You’ve heard it a million times. You already know that water makes up about 70% of your body mass. But did you ever stop to think how water effects your brain function?
Water helps to transport oxygen and nutrients essential for optimal brain function, whilst providing cushioning and lubrication to the brain tissue.
When the brain is functioning with the necessary amount of water, we are capable of faster thinking, better focus, improved mental clarity and creativity. On the other hand, studies have shown that dehydration leads to poorer mood, cognitive function, and memory.
The brain-smart choice is pretty clear my friends: Drinking more water is worth the effort!
Drinking 1.5 to 2 litres a day is the general recommendation, and some factors to consider include:
- Alcohol, caffeine and sugar can be dehydrating, so drink more water if consuming these.
- Herbal teas and fluid from fruit and vegetables all count toward water consumed.
- Sugar-sweetened beverages are not a source of hydration. (See first point:).
- More hydration is required in high heat or after exercise.
A couple tricks I use to increase my water intake, include:
1) Counting to 10 each time I put a water glass or bottle to my mouth, and
2) Placing a bottle of fresh water by my bed so it’s the first thing I reach for in the morning.
How do you remember to drink a sufficient amount of water? Share with us below…
Wishing you optimal brain health!
P.S. Ensure we continue to have access to abundant clean water in BC. Boycott Nestle.
P.P.S. Help people in the developing world gain access to clean water by donating to organizations like water.org
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