Of course we need water to survive. That seems pretty obvious. But why? What does hydration actually do for us? More than you may think!
Our brains are made up of 85% water. We rely on our brains to function at maximum potential. The brain controls so much of our ability and performance, and yet, most of us don’t give it the care and fuel it deserves, and that we need. In addition to cognitive processing, the brain is in charge of producing our hormones and neurotransmitters (the body’s communication system). In fact, one-half of the brain’s energy goes to nerve transmission alone. According to Teach & Kids Learn, “When your brain is functioning on a full reserve of water, you will be able to think faster, be more focused, and experience greater clarity and creativity.” Okay, I’m in!
The Benefits of Hydration: Better Decision-Making, Memory, and Less Stress
Proper hydration not only impacts our brain function, it also improves our short-term memory, ability to make clear, level-headed decisions, and can reduce stress. A recent study observed a group of participants all of whom were required to fast the night before taking a test. The group was then split into two; one group drank 500ml of water before testing, and the other group drank none. The study showed that the group that drank water before the test, “...demonstrated improved performance on tasks measuring cognitive reflection in judgment and decision-making. Additionally, in subjects between the ages of 18 and 30, experts found that drinking water improved memory and focus,” according to Psychology Today.
Another study, led by Dr. Caroline Edmonds, proved similar findings. Edmonds’ study showed that dehydration can affect mood and brain function which can lead to overall lower performance. According to NeuroGrow, Edmonds found that, “...those who drank water before performing a cognitive test had 14% increased reaction time compared to those who did not drink water. In addition to their decreased cognitive performance, those who were dehydrated reported being more confused and tense than those who drank water.” Both studies indicate that proper hydration improves overall brain function, increases short-term memory and can lower stress -- all things that ultimately impact the quality of your life!
Signs of Dehydration
Since dehydration can cause your brain to shut down (or function at a lower capacity) not drinking enough water can contribute to a laundry list of unpleasant side effects. They include, brain fog, mid-day fatigue, depression, emotional instability, anger, trouble focusing, exhaustion, sleep issues, stress, and a lack of mental clarity. Not good.
Drinking water does more than help ward-off ailments. Hydration is a pathway to health, one that can improve many aspects of life. Think of it as a ripple effect; appropriate hydration can increase mental clarity, which can lead to better decision making, mood elevation and less stress. Now, consider all of the things in your life that could be improved by proper hydration. Business success, better relationships, clearer communication, financial planning, safety for yourself and family, the list goes on. Sounds pretty good, huh?
Is there such a thing as being Too Hydrated?
Actually, there is. Although, considering the fact that 80% of Americans don’t drink enough water, overhydration isn’t that likey. Still, let’s talk about it! If you are going overboard (no pun intended!) on water consumption, you might be inadvertently flushing your system of essential electrolytes and minerals that naturally support hydration and health. Sodium, for example, is key to helping your brain communicate properly with nerve cells. So, overhydration could lead to similar side-effects of dehydration, like impaired judgement. Ugh, you’ve gotta be kidding me!
BUT there is an answer to this potential conundrum...Clear Theory Water Booster!
We address this issue by adding essential electrolytes, including salt (sodium), to our water booster. So, by adding Clear Theory to your water you are not only hydrating the old fashion way (by drinking water), you are replenishing your body with electrolytes that help support hydration and your overall health.
That’s called a win win, baby!