Commentary: Staying Hydrated Improves Focus of College Students

More than 60% of the human body is made up of water. It is important for people to constantly replenish their bodies with water, and that especially applies to busy college students.

Drinking more water is something we all aspire to do, but it also is a decision we find difficult to make when we have other options. For example, the Student Union offers so many choices during lunch, such as lemonade, soda, juices, etc. How many of us choose water?

It is important to keep in mind that water provides a multitude of benefits, especially for college students. Water sustains a healthy heart, muscles and skin. It helps cleanse the body of toxins and can keep the body cool during warmer weather or exercise.

One of the most important reasons for college students to stay hydrated is that water has been proven to have effects on exam grades.

If you are feeling sluggish or unable to focus, instead of reaching for an energy drink, ice coffee or Mountain Dew, consider drinking a bottle of water.

“The days I drink more water, I always feel more focused and have more energy,” said Jordan Bonnett, a junior at WVSU.

According to Healthline, health officials recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily.

“Sometimes it is hard to fit that much water into my daily routine,” Bonnett said.

It may seem impossible to fit that much water into your daily life, but it is possible if you make it a priority.

Consider it a science project that yields personal results and benefits. When you wake up in the morning, it is not unusual for your body to already be dehydrated after a night of rest. It is important to replenish your body as soon as you wake up. Water consumption first thing in the morning can provide you with as much energy as a cup of coffee.

Water improves focus and can prevent unneeded snacking. Water is also great for skin problems, such as acne.

Sometimes athletes carry a gallon jug of water around campus. Proper water consumption is not just for athletes, but your exercise habits do affect the amount of water you should drink.

Prepare for your daily eight glasses by always having a bottle of water with you. Studies show that people who carry water with them will be more likely to drink it.

People also can absorb daily water through water-dense foods, such as fruits and vegetables. That is not a replacement for water, but it can increase the amount of water you consume.

Hydration is an underrated part of living a healthy lifestyle, especially for college students. To improve energy and focus, it is vital to consume the daily recommended amount of water.

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