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THE THIRSTY BRAIN

It is a well-known fact that human body is made up of over 70% water, and hence, the importance of it cannot be denied. Almost every part of our body requires water to function smoothly, and boost the body to perform at its peak energy levels. However, many people do not realise how crucial hydration can be, in order to promote brain functioning. This is because our brain cells require a delicate balance between water and electrolytes.

SO WHY IS WATER IMPORTANT?

Water carries oxygen to the brain, which is responsible for energy production and can instantly make you feel better or worse. Water has structural benefit, which essentially helps in filling the gap between brain cells. You would have also noticed very frequently that when you are dehydrated, you will most likely get a headache, which means that there is a direct relation between the functioning of the brain and hydration.

Even as little as a 3-4% decrease in water intake, can cause an immediate cause on effect on the body and will affect the fluid balance in the brain, which can cause a number of issues such as:

  1. Fatigue
  2. Brain fog
  3. Reduced energy
  4. Headache
  5. Mood swings

HOW TO ENSURE SUFFICIENT WATER INTAKE

As a nutritionist and brain health advocate, I am thoroughly convinced that drinking enough water is the first step towards great health. Over the years, I have definitely learnt the small tricks and techniques that help me drink enough water, to keep my brain sharp, and function smoothly at all times. It starts right from drinking a full glass of water the first thing in the morning to ending the day with a cup of herbal tea.

The longevity of you and your brain are both dependent on what is called as “Hard Water” which refers to plain water, which naturally contains minerals like calcium and magnesium.Make sure that you are well aware of the kind of water you are consuming. Here are some quick tips that will help you reach your daily water intake goal:

  1. Do not count green tea/ chaas/ juice or other liquids as “water”
  2. Set reminders on your phone to drink water every 30 mins
  3. Keep a bottle of water with you instead of filling glasses (It can be harder to remember how many glasses you have had than bottles)

Apart from this, there is another very interesting and one of our favourite tricks that you can follow: Aloe Vera juice!

Aloe Vera juice is our nature’s own first aid which is naturally antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. Aloe Vera constitutes of over 90% water and over 200 active components of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and even fatty acids. Consuming aloe Vera juice every day It is considered a great way to hydrate all the organs, reduce inflammation, and get the brain ready to spring into action from inside out!

It is also important to remember that “drinking” water is not the only way to stay hydrated, there are several vegetables and fruits available that can help you achieve your daily hydration goal and also add up to your nutrition requirements.

FRUIT WATER CONTENT VEGETABLE WATER CONTENT
Watermelon 93% Cucumber &
lettuce
96%
Strawberry 92% Zucchini,
celery &
radish
95%
peaches 88% Broccoli,
pepper,
& spinach
93%

In conclusion, simply drink more water, and eat foods that are rich in water content. This is a rather straight forward and humble way to maintain better health and improve cognitive functions. In order to ensure that you do, you can follow the tricks and tips that we have mentioned in this blog post.

Happy drinking!