Water & Wellbeing: H2O And Its Effects On The Mind
With the effects of the last year or so still weighing on our minds, it’s more important than ever to stay healthy. Not just in the traditional sense; a healthy life contributes to our mental wellbeing as well as our physical health.
The Miracle Liquid
Although you are, no doubt, aware that 60% of our body is made up of water, did you know that the mass of our brain is made up of 73% H2O? As we are largely made of the stuff, it is probably quite important to our continuing wellbeing.
The wonderful people at IDONTMIND, a mental health awareness group, ran through some of the reasons why water is so crucial for our happiness and mental health.
Our water intake has a direct impact on our energy levels. When we are dehydrated, this slows your circulation, meaning less oxygen is travelling to our brain. When our energy levels dip, our creativity and productivity can follow suit due to a lack of focus.
Furthermore, we find that water has a huge impact on our emotions and general happiness. Being dehydrated can impact how anxious or nervous we are feeling.
IDONTMIND offer much more in terms of mental health tips. You can check them out on twitter to see their activity.
A Stream of Thought
On top of the effects laid out above, drinking water also helps our memory function.
“Brain cells need two times more energy than other cells in the body,” says Dr Corinne Allen, a member of the Advanced Learning and Development Institute. She goes on to say, ‘Water provides this energy more effectively than any other substance. Nerve transmission requires one-half of all the brain energy.”
Thanks to Dr Corinne, we now know that by supplying our bodies with sufficient energy gained through a consistent intake of water, we can improve the way our brain communicates and boost our short-term memory. No longer will you wonder if you remembered to lock the front door!
Water: Your New Best Friend
Here’s a question: Why does the sound of rain help us to sleep?
“Studies have found that when rain sounds enters people’s brain, brain unconsciously relaxes and produces alpha waves, which are very close to the state of brain when human sleeps.”
Not only can drinking water help us, but just being around it also has its own benefits!
Over at MindWise, they decided to put this into perspective for us.
“We get some many unexpected feelings from waterscapes. By looking out over the ocean or lakes, observing the beauty of a ‘winding river’ or being blessed enough to see a grand ‘waterfall’, we can ‘experience awe and the vastness of nature’, which can lead to us feeling more connected to the world. Keeping ourselves surrounded by water can ‘reduce stress and clear your mind.”
Some people, such as Dr Wallace J. Nichols, have dedicated their work to this cause, naming it ‘Blue Mind’. His book with the same title provides great insight into the small details we’ve discussed here.
Although we can’t provide you with a trip to a sunny beach, or relax with you beneath a waterfall, we can help you begin to introduce high-quality clean water into your daily life. Be sure to check out our filtration services for all your drinking needs, or take a look at our water softeners, to keep your home fresh and free of impurities.
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