What would you say if I told you there was one simple thing you could do each day that would almost give you super powers?
I’m not talking about the power of invisibility (although that would be awesome, as it would let you infiltrate meetings at work and hear what your boss really thinks about you). And I’m not talking about the power of super strength (although that would be helpful). I’m talking about mind control. And to get a super powerful mind? It could be as simple as drinking more water.
Unfortunately, your brain’s kryptonite is a lack of water or hydration. To prove this, our friends at Zip Water recently conducted a bunch of experiments to prove how important hydration really is to the mind. This experiment though, as an ‘80s kid, is my favourite:
Two hard-core gamers, Damien and Harley, line up to compete However, they aren’t using their hands or a joystick to compete – they are playing only with their minds (and some very high tech gear).
What? Yep, they have headpieces attached to their heads which detect electrical activity inside their brains and therefore, plays the ball (and not the man). It’s quite incredible.
As the boys sit, end to end, facing each other and trying to move their massive cursor, you can see the frustration on Harley’s face as he just can’t seem to get it together and return serve. I mean, this guy levels up in his other games like nobody’s business, so why then, when he’s mentally tested, is he struggling so much?
The experiment hinges on this: One of the players, Damien is hydrated, having drunk an adequate amount of water before starting the game. Harley, on the other hand, has had no water. At all. Which makes him just two per cent hydrated, (ie not much at all).
As the video shows, being only two per cent hydrated totally affects concentration. Harley struggled to find a way to conquer his opponent. It was difficult to concentrate because he was expending more energy on nerve transmissions, which caused fatigue and stunted and almost obliterated his focus.