Research by :Svetlana Chernienko

How people are affected by depression and anxiety differs greatly and is in my opinion as unique as the person being affected. I don’t believe there is a ‘simple’ cure for it but I do believe that you can do a lot of simple-enough things that can support you through your depression and or anxiety and help you feel a little more in control. You’ve probably been inundated with advertisements and various information about water helping your skin look better, stopping you ‘from not being you’ when you are dehydrated, but did you know that it has been scientifically proven to help your depression and anxiety? When your brain is dehydrated is affects the ability of neurotransmitters to do their job properly and can cause depression and or anxiety or just makes it worse. It’s cheap and simple to test for yourself so here are a few ways to try and increase your water intake to see if we can’t make life a little easier for you.

FUN FACT 1: Beverages with caffeine can increase anxiety. Replacing soda, tea, and coffee with water is a good place to start. ... The key to rebalancing this deficit of fluids is to drink eight glasses of fresh water a day. Water alone may not cure GAD and other related disorders, but it can sure calm those nerves!

FUN FACT 2: Studies link depression to dehydration because 85% of brain tissue is water. Dehydration causes energy generation in the brain to decrease. So, lack of water can be the culprit in any of these disorders really. However, like in many other medical areas, contaminated water can also cause health problems. Water is a great quencher of thirst but more importantly here –a great quencher of anxiety. Nearly every function of the body is monitored and pegged to the efficient flow of water through our system. Water transports hormones, chemical messengers, and nutrients to vital organs of the body. When we don’t keep our bodies well hydrated, they may react with a variety of signals… some of which are symptoms, of anxiety. Here is some interesting information about water:

(1) 75% of Canadians are chronically dehydrated.

(2) In 37% of Canadians, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.

(3) Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.

(4) One glass of water shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost all of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.

(5) Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue. At the end of the day … water alongside a proper and healthy lifestyle is key to helping someone like myself function mentally … I’ve chosen like many people that suffer from mental illness to do things in a holistic way … I’m not saying that one shouldn’t take medication, because certain mental disorders call for medication however with a holistic doctor and vitamins can stabilize Anxiety and depression …

WATER helps every time! IS THERE AN EASIER STEP TO TAKE TOWARD MENTAL HEALTH? Dehydration very quickly affects how we feel and think. If you, like me, struggle with a mood disorder or have other struggles with how your brain functions and processes, why make it harder for yourself? Drinking water regularly throughout the day is an easy, effective step to take in our efforts to be as mentally healthy as possible. Start with a glass of water first thing in the morning. Drink two or three glasses between meals.

I carry a water bottle with me just about everywhere I go. It’s remembering to drink from it that can be a problem. Even though headaches and a change in mood happen very quickly to me when I’m getting dehydrated,

I don’t always pay attention. Even at low levels, dehydration affects the way we think. I don’t know about you, but I can have enough trouble with that fully hydrated. As I was told several years ago, taking antidepressants or mood stabilizers isn’t about feeling happy, it’s about thinking clearly. Drinking enough water keeps our brain from having to struggle against the effects of dehydration, allowing us to think more clearly than if we let ourselves get dehydrated. Staying hydrated by drinking enough water is one aspect of good physical, emotional, and mental health. We’re not one-dimensional and our approach to mental health shouldn’t be either.

From Russia with Love ,

Svetlana xoxo

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