Warning: Dehydration is Hazardous to Your ADHD Health

About a year ago Marcia and I interviewed Stephanie Calahan of Calahan Solutions. Stephanie is a productivity and organization expert. I was already impressed with Stephanie’s style and knowledge, however when she mentioned the importance of drinking water for productivity, I thought, wow, she really knows her stuff! :)

As a former nurse, I find it really hard not to link everything back to our bodies. We can’t expect miracles from our body if we don’t give it everything it needs to function at its best.

When you are an entrepreneur with ADHD, it’s extra important to take care of your health. When you do, your body and brain function at their best and this directly relates your productivity and your income. The brain is 85% water, and an adult loses 10 cups of fluid each day, even without exercising. In order, to keep it working at its optimal function, we need to drink lots of water.

When you are dehydrated:

  • concentration becomes shorter,
  • memory worsens (which can already be a problem if you have ADHD),
  • and we become moody, depressed, and fatigued.

The brain also needs oxygen, and the more hydrated the body is, the more oxygen is available.

On an average day, aim for ten 8-oz. glasses of water. However, you will need more on hot days, when you exercise, and if you consume drinks like coffee and alcohol. On these days, you will need more water to counter-balance these dehydrating factors.

How to drink more water every day:

1.) Note how much water you drink in one day at the moment.

2.) Think creatively how to increase that. For example:
Carry a bottle of water with you whenever you go out.
Keep a bottle of water in your car to drink en route to and from work
Have a jug of water in the fridge with lime or lemon slices (makes it extra tasty)
Get a pretty glass you love drinking water from

3.) Make water-drinking goals, ex. 4 glasses before lunch

4.) Consider purchasing a home water filter system

5.) Notice how alive and able better able to focus you are when you’re fully hydrated.

Have a productive and hydrated week!

Jacqui

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