Maximize Your Mental Performance With Water!
We would often rather ‘hydrate’ ourselves with anything but water!
Feeling tired and groggy and you don’t know why? You may just be dehydrated! We have all heard about the importance of drinking water – as kids, we were told over and over again to drink 8 glasses per day. But even then, not many of us are actually doing it. We would often rather ‘hydrate’ ourselves with anything but water! But, if nourishing your body with some water doesn’t seem that important to you, then maybe you should consider learning how to maximize mental performance through proper hydration.
Although it may sound odd, water is a lot more important to mental function than we may have thought. Recent research studies have shown that acute dehydration can actually cause brain shrinkage, which in turn causes negative effects on mental performance. This is due to the generation of an osmotic gradient that provokes water to flow outside of the cells resulting in their shrinkage. This obviously doesn’t happen overnight, but reduced water intake over a long period of time may adversely impact your ability to do certain things such as plan or process information. This is definitely a problem none of us want to have! But if you are anything like our typical modern-day human, you are probably wondering how you’ll ever increase your water intake.
Changing habits isn’t easy, so below we’ve created some fun tips to help you stay hydrated and mentally sharp!
1) DRINK WATER BEFORE AND AFTER MEAL
This is probably the easiest way for you to stay hydrated. It’s a simple way to get more water into your day and keep your brain happy. As simple as it may sound, this is also a great way to eat less! That’s good news for those who are looking for easy ways to lose some pounds!
2) CHOOSE QUALITY WATER
Drinking tap water? Unfortunately, there are many harmful contaminants present in tap water that could make us ill. Installing a good-quality water filter or gathering water from a spring provides some options to obtain quality water.
3) SAY NO TO SPORTS DRINKS
Although sports drinks may seem like a good idea, the truth is the ingredients present in these drinks may actually be detrimental to your health. Many of them contain high amounts of sugar or artificial sweeteners that don’t actually quench our thirst.
4) SPRUCE UP YOUR WATER
Forget plain old water! Adding herbs, fruit, or veggies are great ways to make water taste better. Try out the recipe below for a little motivation!
WHY YOU NEED A WATER BREAK?
This natural flavored water recipe infused with herbs and fruits is not only healthier but a whole lot more exciting! It’ll make you want to drink more of the good stuff without you realizing it. So what are you waiting for?
Lime and Mint Flavored Water
8 ounces of lime
4 ounces of mint
2 quarts of water
Directions: Place lime and mint in a pitcher and add filtered or spring water. Refrigerate 2 to 4 hours to allow the ingredients to infuse. Stir well and strain. For serving, add fresh lime and mint for garnish and plenty of ice. The infused water will keep refrigerated for up to 2 days. You can replace the lime and mint with raspberries and basil or cranberries and rosemary!
Angela Villavicencio-Requis is the creative visionary and owner of Earth Cravings Restaurant. While attaining her masters degree in neuroscience, Angela discovered her true passion for cooking and nutrition. Since then she has committed herself to creating foods that are not only delicious but also healthy. She now lives a life inspired to nourish the masses and educate the world on eating to heal.