I promise you this brain-boosting
drink is in your kitchen
October 10th, 2016 by NHI
There’s an easily available drink that may improve your thinking abilities, your memory and your mood – almost instantly.
You have it in your kitchen but you’re probably not taking advantage of it.
The drink is just plain water. Research shows that as we get older we don’t drink enough, our bodies are less able to retain enough water to stay adequately hydrated and, as a result, our brain power and mood may be suffering.
I sip water all day long myself – and have all my life — but I realize a lot of people hardly touch the stuff. If that sounds like you, you’ll want to reconsider after you read this. It’s an amazingly easy, cheap and effective way to boost cognition. . .
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Being Thirsty is Good for You
Studies now show that being slightly dehydrated not only hampers the way our brains work, but also causes our bodies to conspire against us to increase the chances that we’re not drinking enough water.
It seems the less water you drink, the less you want.
Researchers in England who analyzed the water status of about 200 people over the age of 65 found that about 20 percent of them were significantly dehydrated.1
“We know that dehydration is difficult to identify — but it can lead to increased risk of hospital admission, urinary tract infections, disability and even death,” warns researcher Lee Hooper, a Ph.D. with the University of East Anglia. “Older people tend not to feel thirsty when they drink too little. On top of that — as our kidneys get older we are less able to concentrate our urine to preserve fluid, so the body’s ability to regulate its fluid balance slowly reduces.”
Dr. Hooper’s study showed that people suffering from the memory loss of dementia are also more likely to be short on water. In his view, it’s not clear which causes which – do memory problems lead to dehydration or does dehydration help cause dementia?
But it may be like the proverbial chicken-or-egg phenomenon – dehydration and dementia may egg each other on and you can’t determine which came first.
“We found a strong correlation between both poor cognitive function and dehydration.” he says. “But it is quite possible that dehydration is the cause of poor cognitive function, and that the relationship works in a vicious circle.”
Damaged Brain Function, Bad Mood
Meanwhile, a lab study at Cornell University shows that running low on water can compromise brain function by:
- Slowing the response of neurons in the brain
- Increasing oxidative stress – damage by toxic free radicals – in brain cells.
- Impairing blood flow to brain cells.2
Another issue linked to not drinking enough water is a cranky deterioration in your mood.
A pair of studies at the University of Connecticut’s Human Performance Laboratory shows that a mere 1.5 percent loss of water from your body (what’s considered mild dehydration) can sap your energy level, ruin your mood and cloud up your ability to think clearly.3
These scientists also warn that you can’t depend on thirst to keep you drinking enough water.
“(We don’t feel thirsty until) dehydration is already setting in and starting to impact how our mind and body perform,” says researcher Lawrence E. Armstrong. “Dehydration affects all people, and staying properly hydrated is just as important for those who work all day at a computer as it is for marathon runners, who can lose up to 8 percent of their body weight as water when they compete.”
Take Advantage of this Easy Brain Enhancer
Many experts – including Lawrence E. Armstrong — recommend eight glasses of water a day. It’s actually not known what an optimal level of water intake might be. And no doubt it varies by individual. Surely weight and body size matter.
While I don’t necessarily think you need eight glasses, you should drink a little more water than you feel necessary without overdoing it and imbibing vast amounts. Your mood and thinking abilities depend on being hydrated, so stay on the safe side and don’t dry out.