• Diana Anderson

THE HYDRATION PIECE OF THE MIGRAINE PUZZLE

Updated: Feb 23, 2021


There are a few elements of nature that we cannot live without, including oxygen, minerals, food and water. Of these elements, water makes up the largest percentage of our body which is thought to be about 70 percent. Water is required for every biochemical reaction of our body. For example, the water in saliva moistens food when we chew, and it serves as a fluid environment in which digestive enzymes break down our meals. The digestive system uses water to move nutrients through the intestines and into our blood where it nourishes every cell of the body. When waste leaves our body, through urine or bowel movements, it takes water with it. The blood is largely made up of water, which allows oxygen, glucose and nutrients to move around the body. Our brain is 2% of our body weight but it uses 20% of the water we take in. Water is critical for maintaining a healthy body weight and when it is consumed during a meal, it can increase our sense of fullness and prevent overeating. Water hydrates our cells and keeps us alive.



If you have migraines, then your doctor has probably told you to drink more water. However, drinking water is not the only thing we need to become hydrated. Every cell in our body needs hydration. When the water we drink makes it inside our cells, it becomes intracellular fluid that nourishes the cell and then removes the waste. In order for the water to become intracellular, we need electrolytes, which are simply minerals that are in the body, such as sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, bicarbonate, phosphate and sulfate. These minerals create an electromagnetic charge which allows the water to flow through the cell membrane in and out of the cell. When we are low on electrolytes there is not enough electrical charge and water remains outside of the cells and the cells become dehydrated. The water outside our cells is called extracellular fluid, which makes up the blood and the fluid found between cells in the interstitial tissue. This is where water remains if we drink water without electrolytes. We need both intra and extracellular fluids, but we can’t get the water into the cells without the precious electrolytes. When we are low on electrolytes, then we can be dehydrated no matter how much water we have consumed. Despite ample water consumption, we can have all kinds of symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, muscle pain and headaches.



The source of our water can help us receive better hydration. Most drinking water is void of electrolytes. Additionally, the structure, or pattern of the water can be damaged. Tap water is treated with chlorine to kill unwanted bacteria. However, what remains after the chlorine kills the bacteria is a lot of dead particulate matter in the water that is waste which our body has to deal with. Plus, as the water has traveled through pipes and water treatment plants, the natural alignment of the water may be altered. Fluoride is also found in tap water. More evidence is appearing that fluoride in the water is affecting people with migraines. Some migraine patients find that avoiding fluoride and adding electrolytes is greatly helping with their migraine relief. Not only is water critical, but the quality of our water is important too.


There are ways to help your body receive higher quality water.


1. Drink all natural spring water from an unaltered source

2. Drink reverse osmosis water and add in minerals

3. Bless your water

4. Give it sunlight

5. Run the water through a water structure device

6. Get as much hydration from plants as possible (watermelon, coconut water, strawberries, etc)



We receive electrolytes and water from plants which get it from the soil. Water content in food varies, with some fruits and vegetables, like watermelon, coconut water, oranges, lemons, apples and berries being very high by weight. When we consume plant based foods we receive water and electrolytes together.


In addition to drinking the right amount of quality water, we also need to avoid things that dehydrate us. Dehydration can result from alcohol, medications or toxins of any kind. Toxins include mold, pollution, poor quality food, pesticides, chemicals and so on. These dehydrate us as the body flushes out the toxins.


The newest toxins that we have to deal with is EMF. Electromotive or electromagnetic fields can disrupt our own magnetic field and actually prevents the proper charge that allows the water to get into the cell. All toxins can disrupt hydration, but too much electrical frequency can do this quickly by changing the charge in our bodies so the cells can’t receive good hydration.


Traveling on an airplane, hot temperatures or strenuous physical activity can also cause dehydration. These activities require our diligence in drinking enough fluids and minerals before and during the activities.


Negative emotions affect the water in our body in a negative way. Positive water impacts our body in a positive way. Dr. Emoto showed us a picture of how words and thoughts impact the structure of the water. The more we can focus on our blessings and gratitude, the great the water in our body can do what it is meant to do.

As you can see hydration is a complex matter with many facets. You can avoid becoming dehydrated by monitoring your urine color and drinking fluids before you get thirsty, improving the quality of your water, taking electrolytes and eating plant based foods. Dehydration symptoms are many including feeling thirsty, having a dry mouth or lips, brain fog, nausea, fatigue and lightheadedness, headaches, darker urine, infrequent urination, irritability, difficulty concentrating and muscle weakness. Be mindful of your thirst and your urine output because once the thirst sensation is present, dehydration is already underway.