For ages now I’ve been paying more attention to a certain element of nature, with the scientific call sign of H2O, more commonly known as WATER. Why is this? You ask.

Well, a ways back, all of a sudden, I started developing migraines. Never experienced one in my life, then *bam* from a whole host of attributing factors, I had my first ever, vampire-like hissing at sun light; stomach rolling; spots in front of my eyes; 4 to 12 hours whimpering (gently) in a darkened room experience and I took back every mean word I’d said about those that complained of this ‘mythical’ ailment.

I started seriously considering making nice with a GP somewhere (I tend to steer clear of doctors unless absolutely necessary) just to get my hands on some Schedule 90 migraine medication, just so as to avoid a rehash of the migraine experience.

I mentioned these occurrences to a distant friend. Her exact words? ‘Are you drinking water?’

My stammered reply, ‘Well, no, but I don’t like water, it’s boring and it doesn’t taste nice!

She was adamant. So I did. And over the years, I’ve happily shared the knowledge with fellow sufferers of many & varied ailments and have truly delighted in seeing more than one person have that light bulb moment when they realise their body has been trying to tell them quite desperately in some cases, for years – ‘I NEED WATER IN ORDER TO FUNCTION’.

The human body has its emergency calls for water. These are localised emergency calls. We call these heartburn, rheumatoid joint pain, back pain, migraine headaches, colitis pain, fibromyalgiac pain, even angina pain — signs of dehydration in the body.

Pain may be a warning of localised thirst; that is, the pain signal may be a warning of dehydration in that specific area (a regional thirst), for example, low back pain, migraine headache, joint pain, and angina. Chronic dehydration may contribute to a reduction in lymph flow, which in turn may contribute to or cause varied problems.

So, treat yourself and your body with great kindness and drink cool, refreshing, rejuvenating water the next time you’re feeling a bit low. Your body will thank you for it.