If you constantly say “Ah, I really don’t have time to grab a bite” or “I’ll drink water later to catch up”, it’s time to reconsider. The quantity and quality of our diet, including everything we drink, affects not only our energy level, but also the performance of our brain!
The 1/10 rule
Science has repeatedly shown that if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated … in short, it’s too late! Eating and drinking involve responding to our bodily signals, but there’s a habit to take upstream. It’s about being proactive as well. The 1/10 rule is as follows: if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated by 1% to 2% resulting in a loss of body performance of at least 10%!
Our brain is particularly sensitive to any change, since it constantly tries to stay in balance. This is called homeostasis. So as soon as it lacks calories, vitamins, minerals or water, it must adjust. But it’s not without consequence …
Loss of performance
- decreased attention
- decreased psychomotor ability
- decreased memory
- difficulty in recognizing the current needs of the body
So I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely a high achiever and like to be performant in many spheres of my life. Water and good food are always (or almost!) well planned in my agenda!
What are your tips for drinking and eating enough during the day? I’d be happy to read you!
Source : J Am Coll Nutr. 2012 Apr;31(2):71-8.