Dehydration and Your Brain

The human brain is made up of approximately 75% water, so it is no surprise that dehydration has a dramatic effect on brain health.

Dehydration takes place when there is a deficit of water and salts that are essential for regular bodily functions.   Mineral imbalances hinder normal brain operation.  Mental fatigue, memory problems, and mental confusion can result when the brain isn’t properly hydrated.  Grey matter in the brain actually shrinks, and chronic long term dehydration can cause the brain to age prematurely.

How Dehydration Impacts Your Brain

  • Mental fatigue
  • Problems with information processing
  • Mood changes
  • Premature aging of the brain

Drinking filtered spring water is the best way to stay hydrated.  If you take your body weight and divide it by two you will have calculated the ounces of water you need to consume per day.  Soda, coffee, and black tea are acidic beverages, so they don’t count toward your daily hydration goal.

Article by Tracey Fox. Tracey is a nutritional specialist.

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