Water and Mental Health
Recent studies by the University of Connecticut’s Human Performance Laboratory showed that even mild dehydration causes mental, mood and cognitive deficiency.
Pure water is the only drink which God provided in nature to quench our thirst. Water makes up at least two-thirds of our bodies, so proper hydration is essential to the cells in our body to function well. In addition to mental problems, fatigue and headaches often result from drinking too little water.
- Drink six to eight glasses of water every day.
- Drink pure, natural water.
- Get a water bottle and measure out 2 liters (68 oz) so you can keep better track of your water intake.
- Don’t drink with your meals. Drink one hour after eating or 15 minutes before a meal.
- Don’t drink very cold or very hot water. Extremes are not a good idea. However cool water does burn calories since the body uses energy to warm it up.
- Drinking water fast flushes the system, while sipping water throughout the day hydrates. We need a flush first thing in the morning, but hydration during the rest of the day. Take 2 or 3 crystals of Celtic Salt with each glass of water to ensure maximum hydration.
In addition to taking water internally, hydrotherapy is a simple remedy that gives substantial benefit. Hippocrates famously said that water therapy “allays lassitude” (mental or physical weakness). Applying water of different temperatures to the skin changes our mood and physiology. Cold water causes blood vessels to vasoconstrict (tighten up), bringing blood to the core of the body, including the brain. This brings nutrition and oxygen to the vital organs and gently detoxifies. Warm water causes vessels to vasodilate (relax) which brings blood to the surface. The opposite movement of blood away from the core leads to the core being cleaned out.
Daily showers that start at a comfortable temperature and end with 2 to 3 minutes at the coldest setting are helpful, since the feel-good neurotransmitter norepinephrine is released.