Most people understand that diet and sleep schedules have a profound impact on mental health. Fewer people seem to understand that hydration, or the amount of fluids you consume, also has a profound impact on mental function and mental health. If you struggle with anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues, taking the time to ensure adequate hydration every day may help you reduce the intensity and frequency of your mental health symptoms.
Your Brain Needs Water for Proper Functionality
Dehydration results in impaired brain function. Even mild dehydration can impact cognitive function, concentration, reaction time, memory, and alertness. Dehydration can also impact your mood, especially when you consider that it can cause nausea or headaches. Taking the time to drink water every time you notice a change in mood or other potential symptoms of dehydration can help you avoid bad moods and other issues that arise from inadequate fluid intake.
The physical symptoms of dehydration can become painful and irritating, which may increase the severity of mental health symptoms. Taking the time to get enough water throughout the day is a way to perform essential self-care. Focusing on adequate hydration will make you feel better and may even remind you that your own health and well-being should be a priority in your daily life.
The Quality of Water Matters
The quality of the water you consume is as important as the quantity. Dirty water can have contaminants that build up in your system and make you sick. They can also have bacteria or even viruses that can cause serious health problems. Clean, fresh water is the best source of hydration. If you live in an area with questionable municipal water or well water, investing in a modern filtration system can help ensure the water you drink is clean.
You can also get some of your fluid intake from other kinds of liquids, including soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, and coffee or tea.
However, it’s important to remember that caffeine and alcohol both dehydrate you. In other words, you may want to slightly increase your fluid intake after having a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Aim for at least two litres of water a day, and drink more if you exercise, are overall larger, or experience high temperatures.
Getting enough water into your body every day can improve your mental health and mental performance. It also does wonders for your physical health. Prioritising proper hydration is a smart step to take for your own well-being.
To boost the positive effects of stying hydrated, opt for ozone therapy once or twice a week. Ozone therapy has shown to improve brain activity, enhance memory and neutralize toxins and impurities in the body. Ozone can also help fight more serious diseases like hormonal imbalance, Alzheimer’s disease and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Each session only takes 30 minutes to complete. You can visit a clinic in your area or you can own your own ozone sauna.
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