Our bodies depend on water. Besides the fact that our bodies are mostly made of water, our bodies need water for a wide variety of purposes.
In short, if we don’t drink enough, we cannot perform at the levels we want to reach.
That especially goes for that big mass of gray matter in your head. Water is crucial for mental health. Without proper hydration, you’ll think – and feel – worse than before.
Your Brain Without Water
Of course, if you don’t drink any water, you’ll die. What we’re talking about here is being perpetually dehydrated like 75% of Americans.
When you’re not drinking enough, your brain’s functions are impacted. How? Well, without enough water, you will:
- Feel sluggish
- Lose focus and concentration
- Have short-term memory issues
- Experience headaches
- Have trouble sleeping
- Feel more depression
- Experience more anger
- Potentially go through mood swings
These symptoms are all because your brain is struggling to perform at the level it was designed to function, and water is essential for that.
How Water Fuels the Brain
Your brain depends on two substances: glucose and water. But of the two, water is more efficient.
Water is best at helping the brain’s cells get the electrical energy they need to perform optimally.
Water is also best at helping your body produce enough hormones and neurotransmitters. In fact, half of your brain’s energy is spent sending and receiving signals through your nervous system. Water is kind of like steam for an old-fashioned locomotive: it helps push signals out and bring them back in.
When you’re fully hydrated, your brain will perform more like a Formula One racing car – instead of a beat-up 1987 Ford pickup truck. You’ll think faster, retain more information, process information more clearly, and be more creative.
The Science Is Clear: Drink More Water!
We’ve written before about how dehydration is terrible and can affect vital organs like your heart. Well, it’s also bad for your brain – and without our brains, we’re zombies.
Drink plenty of water. If you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already dehydrated and need to drink up. Drink throughout the day until you feel satiated, and make sure you resume drinking water as soon as you wake up in the morning.
Drink water – your brain will thank you for it.