Drinking Water and your Brain Power

Drinking Water and your Brain Power

During some recent research I was quite amazed and impressed with the extensive scope of our brain function. What was even more surprising was how something as simple as increasing our water consumption has a radical and almost instantaneous positive effect on brain function.

So impressed in fact, that I’ve written a small series around the subject, because as we know, knowledge is power and if we’re well informed,  we increase our ability to take better care of ourselves.

Here are a number of examples of brain power and how drinking water keeps these operations functioning at capacity:

Memory

  • *Every time you recall a memory or have a new thought, you are creating a new connection in your brain.
  • Memories triggered by scent have a stronger emotional connection, and therefore appear more intense than other memory triggers.
  • While you sleep at night may be the best time for your brain to consolidate all your memories from the day. Lack of sleep may actually hurt your ability to create new memories.

Brain Function

  • *Your brain uses twenty percent of the total oxygen in your body.
  • If your brain loses blood for eight to ten seconds, you will lose consciousness.
  • While awake, your brain generates between ten and twenty three watts of power – or enough energy to power a light bulb.
  • The old adage of humans only using ten percent of their brain is not true. Every part of the brain has a known function.

Psychology of Your Brain

  • *You can’t tickle yourself because your brain distinguishes between unexpected external touch and your own touch.
  • The connection between body and mind is a strong one. One estimate is that between fifty to seventy percent of visits to the doctor for physical ailments are attributed to psychological factors.

A clear case then to encourage you to drink enough water to ensure that your wonderful, hard-working brain continues to be able to carry out its myriad functions at capacity. With this in mind, remember to make regular trips to the water cooler to refill your water container. Your happily hydrated brain will thank you.

*source: from an article at Mercola

AquAid Water Coolers: A few tips on how to maintain hydration in winter

AquAid Water Coolers: A few tips on how to maintain hydration in winter

You may have read a recent blog around how becoming dehydrated when it’s colder is more common than we think.

In order to prevent winter dehydration, our first suggestion was to install a hot and cold water cooler or water boiler from AquAid.

Here we follow up with a few helpful tips to make sure you are hydration happy during the colder months:

Kickstart your day with warm lemon water. The benefits are enormous, boosting both your hydration and health levels. If lemon makes you sour, jeuj up your warm water with ginger and a dollop of honey.

Increase your hot drink intake. You don’t need to be bound to drinking only water (although it is a great base) when it’s chilly. There are loads of warm or hot drinks that will not only keep you warm but that also count towards your being hydrated. Think veggie soup etc.

Take the chill off. When it’s cold, our bodies do what they can to preserve our core heat. This includes withdrawing blood from our extremities. With less blood circulating, our kidneys expel more water, which again, can lead to dehydration.  To avoid excessive urination, keep active instead of becoming sedentary. The less active you are, the easier it is to become cold.

Watch your breath! When the temperature lowers, you lose more fluid as you breathe. Those puffs of breath are water vapour you’re exhaling. Water being expelled with each exhalation.  If you breath is constantly fogging up your glasses or your surrounds, it’s highly likely you need to quench your thirst, post haste, before you become dehydrated. So use your breath as a reminder that you need to keep up your water intake.

However you choose to keep warm these colder months, remember to keep up with drinking water: hydration is equally as important irrespective of the temperatures outside.

How to properly hydrate during hibernation

How to properly hydrate during hibernation

Summertime in the UK is a warm and hopefully fond memory, but it’s now time for us to face the incoming chill – and by chill, we’re not referring to the refreshing drinking water dispensed from your AquAid water cooler (more on this later).

From ancient times, humans are wired to seek warmth when the temperatures drop – blame it on our rather thin body cover i.e. skin, unlike that of many of our fellow mammals who cleverly grow thick coats when it’s cold.

It’s therefore no surprise that we easily tend to eschew maintaining our warmer weather hydration habits, as our natural instinct is to associate drinking water more with keeping cool than with keeping adequately hydrated.

