Drink to Prevent Migraines.
In a study published in Neurology, migraine sufferers were divided into two groups. The first group was given a placebo and the others were required to drink 1.5 liters of water (about six cups) in addition to their usual daily intake. At the end of two weeks, those in the water group experienced 21 fewer hours of pain during the study than those in the placebo group, and a decrease in the intensity of their headaches.
To stay adequately hydrated, it's recommended that women drink about 9 cups of water a day. Drinking anything with sugar, including most juices, is not a good option for people battling migraines. Sugar spikes your blood glucose level, which is one of the most common migraine triggers. Also avoid "natural flavors" and artificial sweeteners, also common triggers, found in drinks like Crystal Light, Gatorade, and Vitamin Water. Caffeine is also a common trigger and dehydrator, while some people report it to be helpful in aborting a migraine. We recommend limiting your caffeine intake to a couple of cups a day (preferably Swiss water decaf for less caffeine content and no chemicals, like formaldehyde, from the decaffeinating process). Overall, sticking to REAL water from mother nature and/or herbal teas (since they do not contain caffeine and have health benefits - like ginger, peppermint or chamomile), is a good rule of thumb for staying hydrated and feeling good. Namaste.