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    How water keeps the mind healthy

    Many people are surprised to learn that our brains are actually 85% water. Once you've absorbed this fascinating statistic, the importance of regular water intake for our health and wellbeing quickly becomes evident. Water is already known to keep the body healthy, detoxify skin, aid liver function and help to regulate body heat and internal chemical balance. But it also aids a healthy mind. The easiest way in which to visualise this impact, is to imagine the effects of dehydration. As anyone who has had a heavy night out on the town, or a morning drinking espresso will know, the effects of dehydration are wide ranging. These include reduced concentration and focus, irritability, headaches and a generally feeling of being 'under par'. In fact, for those of us who enjoy the odd alcoholic beverage, that horrible 'next morning' headache is largely down to the effects on your brain as its tissues dehydrate. Next time, consider drinking a pint of water before bed and switch to drinks with mixers! Regular water intake helps to keep us sharp, focused and energised. Fresh clean water keeps the eyes sparkling and lubricated, the internal organs flushed and is involved in almost every micro-function that your body performs. Aim to drink around eight glasses of water at regular periods throughout the day. Try filling up a 1.5 litre bottle from a water cooler, pop in a slice of lemon and take regular sips. If you enjoy warm drinks, avoid caffeine and make the most of office hot water dispensers. You can make healthy herbal teas such as chamomile, green tea, dandelion and fennel, all of which offer additional natural benefits. Over time, you'll be amazed at how healthy you feel as a result of extra water intake. You may find that you're eating less because dehydration is often mistaken for hunger. Dropping a surprise pound or two could well be an unforeseen benefit from your new healthy water regime.

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