Water on the Brain

At a recent conference the speaker before we was a neuro-anatomist talking about the effects of hydration on mental performance. Our brain is made up of a series of neural connections. These neurons have a small space in between them called a synapse that is full of water. When a signal runs along a neuron it gets to the synapse and releases a chemical called a neuro-transmitter which carries the signal across the water to the next neuron.

New research has shown that by the time you become thirsty the water in your synapse is so dehydrated that the signal has trouble getting through. The result is that your brain can't function as well and your ability to learn, react, store information and retrieve information is significantly reduced. For a happy brain that gives you high performance, creativity, and productivity ensure you are properly hydrated. Aim for 2 litres a day.