Dehydration (the loss of water and electrolytes) can in fact cause headaches.
With the current heat spike we have been experiencing this summer in Calgary and Alberta you may have experienced this quite recently!
Dehydration occurs when the body expels fluids faster than they are taken in. This loss of sodium, potassium and chloride can lead to issues such as headaches, fatigue and cramps. Very severe dehydration can even lead to death!
So with this in mind it is very important to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. Try to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily and look out for symptoms such as thirst, headaches, fatigue, cramp, dizziness or weakness.
If you aren’t too keen on water you can also drink the following drinks
- Iced Tea/ Hot Tea
- Coffee iced or hot (It is a myth that coffee does not hydrate you)
- Fruit/Vegetable Juice
- Sports Drinks
Many folks actually mistake thirst for hunger. So this summer ensure that you stay hydrated, and keep those headaches at bay.