What is the simplest thing you can do to promote your mental health?

What is the simplest thing you can do to promote your mental health?



"Water is the world's first and foremost medicine"



Drink water.  Your brain is about 75-80% water.   Brain cells require a precise balance of water and a variety of nutrients to operate properly.  Water increases blood flow and delivers oxygen and nutrients to our brain. It is also needed in order to remove toxins from your brain, and cushions and lubricates brain tissues.  This delicate balance is disrupted when you are dehydrated.

When your brain is functioning on a full reserve of water you can think faster, are more focused, have increased clarity and creativity, memory is improved and moods are more balanced.  

Even mild dehydration can lead to reduced concentration and cognitive performance.  Mental symptoms of dehydration include brain fog, afternoon fatigue, difficulty focusing, depression, anger, exhaustion, headaches, sleeplessness, lack of mental clarity and acuity, poor problem solving and poor coordination.  These symptoms can appear within 2 hours of dehydration.


1. The longest period most of us go without drinking is while we sleep.  The effect of a night’s sleep is to dry out. Have a glass of water soon after awakening

2. Sometimes thirst is confused with hunger.  Try drinking a glass of water when you feel hungry, before eating.


3. Drink 1.5 to 2 L of water per day to remain hydrated.  Herbal teas and fluid from fruits and veggies count toward this amount.


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