An optimally functioning brain is a well hydrated brain. A brain that does not get enough water will have difficulty executing tasks because the fluid in our nerves thickens when dehydrated. This sluggish communication flow results in poor concentration, slow processing speed, and memory problems. Most popular beverages such as coffee, sodas, or energy drinks are full of sugar and caffeine that dehydrate the brain and body causing a “crash” of fatigue and irritability. On average, every adult needs 8 full glasses of water a day to meet minimal requirements for physical and mental functioning. So when you feel tired, cranky, and have difficulty focusing put down that caffeine-filled sugar drink and choose a cold refreshing glass of ice water.
- Drink water consistently throughout the day
- Hydrate before, during and after exercise
- Substitute sparkling water for alcoholic drinks at social gatherings
- Drink 2 glasses of water in addition to every cup of coffee or can of soda to counteract the diuretic effects caused by these less healthy choices