Perhaps like other people, there are times you cannot drink more than eight glasses a day. Sometimes it is due to your busy schedule or that you somehow only drink when you feel thirsty and all that. But you shouldn’t use that as an excuse. It is important to note that water is beneficial for your overall health because it serves as a booster for the brain. Here is how water takes effect.
The brain needs the appropriate amount of hydration, and only water can provide that specific requirement. The cells in this organ require a precise and delicate balance between water and other elements to function correctly. When there is enough hydration, the brain works faster. So when is the right time to drink plenty of it? Well, it will be very beneficial if it is something you drink when you wake up. That is because it is the moment of the day where the brain needs more hydration than at any other time.
“Eating healthfully, exercising regularly and getting a good night’s sleep are all important elements in a mentally and physically healthy life.” –Staci Lee Schnell, MS, CS, LMFT
The reason why sometimes you feel like losing the concentration is that your brain is trying to conserve its resources. It automatically protects itself from the damage that stress gives. That explains why it often results in you losing the ability to respond quickly to stimuli. But the good thing is water can replenish the brain function twice as much as it needs. Therefore, always consider sipping some at least every forty to fifty minutes. The reason for this is because this is the amount of time your concentration span begins to decline.
You may not know it, but drinking a glass of water helps in balancing your mood and emotions. That is due to its effects on increasing your brain’s temperature. It supports the necessary strength to get rid of toxins as well as dead cells. Aside from that, water also balances your chemical processes and allows you to have a mental restart. It promotes better sleep as well due to its capability to increase blood flow through your brain. It increases hydration and oxygenation for a calmer and more relaxed effect.
“A replenishing mental health day should include consuming as much water as possible, restoring hydration and flushing toxins, which in turn can perk up your body and mind.” –Alicia H. Clark PsyD.
If you don’t drink enough water in a day, it automatically starts a homeostatic imbalance where a series of dysfunction take effect. In some unfortunate instances, this series of dysfunction affects the many fundamental areas of your survival. One of these is the reduction of cognitive agility. It is where it makes it harder for you to memorize things, make conclusions, create better decisions, infer information, as well as retain long term memory.
So just a quick reminder; though it is essential to drink at least eight glasses of water, you do not have to force yourself if you can’t consume that much on time. Just ensure that you are regularly hydrated. You can at least carry a bottle of water with you every time over the course of the day. It may appear to be a small effort, but it will guarantee to make a difference. But if you can sustain the right amount of water needed by the brain, it would much better. As Audra J Lee LMFT often suggests, “Take a mental health day, take time off from work and refuel & recharge, whatever that looks like for you personally.”