The Science of Dehydration
Dehydration and Headaches
The World Health Organisation outlines that headache disorders are among the most prevalent disorders of mankind.
What is the relationship between headaches and dehydration?
- Headaches are one of the symptoms of dehydration.
- Normal or primary headaches can be triggered by dehydration.
Note: When you have a headache it is important to consider whether dehydration has played a role.
There are a number of dietary triggers that can lead to a primary or normal headaches. Common dietary triggers include:
- Missed, delayed or inadequate meals
- Caffeine (coffee & tea) withdrawal
- Certain wines
- Beers & spirits
- Citrus fruits
- Aged cheeses
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
Primary or normal headaches exist when there is no other causative disorder. As there are many types of headaches, and as headache affect each person differently, it is important patients consult their doctor if symptoms persist.
Under normal circumstances a ‘good hydration status’ can be adequately achieved with water and a balanced diet. However, if you are at risk of dehydration, an oral rehydration solution (Hydralyte) will have some advantages, including:
- Rehydration is likely to be more rapid.
- The retention of water is enhanced.
Hydralyte is a pleasant flavoured solution, which can be more palatable than plain water, and this can make it easier for you to consume an adequate amount of fluid daily.