Have you recently spent your day at a beach or enjoying a summer festival only to come back home with a throbbing headache?
Many people may experience this. And this can put a damper on your summer. It may seem impossible for you to go ahead and enjoy everything that the “dog days” have to offer…..but not if you’ve to pay for it later on with a throbbing headache.
Many people may blame these headaches on the heat. But if you really want to be on the safe side and don’t want them to destroy your end-of-summer fun, it’s better to look a bit deeper. In most cases, it’s not the heat that causes your headaches, but its sinister side effect….dehydration.
You might be thinking, “But I drink so many glasses of water? How could I possibly be dehydrated? That’s what most people do until they realize that their splitting headache is due to some other reason. Remember, rules of drinking water in summer are different…..especially when you spend most of your day out there in the heat.
That’s mainly because, when you sweat profusely throughout the day, your body loses so much water and electrolytes like crazy. So as a result, your blood vessels may narrow down, cutting off the supply of oxygen and blood to your brain. And once that happens, it’s impossible to stop excruciating headache.
So when it’s hot outside, your regular drinking habits won’t work. It’s very important to drink at least two to three glasses of water an hour to keep yourself hydrated and healthy. And if you’re taking coffee or alcohol throughout the day, you need to drink even more water because both of these beverages dehydrate you big time. It’s also important to speedily restore your electrolytes, so try to throw in some natural coconut water in this mix. You can try making a pitcher of hydrating switchel too.
The great news is, if you’ve decided to try these hydrating tips, you will be easily able to put an end to all those pesky summer headaches. It’s important to remember that dehydration can make you susceptible to heat stroke and headache is a symptom of heat stroke. Don’t take heat stroke lightly. So if you feel you’ve a heat stroke induced headache, watch out for other heat stroke symptoms like:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Muscle weakness or cramps
- A high fever
- Rapid breathing
Sometimes heat also triggers migraines if you’re prone to them. But one big advice regardless of the reason for your heat headache…do everything possible to avoid those OTC NSAID pain relievers like ibuprofen or aspirin. They not only come with so many side effects (like stomach bleeding and ulcers), they also make your headaches worse.
If you use aspiring frequently to treat your headaches…say 10-15 times a month or maybe more…..you may even develop a condition called rebound headaches. It’s a vicious cycled where your chosen pain relieve may cause chronic, daily headaches. So shy away from that bottle and try best natural headache remedies instead. For example, water.