There was an interesting discussion over on Twitter recently about ADD/ADHD and drinking water. This Tweet: Drink water and see if you feel more focused by Laura Rolands sparked up some interesting discussion. Becca Colao brought up the point that sometimes water can be over done. I have to say I agree with Laura Rolands on this one. People with ADD/ADHD do often tend to forget to drink water. This can lead to decreased focus because of dehydration. Often times people with ADD/ADHD don’t even realize their bodies are calling out for water. Often they will realize their body needs something though. They may reach for something like food or coffee instead of water! Water makes up 75% of your brain! It is estimated are that 75% of us are chronically dehydrated. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to get a drink. By that time, you’re already mildly dehydrated. Here are some other warning signs
• Dry mouth, throat, and/or lips
• Heat intolerance
• Light headedness or dizziness
Here are some easy ways to keep dehydration from affecting your focus
• Keep a large container of water, or a cooler, near your work area to increase the convenience factor
• Bring a water bottle with you every time you get in the car. Finish it by the time you get to your destination.
• Set a daily goal, and use a checklist to track the amount of water you consume.
• Watch your caffeine intake, since caffeine actually dehydrates your body
• Make getting a drink part of your break routine
Drinking water won’t cure ADHD, but staying well hydrated gives you one more way to manage it and gives your brain what it needs