Looking for easy ways to boost your memory? Drink more fluid!

By: Dr. Olinca Trejo, ND

We’ve all heard of the amazing benefits of water, but did you know that it can also improve your short term memory? 

In a new study published on the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, one hundred and one volunteers, were subjected to a temperature of 30C for 4 hours. Half were given 300mL of water to drink, and half did not receive any fluids. Both groups were asked to perform a series of tasks while researchers measured episodic memory, focused attention, mood, and the perceived difficulty of the tasks on three separate occasions. In the short term, the group without water were found to have poorer memory and focus. After 90 minutes, an increase in thirst was associated with a decline in energy, focus and memory, as well as increased anxiety and depression (which were all reduced by drinking water). At 180 minutes, subjects who consumed water during the study found the tasks to be much easier compared to the group without water.

To our knowledge, this is the first study to show that drinking enough fluids can impact memory, attention, energy and mood. To ensure you are getting enough fluid (excluding alcohol), researchers recommend 12-13 cups of fluid for men, and 9 cups for women.  So, drink up!

For more tips on living well, and improved memory make an appointment with one of our Naturopathic Doctors Today. 


Source: Benton*, D., Jenkins, K. T., & Watkins, A. H. (n.d.). David Benton. Retrieved October 31, 2016, from http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2016/08/10/ajcn.116.132605.abstract


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