The human body truly is a miraculous thing. It was created to work in perfect balance when supplied all the essential things that are needed. The brain is something that we often take for granted. We feed out hunger and satiate our thirst, but not much attention is paid to what our brains asks of us. There are many things that you can do to increase your brain power, and to help it function optimally. Chief among those things, or perhaps least painful, is to take in enough water to hydrate it properly, and maintain the delicate balance which helps it to do its job.
There are many things that we have been taught about how to increase brain power. We know that the brain needs food for focus and attention. We also know that to keep the brain functioning as we age we should continually challenge it with crossword puzzles and get enough sleep. The simplest thing that we can do, that we often neglect, is to ensure that we drink enough water. Brain cells operate with just the right chemistry and balance. Part of that balance is having the right amount of water in your system.
Research has been very clear that brain functioning is linked to attention deficit, short-term memory function, long term memory recall and the ability to do complex tasks such as arithmetic. Since your body is continually losing water through just sustaining life, making sure to stay well hydrated throughout the day is important.
The brain cells need the minerals in water to function. If they are lacking in the essential things that supply them with enough energy, your brain will not function optimally. There is research to suggest that the grey matter in the brain can actually shrink in the absence of enough water. I don’t know about you, but if a shrunken brain is even possible and all I have to do to cure it is drink water, I’ll gladly partake in a glass or two.
When you sleep throughout the night many people go for as long as eight to twelve hours without consuming water at all. That is really no sweat, no pun intended. The body does not really lose most water overnight besides through exhalation and perhaps perspiration. When you wake in the morning there may be a reason why the coffee gives you a jump start and helps you to focus. It may not just be the caffeine that your body needs to “wake up”. It may be that your body needs the caffeine along with the water to hydrate it to better focus your attention.
Before you head off to your long day at work, or you put your children on the bus to school, give them a glass of water, or juice, to hydrate their body and to get it all revved up again. Your teacher will thank you for it. Something as small as a glass of water can start your day off on the right foot, and get your brain ready for a really thoughtful day ahead.