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Migraine Awareness Month #4: “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over!”

Today’s Blog Prompt is: What’s the best tip you can offer others for having some summer fun despite Migraines?

Hydrate! In one word, that’s the absolutely most important thing you can do to keep headaches or migraine attacks at bay in the heat and humidity of summer.

To get enough fluid, all you have to do is drink when you’re thirsty– that’s how most healthy people stay adequately hydrated, according to the Institute of Medicine. Although there’s no hard evidence to support the longstanding rule to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, it is a good amount to aim for. Combined with the fluids you receive from food and all the beverages you drink (including those containing caffeine or alcohol), the guideline closes the gap to meet the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation of 2.7 liters (91 ounces) per day for women and 3.7 liters (125 ounces) a day for men.

Not sure if you’re dehydrated? There are a couple easy ways to check: Pinch the skin on the back of your hand. If the pinched fold sinks down slowly instead of springing back into place, you may be dehydrated. Or you can press on a fingernail, which will cause it to turn white. When you lift up, count how long it takes for the color to return to normal. If it takes more than two seconds, you may be dehydrated.

If you think you’re drinking enough water but still seem to be dehydrated, try a sports drink, like Gatorade or Powerade, or coconut water. These drinks have electrolytes, which are minerals that help keep the body’s fluids in balance.

It can be easy to get caught up in the busyness of summer fun and forget to drink enough fluid. If you feel a headache coming on, drink a glass of water — that may be all you need to send the headache packing.

National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation. The Blogger’s Challenge is initiated by www.FightingHeadacheDisorders.com.

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Institute of Medicine. (2004). Dietary Reference Intakes: Water, Potassium, Sodium, Chloride, and Sulfate. Available at http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2004/Dietary-Reference-Intakes-Water-Potassium-Sodium-Chloride-and-Sulfate.aspx. Accessed June 2012.

Comments

  • kristisprague
    7 years ago

    Being out in the hottest time of the day often triggers a migraine for me, so I schedule my activities to avoid outdoor plans at that time. Sunglasses! A must have. Mine are prescription glasses. I also need to plan ‘downtime’ during hot days… a 15 minute relaxation session or meditation, a short nap, art work. Finally, summer brings summer foods. Some of these have food triggers that I may have forgotten, so I try to remember my list and write it down.

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