As summer starts to come in strong, I always like to bring up this simple but vital habit that can help prevent brain fog. Are you drinking enough water today? Although a simple habit, with over 70% of our body composed of water, proper hydration is critical. Every single function that our body undergoes requires proper hydration. Our brain specifically requires proper hydration to help keep us sharp and focused.
Lack of proper hydration can cause side effects including difficulty with concentration and memory, brain fatigue as well as headaches, sleep disturbances, and even anxiety. Your brain, which is made up of 1/3 water needs you to keep hydrated. When you are severely dehydrated your brain can suffer. Studies have even shown that if your brain drops by just two percent of body water, you can suffer from short term brain fog, difficulty with concentration and trouble with calculations. So that means parents, you need to make sure your children are also getting enough water throughout the day to help them stay focused in school.
So how much water should you be consuming? Is the standard 8 glasses a day enough? I recommend you remember a simple calculation. Your goal for water intake throughout the day should be half your body weight in ounces. That means that if for example you weight 150lbs, half of your body weight is 75, so you should strive to drink 75 ounces of water per day. That is during an average day. If you plan on hiking, spending time outside or working out, you should increase this water intake. Make sure if you are working out or sweating in any way that you are properly hydrated with water but also electrolytes. So make sure to get that water bottle out, your brain will thank you!