The Migraine Girl's secret to staying hydrated

I want to preface this by saying I know I may sound a little loony here, but I must share this news.

I have learned how to drink as much water as I should each day, and the secret is in the STRAW.

Like many migraineurs, I do best when I drink way more than the “required” eight 8 oz. cups a day. I aim for much more than that, and sometimes I do well and exceed my goal.  Most days, however, I tend to look at the clock and realize it’s reached the afternoon hours and I’ve barely had an entire glass.

Recently I went to a local joint to pick up breakfast to go.  I’d forgotten my reusable water bottle at home so ordered a cup of water from the bakery.  As I waited for my food to be made, I drank the entire 12 oz. of water without even realizing what I was doing. I got a refill before I walked to the car, and once I sat in the car I realized I’d absentmindedly drunk more than half of the refill before pulling out of the parking lot.

Then I figured out what was happening:  having a straw made it so much easier to gulp the water down.  No unscrewing of the water bottle lid, no cold water on my sensitive front teeth, no risk of my clumsy self spilling the liquid down my shirt (which I do more often than I care to admit).  I told a friend, “I am going to have to get one of those cheesy reusable cups that has a built-in straw! I’m going to look like such a dork, and I don’t want to spend over $10.00 on that, but I think I’ve got to do it.”

A few hours later, I walked into my bookshop to check in with my staff.  “Oh, the Community Council on Aging dropped off this cup for you, full of goodies, to thank you for the donation you made.”  Lo and behold, there was a reusable plastic cup with built-in straw full of candy and treats.  And it was all mine.

Since this miraculous acquisition, I have been staying really hydrated and between the unseasonably cool temperatures this summer and my water chugging skills, I have had no heat- or dehydration-triggered migraines at all this year!

Are there others out there who have trouble keeping up with their recommended water intake?  What tips and tricks have you employed to make sure you stay hydrated, especially in the summer?

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