Water and Our Minds

Water is an essential building block that our bodies need to survive. Adult humans need 2.2 to 3 liters of water per day to function correctly. Good, clean water tastes refreshing and feels hydrating once it is consumed.  We know that our bodies are composed of 60% water, but did you know that our brains use water to make essential hormones and neurotransmitters? If you are suffering from brain fog or lack of focus, the problem may be dehydration. Below we will explore how water affects our brains and some creative ways to ensure you stay properly hydrated.

The brain needs good blood flow throughout the body to function. To ensure you have good circulation and oxygenation, you must drink enough water. While dehydrated, the brain is the first to feel it because it does not receive enough blood flow or oxygen. Brain fog and fatigue are amongst the first symptoms of dehydration. You may also notice that while dehydrated, you experience more mood swings or anxiety. This happens because water also helps the brain to flush out toxins and dead cells. If you are having trouble getting a restful night’s sleep, lack of water may be an issue. Oxygenation increases in the brain when we drink water, calming the mind and helping us reach a deeper sleep. Dehydration also affects our short-term memory and may trigger migraines or headaches.

Luckily, there are many easy ways to ensure you are drinking enough water every day. With a few small changes, you will be well hydrated with a healthy body and mind.  Some creative ways to add more water to your day include:

  • Carry a water bottle with you even if you are at home.
  • If you hate the taste of water, try infusing your water with fruit or add a splash of juice to your water to make it more palatable.
  • Track your hydration using an app or keep track in your planner.
  • Make it a rule to drink water after each bathroom break.
  • Refill your glass or bottle anytime it is empty.
  • Try drinking water while you cook or prepare each meal.
  • If you hate flat water, try sparkling or mineral water.
  • Try eating fruits and vegetables with higher water content, such as watermelon, cucumber, zucchini, or grapefruit.
  • Always bring water with you when you exercise, even if it is just a leisurely walk around your neighborhood.
  • If your tap water tastes terrible, consider installing an under the sink system that will filter out any foul odors, tastes, and contaminants from your water.

Our brains need water to focus, function, and more. Increased blood flow and oxygenation have many benefits to the brain. Drinking water will allow you to feel balanced, relaxed, and even sleep better. In other words, with proper hydration, your brain will do its best to keep you happy and healthy.