Thirsty Brain

Thirsty Brain


Normal human brain tissue contains 68-80% water(1). Brain cells require a delicate balance between water and various elements to operate and when you lose too much water, that balance is disrupted. Your brain cells lose efficiency(2 – funny and relevant study).

Water keeps the brain from overheating, which can cause cognitive decline and even damage(3). This is why the children who spend half of the time (~ 8h) they are awake performing intellectually stimulating activities at school/kindergarten should be drinking half of their daily water intake right there, throughout the day.
drinking.

I noticed that kids also tend to go long periods of time without drinking water – busy child life . And when they are thirsty they often choose sweetened drinks. So … their water is our responsibility (they don’t use reminders).

P.S. I appreciate the water breaks the children are encouraged to take (along with their teachers) at the kindergarten that my daughter attends.

With Love and care, Dumi

References:
(1) Reiner Salzer and Heinz W. Siesler (2009) Infrared and Raman Spectroscopic Imaging P 131
(2) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1279840/Water-brain-Grey-matter-literally-shrinks-hydration.html
(3) http://www.healthybrainforlife.com/articles/school-health-and-nutrition/feeding-the-brain-for-academic-success-how