The human brain is made up of approximately 85% water, so it may come as no surprise that cognitive functions are affected when the body becomes dehydrated. Every function in the human body is dependant on water, including activites of the brain and the nervous system.
Research published in the Frontiers in Human Neuroscience journal found that drinking water actually helps the brain to work faster and concentrate better. Brain cells need two times more energy than any other cells in the body and water provides this energy more effectively than any other substance.
When the brain is dehydrated, it actually shrinks. Feeling thirsty may interrupt ones attention span that can affect response time and interfere with learning. The study shows that attentional resources were ‘freed up’ as such, when thirst is quenched. As well as fatigue and a decrease in focus, dehydration can contribute to other problems such as headaches, sleep issues, depression and anger.
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