Distilled Water Curing Headaches
Hello. This is my first post on here. I was at Mayo in Spring of 2019 and was diagnosed with Celiac Disease with a possible diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. I had suffered a stroke-like event a year beforehand and was in rough shape. VERY LONG story short, I have been on gabapentin and duloxetine for most of the time since then for nerve pain.
In January 2021, I started getting splitting migraines. It didn't feel like any headache I had ever experienced. My best description was someone literally trying to slice my head open in specific areas. I worked with a health coach for four months that year and essentially we found no additional food besides the gluten that I reacted to. On a suggestion, my health coach suggested I stop drinking tap water. I have experimented with spring and distilled water around that time. Spring water did not alleviate the headaches, which by that time turned out to be crushing. When I tried the distilled, however, it goes completely away. I have tried other water sources in the meantime, and the headaches slowly or quickly come back. On vacation and when traveling, I seek out distilled now and have drank it exclusively for a year. It is worth noting that I am fine drinking pop, flavored waters, lemonades, etc.
The doctors around here do not understand the phenomenon and tell me it makes no sense but to keep doing it if it is working. I have recently had a super dry throat most of the time as well.
Thank you for any insight!
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@mrcodyfleming – Good morning and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I have horrible migraines also. I'd settle on water over the ridiculous prices of the new meds and Botox any day.
Do you wait until you have a headache to drink distilled water or do you drink it throughout the day? Do you take any other pain meds?
I drink it all day, every day. It has kept the headaches at bay. This month, I tried mixing in some spring water because I constantly feel dry mouthed, but the headaches came back within a day instead of withing a few days even. No doctor understands it. I have been a medical mystery for four years. It probably won't change now, but I keep trying to identify problems!
Hi, I am not sure if Bai antioxidant coconut water would be a substitute for you, but I have found it to be extraordinarily invigorating, I get easily dehydrated and until i found this product i have had to avoid many outdoor activities. the daytime temperature her in Utah has already risen to 100 degrees. I hope it becomes a staple of yours and energizes you as well.
Well, I'm just going to have to buy some. If my new steamer iron needs it then I should too! lol
All kidding aside. I will try this but I am leery about the coconut water. And here is why:
"Oxidation is a natural process that occurs when oxygen interacts with cells of any kind. For example, you can see the result of oxidation when apple slices (exposed to oxygen) turn brown, or when a cut finger becomes inflamed. Atoms that have been exposed to oxygen will “break” and end up with unpaired electrons, creating unstable molecules, called free radicals.
“We have a baseline exposure to free radicals just by being alive, breathing oxygen and metabolizing our food,” says Talbott, who adds, “From the oxygen that is used to convert our food into energy, two to three percent of that oxygen converts into free radicals — it just comes with the territory.”
Having too many free radicals in our body, however, can damage DNA and cell membranes, resulting in tissue damage that leads to chronic diseases and conditions that become more common as we age, including arthritis, vision loss, heart disease, cancer and dementia.
Sources that generate problematic free radicals include:
Excessive exposure to sunlight
Pesticides and toxins in food and water
Excessive consumption of alcohol
Antioxidants are protective molecules that can prevent or slow cell damage. As the “good guys,” antioxidants can inactivate a free radical so that it cannot cause cellular damage. Natural antioxidants are found in fruits and vegetables, and the most common dietary antioxidants are vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotene and lycopene. Synthetic forms of antioxidants can be found in supplements.
“Oxidative balance is the proper balance between free radicals, or ‘damaging’ molecules, and antioxidants, which are ‘protective’ molecules,” says Talbott."
I know that this sounds easy to do but it's not. And as much as we don't want the gov't telling us what to do with our bodies we also need some guidance with this. I wish that these antioxidants were regulated. If I put vit C on my face and eat a lot of fruit and take vit C and then agin in my one a day am I overdoing it?