Have you ever noticed how you feel when you’re thirsty? I mean, besides feeling actual thirst…have you noticed any difference in your mental and emotional state? I know I have. It’s embarrassing to admit, but I would actively ignore my thirst on a regular basis. Believe me, I paid the price with anxiety, mental confusion, and muscle weakness.
Water is the elixir of life, and its impact on our mental health cannot be overstated. Dehydration, even in mild forms, can lead to cognitive impairments, mood disturbances, and increased feelings of stress and anxiety. Did you know that our brain, composed of about 75% water? It relies on adequate hydration to function optimally. When we neglect our hydration needs, we deprive our brains of the essential fluid it needs to regulate emotions, maintain focus, and make clear decisions.
Research has shown that even mild dehydration can have a significant impact on our mood and cognitive performance. Fatigue, irritability, and difficulties with memory and attention are common manifestations of dehydration. By simply replenishing our bodies with water, we can experience a noticeable improvement in mental clarity, mood stability, and overall cognitive function.
Even more, staying hydrated supports the body’s stress response system. When we’re dehydrated, our stress hormone levels can rise, intensifying feelings of anxiety and tension. By ensuring proper hydration, we provide our bodies with the necessary tools to combat stress and maintain a more balanced emotional state.
I know many people who dislike water so they put lemon slices in a jug of water to infuse with lemon essence. It’s important not to replace water with coffee, sodas, or other types of beverages. They don’t have the same benefits and actually can promote dehydration. There is one word of caution…it is possible to drink too much water. I would definitely suggest you research how much your body needs and make an informed choice.
This is how I started my water drinking habit…I used an app. Yup, there’s an app for THAT! It reminds me to drink water throughout the day. I also keep a reusable water jug nearby. Remember that thirst is often a delayed signal, so it’s crucial to hydrate yourself. Have a great summer and stay refreshed!