Water plays such an important role in how our body functions. All of our organs, including our brain, need water to work properly. If we’re dehydrated, our body is strained and we can become stressed and edgy. Dehydration can actually cause symptoms that feel like anxiety, such as dizziness, muscle fatigue, headache, feeling faint, increased heart rate, and nausea. Dehydration has also been linked to higher cortisol levels. According to the Calm Clinic, water appears to have natural calming properties. Drinking water can be soothing, and our body can benefit from the added hydration when we are stressed.
How water reduces stress
It may surprise people that anxiety and dehydration are connected. But when the brain does not get enough water, the consequences can range from mild headaches and fatigue to severe dehydration and seizures. The more and more water your brain loses, the less energy you have and the more tired you get.
In addition, lack of water in the brain also changes how you respond to STRESS. How does that work? Well, we have this hormone in our bodies called cortisol, which is well known as a stress hormone. Even a little bit of dehydration can cause cortisol levels in the body to increase and lead to STRESS. Stressful isn’t it? Just make sure you drink enough water so your brain can balance its chemicals and you can be less stressed!
Health Benefits of Drinking Enough Water
The human body comprises around 60% water. It’s commonly recommended that you drink eight 8-ounce (237-mL) glasses of water per day (the 8×8 rule). Here are some benefits of drinking water:
- Helps maximize physical performance
- Significantly affects energy levels and brain function
- May help prevent and treat headaches
- May help relieve constipation
- May help treat kidney stones
- Helps prevent hangovers
- Can aid weight loss
Make sure that you get enough water each day, whether your personal goal is 64 ounces (1.9 liters) or a different amount. It’s one of the best things you can do for your overall health.
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