Brain Bulletin 123 - The Surprising Reason You Get Brain Fog More in the Summer

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Brain Bulletin 123 - The Surprising Reason You Get Brain Fog More in the Summer

 Water is life.

"Pure water is the world's first and foremost medicine." - Slovakian proverb

Water is indispensable to the operation of each brain cell. And sometimes, getting enough can be a challenge.

Your brain is 80% water, and it's important to maintain stability. Even a small "drop-off" has consequences.

A 2018 study1 found a 2% loss in hydration causes a measurable loss in focus and cognition. Two percent isn't that much. We may not even feel thirsty. If dehydration hits 5%, your loss of focus and concentration hits 35%.

 Another study2 found even one percent produces deficits.

All this can lead to mid-day grumpiness.

Here's one thing you can do right now:

   Drink one cup of water with each meal.

In no time your brain links meal and water. It becomes a habit. Remember, brains get good at what they do. Neuroplasticity!

( And, of course, sip water often all day. It does add up.)

So, maintaining a good mood might just meaning adding water.

"Water is the soul of the earth." - W.H. Auden

1. Wittbrodt M.T. Millard-Stafford, M. Dehydration Impairs Cognitive Performance: A Meta-Analysis. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Nov., 2018

2. Stachenfeld, N. et al.  Water Intake Reverses Dehydration Associated with Impaired Executive Function in Healthy Young Women, Physiology & Behavior, Mar., 2018

Here's a bit more on feeling better in the summer :


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