Your brain is 90% water, so it is not surprising that keeping well hydrated is good for your mind. It is also great for time management by helping you think better, be more alert and concentrate. But it is not as simple as just chugging 8 glasses a day.
How much water should we be drinking?
A simple guide to how much water you should drink a day is to take your weight in pounds, divide by 2 and that is the number of ounces of water you should drink a day.
If you work in kilos, divide the kilos by 2 and that is the number of litres per day.
When is the best time to drink?
It is best to spread the water evenly throughout the day. Have a glass every hour. If you are exercising have a glass before starting.
Sometimes environmental conditions will alter how much you need to drink. Watch out for signs of dehydration like fatigue, headaches and difficulty concentrating. If you are thirsty you are already dehydrated.
Cut the caffeine and chug some water!
In the morning drink a nice big glass of water. One reason we are tired in the mornings is because we are dehydrated after a long nights sleep. Drinking water will perk you up longer than your morning coffee which only adds to the dehydration.
There are other benefits too.
As well has helping with focus and helping cut out procrastination drinking water has other benefits.
We often confuse hunger with thirst, so drinking water when we feel hungry can reduce unnecessary calories and help control weight. Drinking while eating also helps the digestion of food.
A word of warning though
Apparently it can be dangerous to drink large volumes of water all at once – a woman died in a water drinking competition called “Hold your Wee for a Wii” when she drank 2 gallons in a short time without peeing.
Don’t know about you but I think my bladder would have given out before then anyway.
And talking of bladders – don’t worry if you are trying to up your water intake and find you need to pee all the time – it does settle down and you get a positive net time benefit!!