Did you know that your brain functions better right after you drink water? If you need to give an important presentation, take a test, conduct a meeting soon or more, you might want to keep water nearby. My guess is that the finding could apply to all mammals, and not just humans. The benefit might even be more evident in other species. I’ve noticed that cats and dogs, for example, seem to exhibit a mini energy boost right after gulping down water.
Caroline Edmonds and Ben Jeffes of the University of East London examined whether drinking water improves performance in 6 to 7 year old children. The differences between the water and no water groups were significant, according to a paper that’s been accepted for publication in the journal Appetite.
They found that “even
under conditions of mild dehydration, not as a result of exercise,
intentional water deprivation or heat exposure” their test subjects’ “cognitive
performance can be improved by having a drink of water.”
The below fellow clearly doesn’t have a dehydration problem. He holds the world record for water drinking. Watch him down nearly a quart and a half of water in just 4 seconds.
Since this post touches on human health, I might as well also share with you the below tips from Harvard Health Publications’ Neck and Shoulder Pain Special Health Report. It gives important tips on how to protect your neck with exercises and good ergonomic posture at your desk.
“For example, you can take control of your body posture by setting up your chair, desk, and computer to encourage healthy neck and back positioning.
More information is at this Harvard site.