water is all you need

I’m still surprised and concerned by the number of people who tell me that they don’t drink water. As a dentist, I regularly see the damage that highly sweetened and acidic beverages can do to the teeth. But I also see how excess sugar, acid, and chemical additives can take their toll on the overall health of the body.

No matter what an advertisement may tell you about the added vitamins, minerals, or electrolytes in a particular softdrink, the truth is that your body will almost always be better off with plain water. In fact, the benefits of the nutritional additives in most softdrinks are often nullified by the work your body has to do to process the extra sugar, acid, and chemical flavorings used to make that drink taste good. Sodas, juices, and energy drinks are simply not necessary to health or hydration in any way. But water is.

This month, in The Headache Series, we’re exploring the importance of hydration and how drinking enough plain, unflavored water every day can play a significant role in helping many people who suffer from chronic mild headaches. I do hope that you will take a look, and perhaps learn something new about your body. But before you do, why not get a glass of water to sip on while you read?

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there’s nothing normal about a headache

I treat many patients who suffer from different kinds of chronic pain. For most of those people, headaches are a daily occurrence. But what’s always interesting to me about these patients is the way they tend to categorize their headaches. When asked how many times a week they have head pain, the answers often sound something like this:

“Well, if it’s a bad one, like a migraine – maybe once a month. The other ones I have pretty much all the time, but those are just my normal headaches.”

Here’s the problem with that statement: There is no such thing as a normal headache. You may have normalized the condition because you experience it so regularly, but it is not normal for the head to ache. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong, and headaches are no exception.

Some headaches, like migraines, can be complicated to unravel, and the ultimate source is often multifactorial. But many, many headaches are the result of simple oversights in caring for the needs of our bodies. Not drinking enough water or staring at a computer screen or video game for too long without stretching, for example, can trigger a headache that may last for hours. This isn’t because we suffer from a lack of headache medicine; it’s because our bodies were never meant to sit in one position for long periods of time or to go without water for hours on end.

Most headaches are not only easily treatable, they are easily prevented. And in order to help you identify and treat some of the most common types of headaches, this month we are launching a new resource series called The Headache Series. Each article will focus on one common cause of headache, ways to alleviate the pain without medication, and ultimately how to prevent these types of headaches from taking hold in the first place.

As we add more sections to this series in the coming months, I hope that you will continue to check in with us so that you may learn how to care for your body and keep your head as ache-free as possible.

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