Having trouble concentrating? Are the creative juices starting to run dry? The solution may be easier than you think. Maybe you need to drink more water!
Mild Dehydration & Mental Performance
It is well known that dehydration can adversely affect athletic performance. However recent research has revealed that even mild dehydration can have an adverse effect on brain power as well. According to Dr. Melina Jampolis, CNNHealth's Diet and Fitness Expert, "Mild dehydration can affect learning as well as mental and physical performance."
Mild dehydration can have a pronounced effect on the mental performance of children in school. "More than half of all children and adolescents in the United States are under-hydrated — probably because they’re not drinking enough water — and that could have significant repercussions for their physical health and cognitive and emotional functioning, according to the first national study of its kind from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Asiaweek magazine reports that teachers and parents of some Hong Kong schoolchildren were recently advised that drinking plenty of water helps students combat listlessness. Students drinking a glass of water before each lesson or having water bottles in class also have improved behavior. Children should drink 8 to 15 glasses of water a day, parents were told. Citing the book The Learning Brain, the report points to studies indicating that dehydration can lead to poor learning. Drinking pure, clean water is better than drinking soft drinks, coffee, tea, or even juices, which may actually stimulate the body to expel fluids, states Asiaweek.
What is good for the child's brain is good for the adult brain as well! I have found this to be true in my occupation as a web designer. Often, if I find myself feeling listless or stumped for new creative ideas, I take a break and have a glass of water! Once I drink enough water, my energy and concentration returns, and I'm ready to tackle fresh creative challenges. So if you find yourself running a bit low on creativity, have a drink of water!