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Migraine and Water – Don’t forget to stay hydrated!

Dehydration is one of the most common yet overlooked migraine triggers.  Keeping track of our fluid intake is especially important during warmer summer months – migraines or not! We decided to ask our Facebook community for tips on staying hydrated. Here’s what they had to say:

  • I have reusable glass water bottles that are numbered 1-4 so it’s easy to keep track of how much I have had to drink.
  • I never go anywhere without something to drink & a snack size food in my purse.
  • I was drinking Powerade before during and after a migraine. But now I have discovered coconut water, much much better. Natural electrolytes.
  • Having a liter bottle is handy….knowing I need to drink it and refill about 3 times a day when the weather is hot.
  • I have an app that reminds me to drink water
  • I keep a post-it on my laptop with a note to remember to drink enough water (it also has a reminder to eat). When I don’t feel well, it’s easy to forget very basic things, especially if I am experiencing severe nausea.
  • I constantly have water on my bedside table.
  • I live on water and occasionally coconut water. Rarely drink anything else besides a cup of morning coffee.
  • Ice lollies!
  • I drink a lot of water, but I also try to consume a lot of fruits and veggies that have a high water content throughout the day as well so I’m not just drinking all my water I’m also getting some vitamin and minerals with it.
  • Water…..lots and lots of water EVERY day!
  • Orange juice helps my migraines
  • Powerade Zero year round. No aspartame in it. If you wait until you “feel” thirsty, you’ve already become dehydrated. Drink up!!
  • Water, water, or tea
  • Lots of filtered water every day.
  • Sometimes [I] drink Almond Coconut Milk and some herbal decaf tea.
  • I avoid sports drinks and water in small bottles. I prefer tap water that has sat out overnight…Adequate salt is important.

Do you have tips for staying well hydrated? Please share in the comments! 


  • Crystalrz4
    6 years ago

    My problem is, I’m also in Stage 3 Kidney Failure. My Nephrologist has me on a very limited fluid amount per day so I don’t over tax my kidneys. However, on the amount he wants me limited to, (approx.32oz.), my mouth get’s so dry I have trouble swallowing, and it makes my migraines worse. But if I over do it, I could further damage my kidneys. Not sure what to do.
    I have Chronic Daily (as in 24/7)/and Hemiplegic Migraines. I also have other health problems too.

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    6 years ago

    I’m so sorry to hear about your suffering. There’s not much I can do to help, but I have dry mouth severely as well due to medications. If it’s ok with your doctor, try using Biotene products which is designed to treat dry mouth. You can get them at any drugstore near the toothepaste and mouth wash. They have gum, lozenges, gels, toothepaste and mouth wash. Biotene helps me so I wanted to share!

  • Niso
    7 years ago

    mmmmm it’s a sweet thing to know, new for me.. I do prefer it among the choices all the time even in resturants. I keep on this choice cause it helps me keep my neausea stable… and avoid other juices which may upset my stomach then my mood then my head 😛

    and here it is the key word be HYDRATED

  • Niso
    7 years ago

    and yes try Water with ice and lemon slice… simple but soooo refreshing

  • lara
    7 years ago

    My nutrition classes in College taught me to avoid sports drinks. Drink water.

    I eat lots of fruits and veggies though more in the spring/summer than winter. It’s especially nice that my roommate has a small garden and we’re growing tomatoes, cucumbers and squash. Man, those tomatoes! There ‘s nothing like home grown tomatoes.

    I stopped drinking soda over 5 years ago and switched to water. I drink about 64oz a day (2 32oz nalgene bottles a day – I have five that I rotate between). There are days when I drink more but the minimum is 32oz. I keep water all over the house. I don’t have to remind myself to drink it. It’s always in front of me.

    The thing about water is that I have a hard time drinking anything BUT water now. People in restaurants think I’m crazy because I order water. I went to McD’s not too long ago and ordered… water. Everything else tastes like sugar water it’s just.. blech. Though I do have to admit this one completely crazy fact. I hate coke any other time but when I’m nauseous, I’ll drink one or two sips to settle my stomach. Then I’m back to hating it again.

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    6 years ago

    Hi Larissa,

    You’re not alone! The only thing I drink on a regular basis is water now. I also get strange looks from servers when I only order water at restaurants. I usually add a lemon or lime to “spice” things up a bit. Of course if lemon and/or lime are triggers for you that won’t work!

    Another things I’ve been doing is adding frozen strawberries and mint to my water at home. I cut up the berries, and them and the mint and have my own ‘infused’ water – very in right now. Again, if those items are triggers this won’t work. Other ideas for infused water could be cucumber, kiwi and any other fruit that won’t create further issues.

    Thanks for sharing,


  • Jen Fra
    7 years ago

    I find water gets rather boring so I have been squeezing in fresh lemon and lime juice. I am also looking at getting a soda stream since I love seltzer water and would be so much cheaper to make my own

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    7 years ago

    Jen Fra – LOVE my Soda Stream! I don’t like seltzer water at all, but putting a little fresh fruit juice in the water after it’s fizzled, is wonderrrrrful!

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    7 years ago

    I love that you’ve had success with coconut water – it’s so good for you! I personally couldn’t take the taste. Ack!

    Another important thing to be aware of, is the contents of products like Powerade, which almost always contain MSG. If MSG isn’t a trigger for you, go for it. However, it tends to be a trigger for most Migraineurs and could be a problem for them. It’s good to be aware to, that because something isn’t a trigger today, doesn’t mean it won’t be next year. Our triggers can change, so when drinking water, it’s awesome because those triggers aren’t present. But, when adding things to it, we can be adding triggers.

    There are recipes online to make your own “powerade” product, which I usually suggest, since the working ingredients are the same, just without coloring, flavoring and other potential problems added into the mix.

    Go water!

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