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Drinking A Glass Of Water Can Make Your Brain 14% Faster

20.08.2013

Drinking could be freeing up parts of the brain 'telling' the body it is thirsty, researchers say. The effect is particularly marked if the person is thirsty.

Research from University of East London shows that once thirst is relieved, the brain can then focus on the task in hand.

They carried out an experiment on 34 men and women who completed a number of mental tests twice – once after a breakfast of just a cereal bar and again after a cereal bar washed down with a bottle of water.

None had eaten or drunk anything overnight and all were asked how thirsty they were at the start of the experiment.

Those who said they weren’t thirsty were equally quick at the test of reaction time with or without the water.

But those who were thirsty sped up after having a drink, making them up to 14 per cent quicker than before, the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience reports.

It appears that attention is taken up on being thirsty, this is where the brain is focussed. Therefore drinking plenty of water enables the brain to free itself up to concentrate on other things.

 

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