In our very rushed lives, it would seem the simplest action oftentimes becomes the most difficult.
Take your water intake for example. Aside from every being alive requiring water to simply survive, never mind flourish, it’s a pretty sad state of affairs that we often find ourselves in. Somehow, on a daily basis, one of the most necessary functions most vital to our well-being is oft ignored.
It’s a quintessential fact that we require water for each of our body organs to function at an optimum level – from nail growth through to how well our brain operates.
When it comes to brain health, sufficient water intake is essential, especially considering the fact that your grey matter is made up of 75% water.
So how does hydration and dehydration affect brain health?
Our brains consist of billions of neurons that regulate everything from core temperature to perspiration. Because the brain is made up mostly of water, it makes sense that this organ won’t work as efficiently when it is water deficient.
Proper hydration can literally improve mood. Drinking water makes us feel so refreshed that it actually improves our state of mind. You don’t even have to be severely in need of it to benefit: even mild dehydration has been shown to negatively affect moods.
On the reverse of that, if your brain is dehydrated, it affects motor and cognitive skills: symptoms including irritability, sluggishness and an inability to think straight. Dehydration also showed a strong link to poor memory. When you’re water deficient, it’s hard to stay focused on a certain task.
Drinking water can combat headaches naturally. Going without water for too long causes headaches for some people, and has been identified as a migraine trigger. The good news is that in a study on the effects of water on headaches, participants experienced ‘total relief’ from their headaches within 30 minutes of drinking water (two cups, on average).
It can be a short cut to keeping alert. If you need to concentrate for long periods of time, keeping water handy will help you stay refreshed, hydrated, and focused: dehydration can impair your attention span, memory, and motor skills.
Want to think more clearly? Drink water (more than you’re drinking now). Dehydration causes shrinkage of brain tissue. So when we haven’t been drinking enough water, our brains have to work a lot harder to perform at the same level. One study even found that students who brought water to tests did better on their exams.
At AquAid, we’re well-versed about how important a sufficient water intake is to our health and well-being. Which is why, when it comes to water dispensers, we will always give you the best advice about which water cooler is the right fit for your office, workspace, work site, medical or educational facility.
We have 20 years’ experience at your disposal. We’d love to hear from you – contact us at your convenience to find out more about how an AquAid water cooler can help you keep brain alert, happy and healthy.