This is a mistake though as a survey conducted by the RNLI shows that a staggering 89% of Britons are inadequately hydrated.

It isn’t hard to dehydrate when it’s cold: we tend not to exert ourselves as much in our day-to-day activities (unless we’re exercising) so it’s easy to miss the usual indicators of dehydration. We also may not realise that there are other indicators of water loss that don’t occur when it’s warm.

As we’re wearing more clothing, we’re heavier. This means that our bodies work harder (this can be by as much as between 10% and up to 40%) producing sweat. We often don’t realise we’re sweating as this is absorbed by the additional clothing.

Exhaling water. Another indicator of water loss we may miss is in in the vapour we see when we exhale. That vapour being expelled is yet more water we’re losing.

We tend to urinate more often.  Although the mechanism isn’t fully understood, it’s believed that blood is drawn from the extremities when we’re cold. This means reduced blood circulation, consequently our kidneys excrete more water.

But how to combat cold weather dehydration? It’s simpler and easier than one might think. If cool water doesn’t appeal, you can always increase your liquid intake by drinking hot drinks.

The first step is to install a hot and cold water cooler or water boiler from AquAid. This will set you up in an instant, and you’ll be able to maintain your daily water consumption, whatever the weather.

H2O at Halloween

H2O at Halloween

Contrary to popular opinion, the origins of observing Halloween aren’t American – but actually those of ancient Celts throughout Britain, Ireland and northern France.

With the Romans invading Britain around 43AD, it is believed that they also added their rituals of the time with those of the Celtic traditions, one of these being the current Halloween tradition of ‘bobbing’ for apples. The Roman goddess of fruit and trees was known as Pomona – her symbol being that of the apple.

Moving forward a few decades brought the Christian observances, those closest to Halloween being All Hallows’ Day, also known as All Saints Day. All Hallows Day was originally celebrated on the 13th of May, however, it is believed that this was moved to 01 November, as an attempt to replace or assimilate the Celtic Samhain festival with a related but church approved celebration.

Whatever the observance, there’s no doubt that Halloween is a wonderful, fun-filled acknowledgment of winter drawing close.

Throughout Britain Halloween has traditionally been celebrated by children’s games such as bobbing for apples in containers full of water, telling ghost stories and the carving of faces into hollowed-out vegetables such as swedes and turnips. Unlike the majority of Halloween traditions originating from Britain, it is in fact, the pumpkin as the carve vegetable of choice that has come from the United States. However this change occurred, it’s a prudent choice, as I imagine it’s far easier to carve a pumpkin than it is a swede or turnip.

However you choose to celebrate Halloween, we would suggest that you reserve the water from your water cooler to rather quench your thirst or to wash down all the Halloween ‘candy’, instead of filling up containers to bob for apples.

That said, here at AquAid, we wish you all a Happy Halloween and more treats than tricks.

Things we don’t know vs. things we do know (or musings at the water cooler)

Things we don’t know vs. things we do know (or musings at the water cooler)

A broad, sweeping headline for sure. Could encompass many, many things. Let’s narrow it down a little.

Things we don’t know:

  • How long a piece of string is.
  • How it is that the judges of The Great British Bake Off failed to keep Helena on.
  • Why we can’t touch our elbows with our tongues. (Apparently this has been debunked; we don’t really want to know though).
  • Why new scissors are behind impenetrable hard plastic packaging.

Things we do know:

  • AquAid Water Coolers have been delivering exceptional service to now more than 34,000 customers since we began operations over 20 years ago.
  • Our customers range (geographically) from Aberdeen down to Torquay and everywhere in between and;
  • (Size wise) from single occupant premises to hundreds of thirst-quenched occupants at multiple premises and;
  • (Longevity) here today, gone tomorrow type establishments: events; festivals; markets – to customers who have been with us since year dot.

Now you know (and don’t know) too. Feel better? We do hope so. We certainly do!

Working with the knows and needing a water cooler solution for your premises, why not contact us at AquAid today? We’ll be delighted to assist.