January 17 at 11:53 AM • Comments: 0 • Views: 6251

Staying Hydrated May Help You Stay Focused

It only we had a penny for every time someone told us to drink more water.  The doctor, teachers, the dentist, parents, sports trainers and even co-workers get all worked up over water.  Instead of wishing for the penny, you should wish drank a glass of water for every person who told you to do so.  You’d well find yourself a more energized, more focused individual.

Why Water?

Water is the best source of liquids for your body, and since our bodies are at least 60% water, it is necessary for human life.  Water does all sorts of amazing things for our bodies.  It increases the amount of oxygen in the body; more oxygen in the body means more oxygen to the brain and therefore boosts our alertness and mental clarity.  Water helps us stay healthy and flushes toxins out of our bodies.  It also helps to regulate bowel movements and prevent constipation and can even help keep our skin clear and healthy. Since we lose water through urine, sweat and even just by breathing, it’s important to constantly maintain proper hydration levels.  If you notice you feel thirsty, minor dehydration has already set in.

Dehydration and Focus

Even mild dehydration can make you feel fatigued and can impair concentration.  If you feel a slight slump at work, as most of us do in the afternoon, you may simply need more fluids.  Skip the extra cup of coffee and grab a glass of water.  Even a piece of fruit or some veggies will help hydrate you and provide a boost of natural sugar for energy. Signs of dehydration can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Impaired concentration
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Constipation
  • Dark or foul smelling urine
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth or lips

How Much Water Is Enough?

Experts don’t always agree on this one; however the standard number is 8 to 10 cups a day.  While this often seems like a lot, it is easily managed.  Have a glass with every meal, and keep a water bottle near you while at work.  Most glasses and water bottles contain one and a half to 2 and a half cups of water (1 cup equals 8 ounces).  If you don’t drink much water, increase your daily quota little by little to avoid feeling waterlogged and sluggish. If you exercise, increase your consumption by 8 ounces for every 20 minutes spent exercising.

Tips To Drink More Water

If have a hard time drinking extra water, or simply find it boring, try these tips: Flavor your water naturally with lemon, limes, oranges, mint leaves, or even cucumbers. Try filtered or purified water for better taste. Change the temperature; some people prefer iced water, some like it room temperature. Add some fizz; many people enjoy sparkling water with a touch of real fruit juice; try pomegranate, cherry or real grape juice, not juices from concentrate. Eat watery foods; many fruits and vegetables are loaded with water.  Try watermelon, cherries, peaches, plums, grapes, lettuce, carrots, cucumbers or celery.  Even yogurt and milk have water. It’s easy to add extra water to your diet if you just do it in small steps.

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/feel-your-best-with-water

http://women.webmd.com/features/10-tips-to-improve-your-health-at-work

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