Does Dehydration Cause Brain Fog

Does Dehydration Cause Brain Fog

Do you ever find yourself struggling to pay attention to your Thursday morning Zoom call? Or calling your son by your daughter’s name?

These are just a couple of the mental hiccups that can be tossed in the basket called brain fog.

Don’t let the technical terminology fool you—brain fog is not a medical condition.  It’s a symptom of other medical conditions.  Often self-diagnosed, it shows up as one or more of these experiences:

  • Mental fatigue
  • Forgetfulness
  • Distraction
  • Poor memory 
  • Weak concentration
  • Disorientation
  • Irritability

How Did I Get Here?

Since it’s a group of symptoms that can show up with a variety of conditions, it’s no surprise that several things can lead to brain fog. Inflammation, fatigue, and blood sugar imbalance are biggies.

What Does Dehydration Have to Do with It?

Our bodies are always adjusting the balance between water, electrolytes, salt losses, and fluid intake. Not drinking enough water tosses a giant monkey wrench into the whole process.

Over time, it can lead to high cholesterol, low blood pressure, and dry skin, just to name a few unwanted conditions.

Here’s the key thing: your brain is mostly water, as in 75%.  It operates best when it’s properly hydrated. Moving toxins out and nutrients in happens best in a well-hydrated brain.  It’s a state of balance in an important part of your body. 

Not to sound like the boogie man, but dehydration literally shrinks your brain. This affects your memory, concentration, and how your brain works overall, and not in a good way.

And the Answer Is…

Just drink water.  But maybe not the way your panicked mind is thinking right now. 

According to the experts, sipping quality water is the way to go, not chugging.

Hey, But I’m Thirsty.

Exactly. Your body is short on water. It needs to be distributed to its different parts evenly, in balance with your electrolytes and sodium levels. Gulping down huge amounts of water all at once could throw your system out of whack. So even though your body needs that water, it will flush it out (send you running to the restroom) rather than put your whole body in a dangerous state.  What makes it worse is that every time you pee, you lose salts with that excess water in your bloodstream.  Yikes! More work for your kidneys to do. More struggles for your brain. No bueno.

Relax. This is an easy fix, folks. Drink water slowly. Even when you’re thirsty.

Extra Credit.

Start your morning with 8-10 ounces of H2O on an empty stomach—no toothpaste, please—and then wait 30-45 minutes before eating anything. This is a great way to stack your deck for a healthy day.  And making it a habit will give your body a helping hand doing its amazing balancing act throughout your life. You’re welcome.

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