is important that your first form of food for the morning is very light. The name “Breakfast” implies that you are breaking a fast.
So Hydrate yourself, Energise yourself, be Detoxified in yourself as you start your day.
Watch out for my blog on – ‘Why should I have a glass of water before bedtime’