I know you’re probably thinking, “This girl has lost her mind. She said poop!”
I spent 17 years of my life teaching elementary education in a public school. I have become very comfortable with the word poop. 😆
I have also become very familiar with headaches too! Literal and figurative ones! What? You too? Yeah. Seems this world is full of them.
So, let’s talk about how these two literal things can be connected:
Lack of adequate water in our bodies is the number one cause of chronic headaches and constipation (which causes poop pains).
Our bodies are composed of approximately 60% water. And if we’re not replenishing that water daily then we will become dehydrated.
Dehydration causes our bodies, organs, and cells to not be able to function their best. This is prime headache conditions.
In addition, imagine this:
You’re at a water park. The water is flowing as you go down the water slide. You slide easily around the curves and twists and splash into the pool below. Wheeee!!!!
You climb the stairs to slide again, but this time the water is turned off. You think, “Well, I’m wet from the first slide. I’ll be fine!” So, you step onto the slide and give yourself a good push. It doesn’t go so well this time. You’re getting plastic burns, leaving skin behind, and having to push yourself all the way down.
This is how your poop feels when you don’t drink enough water. 😳
It gets stuck (causing those poop pains), leaves pieces behind (causing fermentation in your gut which gets reabsorbed into your blood), and there’s no easy, fun plopping into the small round pool in our homes (your toilet).
So, how much water should you be drinking to avoid the dry water slide in your intestines?
I recommend drinking between 1/2 and 3/4 of your body weight in ounces of water a day. So, if you weigh 150 lbs then your body needs between 75 and 100 ounces of water a day. Just for reference: 120 ounces is a gallon. And if you drink coffee, alcohol, or do lots of physical activity then you will need to up that amount.
So, I invite you to begin tracking how much water you drink. Because what you keep track of you can improve. And also, notice your headaches and poop pains- or lack thereof.
If you need tips for how to get more water into your day (especially if you don’t like to drink water) send me an email letting me know. I have a handout I’ll be happy to share with you that will give you some great ideas!