It’s a treasured home remedy: drink Gatorade when you feel a migraine coming on, and it’ll go away. However, is it really true? Can Gatorade truly cure a migraine?
Mechanisms for the Gatorade Cure
It’s quite possible that drinking Gatorade will help you get rid of many types of headaches, including migraines. The primary mechanism is probably just rehydration. Dehydration is a common cause of headaches, especially during the summer. But many people are dehydrated year round, including the deep of winter when people are inside centrally heated buildings that are even more dry than Colorado’s normal air. So just restoring your body’s lost moisture could do wonders for your headache.
Another way that Gatorade might work to cure your headache is by supplying magnesium. Magnesium is a common remedy for migraines. It works for many people, and is one of the ways that people use food to treat their migraines.
Could Gatorade Cause Migraines?
However, there’s also a possible risk that Gatorade could actually cause migraines. Like many artificially flavored foods, Gatorade is suspected (but not proven) to contain MSG, which some people say is a migraine trigger, although there are doubts about that.
So it’s possible that people could experience migraines after drinking Gatorade.
When You Exhaust Home Remedies
There are many people who swear by home remedies, but in many cases there is little evidence for whether people are actually experiencing benefits from the placebo effect or some part of the home remedy ritual rather than from the supposed cure.
But if you’re not getting headache relief from home remedies, we can help. TMJ treatment has been proven to help many headache sufferers see reductions in the frequency and intensity of headaches.
To learn more about our proven, drug-free migraine treatment, please call (303) 691-0267 for an appointment at the TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado in Denver.