Dehydration and ADHD Symptoms

Shutterstock 417028033Hydration research by the National Institute of Health says: “Water, or its lack, can influence cognition. Mild dehydration impacts important aspects of cognitive function such as concentration, alertness, and short-term memory.”

In the past, health professionals have told us that we need eight 8-oz glasses of water per day. Ongoing research has stated that this is not based on concrete evidence, and there are too many variables that can affect your personal hydration. These variables range from body size, environment, amount of exercise, age, and diet. It’s better to go by two rules, drinking water when you are thirsty and monitoring the color of your urine. Well-hydrated urine should look pale yellow or colorless.

If you have ADHD, it may be even more important to ensure you are staying properly hydrated throughout the day to better support your attention and memory. ADHD medications, especially stimulants, are dehydrating and can cause dry mouth.

It may sometimes be difficult to get your child (or yourself) to drink enough water.  Click here for 5 fun ways to stay hydrated (that aren’t water).