I hunted for a brain fog fix forever!
Being a mom of three and a business owner, I had people counting on me and I needed to be able to show up fully every day.
It has been drilled into us that drinking more water is crucial for our overall bodily health.
More than 70% of your body is made out of water and every function of your body depends on water in order to perform efficiently.
Duh. Water is good for your body. Just like the health benefits of exercise – we know this.
But today I want to talk with you specifically about why water is important for your brain health and how it can be a simple brain fog fix.
Here at Your Next 40 Years, we are all about learning new ways to use our minds and our brains to improve the quality of these next decades of life.
So, obviously the physical health of our brain is crucial to those goals. Because if our brain is not healthy and functioning at peak performance, then we can’t use things like meditation, hypnosis, affirmations, and exercise to create new neural pathways in our brain.
Being mindful of properly hydrating our brain so that we can reach those goals is very important. And, the good news is, ever if you’re on a budget and trying to save money each month, you can still afford water!
80% of our physical brain is made up of water. So for this reason, water is crucial and the brain depends on it. In order to properly function at the highest level, we have to give our brain water.
Some of the negative physical effects on your brain from not drinking enough water include reduced concentration and focus, headaches, not being able to sleep, and brain fog.
Your brain just needs water in order to function properly. All of the cells in your brain require a balance of water that is absolutely precise in order to work the way that it should. And, these tips will help you to make water your brain fog fix.
Water As A Simple Brain Fog Fix
So the first thing that you do in the morning should be drink water. That is the time of the day when your brain cells actually need hydration. They’ve just gone eight to nine hours or seven to nine hours without any water and without any food.
Imagine each time that you exhale while you’re sleeping, you’re actually losing water through the moisture of your breath. So, the first thing that you should do in the morning is to drink a cup of water.
It will help your brain to get moving and help it work faster throughout the day. Water will boost your concentration. Dehydration can actually have physical effects.
You can start to feel dizzy, or a little bit shaky. You might have trouble focusing. Your memory and your reaction time start to slow down. All of those are symptoms of dehydration.
Unfortunately, most people reach for a cup of coffee when they start to feel these symptoms, but in actuality, all you really need is to have a sip of water every 30 minutes throughout the day.
Nothing will remedy poor concentration faster than staying hydrated.
Water Balances Your Mood and Your Emotions
Your emotions are governed by the cells and the hormones in your brain. Drinking water has a huge impact on your mental health. When you drink water, you actually raise the temperature of your brain and flush toxins and dead cells
This helps to balance the chemical processes in your brain and kind of restarts your brain. This doesn’t mean that drinking water is going to cure your depression or your anxiety.
It’s not like a quick fix pill. But, staying properly hydrated throughout the day is going to support your brain in keeping hormones balanced and that will aid in reducing depression, stress, anxiety, and improve your overall mental health.
Water Helps you Sleep Better
Yes, you may wake up in the middle of the night to go pee, but drinking water one hour before you go to bed is going to help you get a healthier, more regenerative sleep.
When you drink water, it increases the blood flow to all parts of your body and that includes your brain. When your brain gets extra blood flow, it boosts the oxygenation because there’s oxygen in the blood.
That extra bit of oxygen in the brain actually calms your brain down. Not to mention the water helps to flush toxins and waste substances from your brain.
All of these things happen within the hour before you go to sleep so that when you lay down, your brain has been flushed of toxins. It’s gotten a good dose of oxygen, it’s calm and it’s ready to really sink into a nice deep restorative sleep.
So, if you want to wake up earlier and be a morning person, make sure you’re drinking water before bed.
Water Improves Your Memory
Like we talked about earlier dehydration has many physical symptoms and one of them is trouble remembering things. When you’re dehydrated, your body is out of homeostasis. It’s not balanced.
This increases inflammation and one side effect of that is reduced cognitive ability. In other words, it’s more difficult for you to process information, to remember things, to come up with conclusions or put two and two together about the information that you’ve received.
All of these things are a result of dehydration and dehydration is not having enough water,
But, it’s not enough to not drink water for five hours. Get a headache, realize that you can’t remember anything and that you’re having trouble focusing and then sit down and drink three liters of water.
You have to make sure to drink water throughout the day and to drink water properly. If you want to learn more about that process, you can read the blog post that I wrote about how to drink water properly.
And, if you’re having trouble remembering to drink water every day, make sure that you download the ritual tracker and it will help you build that accountability into your day.