Anxiety affects millions of Americans and can be a debilitating condition. At best, it can be an annoyance. No one wants to feel anxiety. Most of us who have anxiety or experience it far too often will go to great lengths to fight it.
Well, we’re big fans of water here at Water Way and we think water is a solution to most things in life. One of those things just happens to be – you guessed it – suffering from anxiety.
Did you know that there’s a connection between relieving anxiety and drinking more water? It’s true, according to Barry Joe McDonagh, who created an anxiety treatment program called Panic Away and wrote a book on anxiety relief.
His reasoning makes sense: water does a lot of really important things for your body, include transmitting hormones, chemicals, and nutrients all throughout your body. When you’re not getting enough water, you become dehydrated – and many of the symptoms of dehydration can trigger the same symptoms that anxiety does.
For example, here are some symptoms of dehydration:
- Increased heart rate
- Feeling faint and light-headed
- Muscle fatigue
Do those sound familiar? They should to an anxiety sufferer. In fact, these symptoms that come from dehydration come from signals your body sends to your brain telling it that you need more water – which can then make your brain feel anxious.
Put another way, not drinking enough water can actually trigger anxiety.
Throw in the fact that stress is a key trigger for anxiety and dehydration increases production of cortisol, the stress hormone, and you have a pretty convincing case.
So, if you want to reduce the effect anxiety has on you, you need to – at a minimum – drink plenty of water. Get into the habit of drinking water regularly throughout the day. If you do, you’ll eventually notice that your anxiety symptoms aren’t nearly as bad or as frequent. It sounds really simple, but it’s true – and it works.
Drink up. Your brain will thank you.