LoveYourBrain Tip: Drink Water!

DRINK WATER!

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BRAIN HEALTH | 8.18.2015 | BY DAYA ALEXANDER GRANT, Ph.D., M.S.

In keeping with our water theme from last week, this week’s tip is to STAY HYDRATED.

Water is the brain’s most basic necessity. The brain is composed of approximately 80% water after all.  Without water, the brain cannot function. Simple as that. Furthermore, without water, the brain will direct most of its power to processing the thirst signals bombarding it. If you stay hydrated, your brain is able to devote its attention to the multitude of other important tasks.

How else does water boost brain power?

  • It improves:

    • reaction time

    • cognitive processing

    • memory

  • It prevents:

    • premature aging of the bran

    • grey matter shrinkage

    • mental fatigue

One of the best ways to start your day is with a glass of water (and a squeeze of lemon!).  Each morning, your brain (and body) emerges from a 6 to 8 hour period of dehydration while you were sleeping. It’s so badly craving H2O!

Throughout the day, aim to drink enough water to equal half your body weight in ounces (e.g. if you weigh 150 lbs, then drink 75 oz of water per day). Of course, if you’re sweating a lot due to heat or exercise, then you’ll need to drink a little more.