The human body is 65% water. Simply put, dehydration occurs as the result of excessive loss of water from the body, when we lose more water than we take in. It's a bit more complicated than that since the body loses valuable electrolytes as well. That's why sports drinks have become so popular; they replenish electrolytes as well as just fluid. Dehydration can be a major issue, both in and of itself and as a headache or Migraine trigger. Many people mistakenly think it occurs only in hot weather and that you're not dehydrated if you're not thirsty. Both of these misconceptions lead to many cases of dehydration every year, some of them quite serious. Let's take a look at dehydration, what it does to the body, how to treat it, and -- perhaps most importantly -- how to prevent it... Continue reading Dehydration – an Avoidable Migraine Trigger .
Summer heat got you feeling wilted? If you don’t drink enough water, you’ll feel even worse. Water is absolutely essential for your life and your body. Everything from the simple, small cells that protect you to the complex brain that controls you relies on water to operate. When you begin experiencing dehydration, an immediate alarm goes off in the brain and you’ll feel thirsty. Ignoring that signal from the brain will result in a series of disasterous symptoms from dehydration like:
Rapid Heart Rate
Preventing dehydration can be a challenging aspect of survival. Drinking water seems easy enough. But people often forget when busy or distracted, especially young people. And some people think that sodas, coffee drinks and energy drinks will suffice. Wrong, those drinks that contain caffeine just make dehydration worse because caffeine turns you...
Alternative Names Muscle pain; Myalgia; Pain - muscles Home Care For muscle pain from overuse or injury, rest that body part and take acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Apply ice for the first 24 - 72 hours of an injury to reduce pain and inflammation. After that, heat often feels more soothing. Muscle aches from overuse and fibromyalgia often respond well to massage. Gentle stretching exercises after a long rest period are also helpful. Regular exercise can help restore proper muscle tone. Walking, cycling, and swimming are good aerobic activities to try. A physical therapist can teach you stretching, toning, and aerobic exercises to feel better and stay pain-free. Begin slowly and increase workouts gradually. Avoid high-impact aerobic activities and weight lifting when injured or while in pain. Be sure to get plenty of sleep and try to reduce stress. Yoga and meditation are excellent ways to help you sleep and relax. If home measures aren't working, call your doctor, who will consider prescriptio...
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