Can you remember the very first time you had an ache in your head? The most common aches in the body are in the head, and rightfully so, since it is right at the top of your body. Let me give a very brief introduction to my headache journey. The headaches i have had and still have occasionally, are attributive to common colds and flu, period pains, lack of sleep and stress. These are the popular kinds of headaches. At one time i thought a migraine and stress headache was the same, but apparently, a migraine headache could range from mild to severe and even lead people to A &E. I have probably had this one-sided kind of a headache a couple of times in my life, but only on the mild side. I call this journey exciting because whenever i had a headache i would just pop paracetamol or panadol in my mouth and then for the more stronger pains, Nurofen would suffice. When i started becoming more health conscious, i told myself “i am going to change medication” guess what i changed to? Ibuprofen!!
They are in the same category right. Very dumb move. And this time i was taking Ibuprofen for all aches. Anyway, i began to let diet play a part in my headache journey and also not forgetting the required amount of water and even much more a day. Slowly i went back to panadol and left the ibuprofen family for good. One important thing to take from this – Dehydration is one of the main causes of headaches and Water is, of course, a lifesaver to most physical conditions in the body.
Watch out for HEADACHES IN DEPTH
…….. But everything is important these days. If you lack a vitamin the consequences build up and you may just attribute this symptom to flu or stress. Very recently i had a really bad flu. It went on for two weeks and in the process i lost my voice. After that i started feeling so tired and i found myself sleeping off while reading, watching or even on my daily webinar meetings. I rarely doze off – this only happens when i have had less than four hours sleep in a row for two nights which, is usually not the case. The sleep actually takes over me, i began to suffer from serious fatigue.
Since i suffer from anaemia, i decided to start taking my Feroglobin syrup regularly, i also began to drink more water and even picked up my gym clothes. I thought ” maybe it is because i haven’t been exercising”. Fortunately during the flu period, i had booked a blood test with my GP surgery considering it had been a while since i did one. In the past i had lacked calcium so, i had the urge to check. What later unfolded, was a heavy shortage of vitamin D. I did the blood test in the morning and by 6pm i received a text from the GP saying i should contact them urgently. Apparently i had been lacking vitamin D for a long while. The repetitive flu, colds, joint pains etc. Generally low immunity, fatigue, and the constant drowsing/sleeping was the last straw.
Natural sunlight is the best source of vitamin D. It is also free in comparison to fish, egg yolk mushrooms and all the other D foods. Half an hour in the midday sun supplies enough radiation to produce thousands of international units of vitamin D.
LESSON LEARNT: Always check yourself, never over assume you could be lacking a major NUTRIENT
The average person has between 7-9 hours sleep. While you are asleep for that long, you obviously go into dehydration, hence when you wake up you are still tired. You may not feel thirsty but your body certainly is. Most people like to wake up with a cup of coffee or tea and this tends to literally wake them up in every sense of the word. Why is that? The caffeine and this applies even if the tea or coffee is decaffeinated. Yes caffeine may be good in some respects, but there are more disadvantages than advantages.
I say WAKE up with WATER–
The best thing for de hydration is WATER– At least drink 500ml of water when you wake up. This applies to children and adults, and i know, that it may not be one of the most pleasant drinks to have when you wake up, but I have had to cultivate the habit by starting with 200ml then moved up. I now drink more than 500ml on some days, but not in one go.
Not only does water hydrate you:
1.It fires your metabolism up by 24% for the first one hour at least. I immediately feel alert and awake, it is an amazing feeling
2.Water also helps to flush out the toxins from your body. The kidney can only do this job excellently if it has enough clear fluid, water being the case.
First thing in the morning is best, after all the intake of food the day before. I have noticed a change in my body as the water intake on an empty stomach thoroughly cleanses my colon and gets the body ready to absorb nutrients easily. After about 1 hour i drink whatever i want excluding drinks with artificial sugars. This is usually blended fruits and /or greens, which i limit to two or three times a week. Before i take any meal whether it is small medium or large, i always have a fruit. Basically when you get up in the morning and especially since you have not eaten for about 8 hours, it is important that your first form of food for the morning is very light. The name “Breakfast” implies that you are breaking a fast.
So Hydrate yourself, Energise yourself, be Detoxified in yourself as you start your day.
Watch out for my blog on – ‘Why should I have a glass of water before bedtime’