For most of the Spring I had trouble with migraines. It’s not the first time I’ve had spells where I’ve had frequent migraines, but it was coupled with some other kind of weird symptoms and I was anxious to get to the bottom of it.
The gist of my various doctor’s appointments was that maybe drinking more water would help, but maybe it wouldn’t, I should drink Gatorade if I couldn’t hydrate with water, and if things got worse to come back. I wasn’t really satisfied with that answer, and to be honest I’m still not completely. But I decided the only way to really figure it out was to keep careful track.
I started keeping a calendar the beginning of June with how much water I drank, how many miles I walked or biked, and my headache descriptions. I just finished July and it was pretty cool to see how much better I did in July than in June.
In June I had a headache 10 different days, I drank a total of 23.34 gallons of water, and I walked or biked 35.57 miles.
In July I only had a headache two separate days, I drank a total of 34.64 gallons of water, and I walked or biked 161.59 miles!!!
In June I noticed that every headache I had came two days after I drank 100 oz or less of water. I increased my water intake goal from 100 oz a day to 128 oz a day.
In July, the two days I had headaches were days when I biked and got very hot. No matter how many cool compresses I put on my neck, cold showers I took, and bottles of Gatorade I drank I just couldn’t seem to cool off, rehydrate, or recover.
One of the bike rides was a 23 mile ride and it was perfect while I was riding, but after my ride as the day went on I felt worse and worse. It took me three days to recover from that ride and it was on a fairly cool day (high of 70). I’m not sure why I couldn’t seem to recover. I even drank some extra water the two days before my ride in anticipation.
The other day I got a headache was when I biked home from work mid-afternoon and it was about 90 degrees. The sun was blazing and even though it’s a relatively short ride by the time I got home I had a headache that I couldn’t shake the rest of the night.
I don’t really think I should be getting that hot or that dehydrated on a regular basis, and I’m honestly not a fan of having to drink Gatorade on a daily basis but I am really excited that increasing my water intake has stopped my headaches for the most part.
And I am so incredibly happy that I biked 161.59 miles!!!