Why does Dehydration Cause Headaches

January 20, 2020 Drip IV Therapy

When the body becomes dehydrated, one of the most common ailments to plague people are headaches. Without the proper amount of fluids, things start to go awry in the body; cells don’t perform their proper functions, brain tissue fluid decreases, and blood flow decreases to internal organs. Dehydration headaches feel different for everyone, but it is commonly described as a throbbing ache on both sides of the head that impedes physical activity. Intense dehydration can even cause a migraine, a more severe type of headache. 

What causes dehydration?

Dehydration is why many people experience a sore head after a night out or after spending too much time in the sun. In both instances, the body needs liquids to return to optimal functioning form. Alcohol, a diuretic, causes excessive urination and removes fluids through the renal system at an accelerated rate. Spending time outside in the sun can also deplete fluid levels in the body because the body must work harder to maintain internal body temperature to keep from overheating. Fluids are also lost in the heat through sweating, which is another mechanism the body uses to maintain homeostasis. Dehydration can also be brought on by physical exercise or an illness.

Dehydration and Headaches

Dehydration occurs when the body doesn’t have the adequate amount of water it requires for optimal function. The human body is made up of 60-70% water and it is an essential component to perform numerous internal processes. Water helps transport nutrients around the body, aids in energizing the muscles, and keeps cells healthy and functional. Water is also necessary for removing toxins from the body through the kidneys. 

A dehydration headache can feel like a dull thudding pain that can radiate behind the eyes and at the back of the skull. The longer the body remains dehydrated, the worse the pain becomes and the graver the complications. The consequences of dehydration can range from mild to severe and should be treated immediately. Dehydration, even mild dehydration, can cause the brain to temporarily shrink. As it gets smaller, the brain pulls itself away from the skull creating stress and tension in that area. This headache is a signal from your body that something is wrong.

Chronic dehydration can lead to kidney stones, constipation, and even cerebral edema. Cerebral edema is when the body tries to pull back too much water too fast and the cells burst, which causes the brain to swell. Other complications can include heatstroke, seizures, and even kidney failure. Getting plenty of fluids into the body will lessen the severity of a headache and the body will return to normal.

How to Cure Dehydration Headaches

To cure any headache the root cause must be addressed, in the case of dehydration there are plenty of ways to rehydrate the body and brain. Drinking water is a safe option but will take a while for it to be effective because the water must travel through the stomach and intestines first before it is delivered to cells. Water should be consumed at a slow and steady pace because drinking too much at once will cause urination before it can be absorbed into the bloodstream.

The Migraine Drip formula from Drip IV Therapy is an effective and safe method for restoring balance in the body. Patients will be hooked up to an IV containing a saline solution, along with B12, a B complex, Magnesium, Toradol, Selenium, and Zinc. The main benefit of an intravenous delivery of water, is that it bypasses the digestive system and is carried directly through the circulatory system. This means that it has a 100% absorption rate. With the Migraine Drip formula, the body receives a large amount of water over a period of 30-45 minutes. This ensures that fluid intake is regulated which decreases the risk of cerebral edema and none of the fluid is lost to urinating. Additionally, the sodium chloride in the saline is one of the beneficial electrolytes that the body loses while dehydrated.

The vitamin mix in the Migraine Drip formula also has a significant impact on dehydration headaches and migraines. Toradol is an anti-inflammatory that is used to treat short-term pain and can provide immediate relief during a headache. Zinc is a potent detoxifier that strengthens the immune system and the body’s ability to manage stress.  Selenium is a precursor for glutathione – the body’s master antioxidant that removes oxidative stress to ease pain. B vitamins, specifically B12, and magnesium not only lessen the symptoms associated with a headache but have been shown to reduce the frequency of migraines and headaches. Magnesium also happens to be an essential electrolyte during dehydration because it helps the body properly hold onto the potassium it requires for optimal function. That is why the Migraine Drip formula is not only effective for reducing symptoms during a dehydration headache, but it also acts as a preventative measure against future pain. 

Hydration IV therapy is the fastest and most effective way of curing dehydration headaches the natural way. The effects are almost instant, and pain can be banished without needing to drink gallons of water, which can be unsafe and ineffective.