We all have those days when concentrating on the simplest of tasks seems to require herculean efforts. If you seem to be dragging yourself through a hectic day of work and your brain just isn’t able to retain its focus as sharply as it normally does, chances are, your body is dehydrated and water can help you regain your sharpness.
This piece of advice has emerged as a ground-breaking conclusion to a recent case study that took into account the data provided by 33 different researches about mental acuity and dehydration. Experts have backed up their claims with a powerful and diverse amount of evidence to support the fact that there is a direct association between dehydration and lack of concentration.
It is a widely accepted fact that severe dehydration can harm the body in all kinds of disturbing ways, and this includes both, physical and mental manifestations of harm. However, the most important fact put forward by this new body of research is that even the slightest of dehydration can lead to severe cognition and concentration challenges.
These challenges tend to intensify during the scorching hot months of summer, when the sun is blazing heat on us earthlings and depriving our skin and body of all its moisture and hydration. In such terrible weather, we tend to become mildly dehydrated every single time we leave the house.
Experts believe that dehydration of nearly 2% can occur in just 30 minutes if you are engaged in a gruelling workout, mild exercise, or some sort of physical exertion under the scorching hot summer sun. And that is all it takes to create cognitive challenges and reduce the sharpness of your mental capabilities.
This new case study extracts its information and statistics from 33 other researches to paint an extremely detailed and highly comprehensive narrative to explain how dehydration tends to adversely affect the human brain. This study has presented medical science with ground-breaking results.
During the study, one test was conducted as a card game, and participants who were mildly dehydrated ended up making 12% more mistakes than the fully hydrated control group. Moreover, these mildly hydrated participants ended up performing much better after they properly hydrated and their levels came back to normal.
Regardless of what industry or profession you work in, having a 12% chance of making mistakes and errors simply because your mind can’t seem to focus and concentrate can be a very compromising complication. If you ever feel that your brain is not utilizing its optimum capabilities, get up and pour yourself a tall glass of water. Even though experts haven’t really recommended the exact amount of water to regain cognitive potential, it is safe to drink as much as you need to feel fully hydrated.
Experts are still debating over the exact amount of water required to regain cognitive acuity and focus, and many believe that this tends to vary from individual to individual. The colour of the person’s urine is a strong determinant of how much water is required to promote hydration.
Usually, research reports that the lighter the colour of your urine, the more hydrated you are. Now, you don’t need to aim to turn your urine colour into a crystal clear pee, and as long as there is a hint of yellow in the pot, it indicates that your body is sufficiently hydrated.