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Drinking Water can cure Migraines

Do you have a pounding headache? Drinking water could be a simple cure for migraines, researchers claim.

Between six and eight glasses a day can reduce their intensity and duration. The findings, published in the European Journal of Neurology, suggest dehydration is a significant factor in the build-up to attacks, which can leave sufferers incapacitated for days.

Nine volunteers in a two-week trial suffered, between them, 21 hours less pain than nine who took a dummy pill. Water seemed to have a considerable effect on the total number of hours of headache and headache intensity according to the researcher from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.

Dehydration has long been associated with headaches, but few studies have been done. In another study, researchers recruited 14 female migraine sufferers and four males, with an average age of 44. Half were told to drink 1.5 litres of water daily, in addition to usual fluid intake. The rest were given a dummy pill. The water group managed to consume just one litre a day, but still reported an improvement.

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