Your brain is mostly water. This is true of the human body in general, which is about 60% water, but the average person’s brain is made up of even more water – roughly 73%. All that water is essential for your brain to function. In this article, we’re going to touch on some of the mental and emotional benefits of drinking water.
How Water Affects Your Brain
- Water is essential to all cellular functions, helping cells maintain their shape and maintaining their proper operation. Well-hydrated brain cells mean a well-operating brain.
- Water facilitates nutrient delivery to the brain, such as essential carbohydrates and oxygen.
- Water allows for effective cellular waste removal, transporting toxins out of the brain for disposal.
- Water aids in temperature regulation, ensuring your head does not get too hot or too cold.
- Water is essential to the cushioning fluid surrounding the brain, acting as a shock absorber that makes sure your brain is stable.
Mental Benefits of Drinking Water
- Increased concentration. Dehydration has been found to contribute toward headaches, fatigue, focus, and reduced awareness, all of which make it harder to concentrate on your current task.
- Increased energy. Proper hydration allows for efficient and effective transport of nutrients throughout the body. Proper hydration means your brain gets the fuel it needs to work at its best, facilitating mental focus and memory.
- Can reduces or alleviate headaches and migraines. One of the most common symptoms of dehydration is a headache. While not a cure, drinking enough water can reduce the chance of developing a headache or migraine, or mitigate some of the pain associated with a headache or migraine.
- Can mitigate or reduced the effects of hangovers. Alcohol is a diuretic – ingesting alcoholic beverages causes you to lose more fluids than you ingest. Hangovers are the result of dehydration due to alcohol consumption. If you want to prevent a hangover, drink at least as much water as each alcoholic beverage. If you want to reduce the pain of an existing hangover, drink water to rehydrate.
Emotional Benefits of Drinking Water
- Decreased risk of depression and anxiety. A study of more than 3,000 people found that those who drank more water daily had reduced risk of depression and anxiety, while those who drank the least amount of water had double the risk.
- Reduced chance of panic attacks. Some common triggering symptoms for panic attacks include headaches and increased heart rate, both of which are also common symptoms of dehydration. In this respect, proper hydration can help prevent panic attacks by preventing the triggering symptoms from occurring.
- Can help control mood swings. One study found that even low levels of dehydration – a loss of just 1.5% of normal water volume in the body – can negatively affect mood, energy level, and mental clarity. Research suggests that neurons in the brain that detect hydration may signal parts of the brain regulating mood – perhaps as a biological warning system of dehydration.
Drink More Water for Body and Mind
We have long stressed the importance of proper hydration for better health. In the past, we’ve published articles on the benefits of hydration toward blood pressure, metabolism, and skin and hair. In this article, we’ve stressed the importance of proper hydration toward mental and emotional health. A healthy body, healthy mind, and healthy emotions are essential to a healthier, happier life. So, make sure to drink enough water, and drink cleaner, healthier water through Multipure. For Life. For You.
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