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Water: How important is it really?

We are hearing a bunch of talk about healthy diets and eating right. Have you heard much about drinking water?

Does drinking water really make that much of a difference?
Does drinking water really make that much of a difference?
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Breakthroughs in learning “Water: Fuel Your Brain” by Matthew Turton explains that “By the time the thirst mechanism starts, body weight may decrease by 2% but cognitive ability decreases by 10% leading to fatigue, reduced concentration, and at times even dizziness.”

When your child wakes up in the morning you make sure that they eat breakfast but do you make sure they drink a glass of water. Drinking a glass of water in the morning can really start your day on the right foot. There was a study published in Frontiers of Human Neuroscience that showed people reacted 14% slower when they were thirsty. When you’re thirsty your brain actually shirnks in size the good news is it will go back to normal size just by drinking some water.

“Can you drink too much water?”

As important as water is to the function of your brain and other functions in the body if you drink too much water too fast it can cause water intoxication. This can cause irregular heartbeat, allow fluid to enter the lungs, fluttering eyelids, and swelling. This condition is common in infants who drink bottles of just water or diluted formula. That is why you should wait until a child is one year old before giving them plain water to drink. Water intoxication can also happen in adults who run or exercise and then drink a bunch of water without accompanying electrolytes.

So how much water should you drink? 8 12oz glasses of water throughout the day is recommended. Just remember that if you start to feel thirsty or if your child says they’re thirsty your brain is already being affected. Make it a point to teach your child to choose water over sugar-filled drinks and it will be a lifelong lesson.