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Can water boost brain performance?

The FoodFacts.com community is comprised of nutritionally savvy, food-aware individuals who pride themselves on remaining educated about the foods and beverages they consume. So we know that everyone is aware that the human body is more than 60% water. Blood is about 92% water, the brain and muscles are 75% water and our bones are about 22% water. While a human being can survive for about a month without food, it can only go for about a week or so without water. That’s one really important liquid for humans.

And we know many of the benefits of drinking water (beyond survival). Water can help keep our skin clear, help us to lose and maintain our weight, keeps our bodily fluids balanced so we don’t dehydrate … the list goes on and on. Today we found a new reason to drink more water. New research has revealed that drinking water when we experience thirst may boost our cognitive abilities.

Researchers from the University of East London and the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom analyzed the potential effects of water on cognitive performance and mood among 34 participants. The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, involved participants taking part in a “water” and a “no water” experiment one week apart.

The “water” experiment required the people to complete a number of mental tests after eating a cereal bar and drinking some water. The “no water” test meant the participants consumed just the cereal bar alone. The amount of water drunk by the participants in the “water” test depended on their level of thirst. The study found that reaction times were faster after people drank water, especially if they were thirsty before drinking.

In both experiments, the participants were asked to fast overnight, consuming no food or drink after 9pm before the day of testing. The participants were assessed via three measurements – a thirst scale, a mood scale and with a computer-administered variety of tasks called the Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB).
The researchers analyzed particular areas of the participants’ brain, including reaction time, verbal recognition memory, visual memory and learning.

The participants who drank around three cups of water (775 milliliters) just before completing the tests had a 14% increased reaction time compared with those who did not drink any water. More specifically, water consumption appeared to have a corrective effect on the response times for thirsty individuals, bringing their speed of responding up to the level of non-thirsty individuals

Researchers noted that the study shows that water can be helpful for cognitive performance … and that sometimes it can be helpful to be thirsty. They also acknowledge that further study is needed to determine the reasons for the effects observed.

FoodFacts.com thinks this is a fascinating new reason to make sure we drink adequate amounts of water daily. We also think that the best reason to drink water is the simplest of all. Nothing can quench thirst like water. That’s probably because it’s so important for keeping our bodies functioning. Good hydration habits are key to our overall health and well-being.


Sucralose in our drinking water???


Foodfacts.com works to find all the latest news and research pertaining to the food we eat, and water we drink. We just recently came across this article which we think many of you would be interested in, regarding a recent study determining that sucralose has been found in 19 different water treatment plants in the US. Read below to learn more!

If you’ve been diligently avoiding the consumption of chemical sweeteners like sucralose, you may be alarmed to learn that researchers have found sucralose lurking in the drinking water supply of more than 28 million Americans.

A recent study tested water samples from 19 water treatment plants in the United States serving more than 28 million people. Researchers analyzed the samples for the artificial sweetener sucralose. Samples tested positive for sucralose in the source water of 15 out of 19 plants. Furthermore, treatment failed to remove the sucralose from the drinking water: sucralose was also found in the finished drinking water from 13 out of 19 plants.

Researchers determined that current water treatment methods fail to effectively remove sucralose from our water supply, leaving millions of Americans to unknowingly consume this artificial sweetener every single day.

Why is Sucralose in Our Drinking Water?

When a person ingests sucralose, a large percentage of it is not broken down and is instead excreted as waste. This waste goes through the water treatment plant, where the sucralose remains intact and goes on to become part of our drinking water supply.

Because sucralose has become one of the most widely used artificial sweeteners in commercial soft drinks and snack foods, it is no wonder that it is making an appearance in our drinking water. If sucralose consumption continues to rise, it stands to reason that everyone drinking public water will be ingesting more of this chemical sweetener as well – whether they want to or not.

Sucralose is Not Safe for Consumption

The public should be aware that the majority of the studies on the safety of sucralose are funded by the creators of the most popular sucralose product on the market. The conflict of interest is obvious and the results of these studies are clearly biased in favor of sucralose.

Independent studies aren’t nearly so positive. Questions about the negative impact sucralose has on male fertility, red blood cell count, kidney health, gut flora balance and body weight are serious concerns generated from the results of these studies. Many researchers and health experts are convinced that sucralose should never have been deemed safe for human consumption.

Common sense dictates that any chemically-processed food is unfit for human consumption. The fact that these substances are now running rampant through our water supply is an atrocity that violates our right to choose what we put into our own bodies.