Drink More Water, and Live a Better, Happier Life! Some people experience times when they feel sad, frustrated, and helpless. They have no more enthusiasm and confidence toward anything, dominated by pessimistic attitude, buried in too much fear of failure and rejection, and in the worst situation, ended by uncontrollable crying for simple reasons they can’t even explain.
If you are one of these people, you may be considered as having depression symptoms in a certain degree, because there are actually many different types of depression, which can range from mild to more severe clinical depression. Yes, you may need to meet the psychologist, or no, you have a better, simpler choice: drink more water!
Many publications told us the importance of water for our body. Lack of water in the body, called dehydration, can cause many health implications. The symptoms of dehydration are not limited to physical discomforts, but also cognitive and psychological impairments. A recent study found, the tendency of depression associated with lack of water. Researchers from Tufts University experimented with restricting the water intake on a group of respondents, while the other group was given water as the recommended intake. This research resulted on the rapid mood swings, depression, and fatigue tended, in the first group. They also showed signs of excessive anger and more often nervous and confused. Researchers suspect it is due to decreased ability to think.
The body is about 70% water, and the brain is about 85% water. This statement makes the research result merely logical, that not drinking enough water will bring to significant impact not only on the body, but also on the mind and emotion.
The logical reason elaborated from this is that dehydration can also decrease the level of energy generation in the brain. Experts said that symptoms associated with social stresses like fear, anxiety, insecurity, and the establishment of depression, are the results of water deficiency to the point that the water requirement of brain tissue is affected.
Dehydration cause decreasing level of energy generation in the brain. Many functions of the brain that depend on this type of energy become inefficient. Depression is the recognized form of this inadequacy of functions.
The other factor that can contribute to depression is stress, while dehydration is the number one cause of this. It is well known that stress produces many of the signs and symptoms of depression. What many people don’t understand is that drinking plenty of water when enduring any type of stress is the best way to minimize its negative physiological and psychological effects.
It is also well known that human beings need about 8 glasses or 1.5 liters of water a day for good. In fact, the water requirement for each person is vary, depends on many factors, including weight, gender, stress levels, health condition, how much and how often you exercise, and how hard your daily activity. There are several methods for determining if you are drinking enough water daily. One of them is by considering our weight. You need to drink your body weight in ounces of water daily. For instance, if you weigh 90 kilograms, you would want to drink about 90 ounces of water (roughly 3 quarts or 3 liters) to start to re-hydrate your body.
In addition it is also important not to assume that drinking other fluids like juices, coffee, tea, soda or alcohol are substitutes for drinking water. The fact is that all of those liquids will actually contribute to the condition of dehydration in the body.
Of course, we can’t conclude that drinking water will necessarily deal with all types of depression. But in summary, the connection between depression and dehydration is well established. Start to re-hydrate your body by drinking enough water daily now, and a better life with lots of fun waits.