Water - the other caffeine

  • 2 Minutes Read
  • Apr 12, 2016

Do you ever feel less alert and have a decreased ability to concentrate in the afternoon? When this happens, most people head toward the coffee machine; however, it could be that you are slightly dehydrated and just need a big glass of water. Water could be the other caffeine for you. Try these three ways to increase your water intake and see what happens to your alertness, mood, and concentration.

Water - the other caffeine

Do you ever feel less alert and have a decreased ability to concentrate in the afternoon? When this happens, most people head toward the coffee machine; however, it could be that you are slightly dehydrated and just need a big glass of water. Water could be the other caffeine for you.

Our bodies consist of 70% water (give or take). Though it is often recommended that we drink eight, 8 ounce glasses of water each day (8x8 rule), there is not a lot of consistent research to support this. However, what we do know is that staying hydrated is important for many reasons, particularly for the brain.

Even slight dehydration can cause a decreased performance in

  1. Arithmetic ability
  2. Short term memory
  3. Mood
  4. Concentration
  5. Alertness

Consequently, if a 150-pound person, who was mildly dehydrated (1% of his/her body weight), drank 3 cups of water, he/she could easily improve mood and alertness in a calorie-free way.

What does this mean to you?

Drink a big glass of water before...

  1. Taking your math test
  2. Writing a performance evaluation
  3. Meeting your boss for your annual review
  4. Writing a business report or an English essay
  5. Making a big decision or driving a car

I have not been a water drinker; however, lately I have noticed what an energy boost drinking more water has been for me. Thus, try these three ways to improve your fluid intake. Don't feel like you have to drink 8 glass of water a day to start with - just ease into it slowly.

1. Snack on juicy fruits and vegetables.

By increasing your consumption of fruits and vegetables that contain a lot of water, not only will you be hydrated, you will also feel fuller on fewer calories.

Foods that have a high percentage of water are:

2. Drink water as part of your routine - same time and same place

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

3. Enhance your water

Not drinking enough water can make a person feel tired and less energized. Try snacking on juicy fruits and vegetables, drinking water as part of your routine in the same place and at the same time and enhancing your water with fresh lime slices, and see what happens to your alertness, mood and concentration. Water truly is the other caffeine!

Alcohol & Other Beverages->Water Other Health Issues->Energy & Fatigue
Martha M. Henze
Martha M. Henze, MPH, MS, RDN - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Global Public Health Epidemiologist

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