Zenith Experiment 1 - Can Drinking Water Help You Dodge A Bullet?

 24 Jun 2015

EXPERIMENT 1 | CAN DRINKING WATER HELP YOU DODGE A BULLET?

 

Water – its’ easy to take for granted. In fact, up to 75% of Australians are chronically dehydrated. But scientific research suggests that regularly drinking H20 can have some surprising benefits.

Through a series of thought provoking experiments, we’re going to explore the new science of water.

Can drinking enough water make us faster? Smarter? Less stressed? Find out in the Zip Experiments.

In this first episode, can water help you dodge a bullet? Sounds ridiculous right – but you might want to think again. Newly published research claims to show that a thirsty person who drinks as little as 120 milliliters, or half a cup of water, can improve their reaction time by 14%.

 "The newest science about hydration is a ‘wake up call’ and shows that over half of us are unaware that our reaction and response times are slower and less efficient than they can be", says Dr. John Tickell.

It may not sound like much, but on a day-to-day basis where human response time is measured in thousandths of a second, this could be the difference between breaking in time to avoid a car accident, jumping out of the way of a passing bus, or maybe… dodging a bullet.

 

MEET DR. TICKELL | INTERNATIONAL HEALTH EXPERT


Dr. John Tickell has spent the last 25 years researching the health, wellbeing and longevity patterns of people around the world. And more recently, working in collaboration with Zip to substantiate the link between water intake and wellbeing.

His extensive international research on the lifestyle patterns of the longest living people on earth makes him a leading expert on what makes humans healthy, happy and well.

Dr. Tickell has a medical degree from the University of Melbourne, and has been a specialist practitioner in Sports Medicine. He is the author of nine books, which have sold over 2 million copies worldwide and is the creator of Australia’s National Health and Happiness Test.
 

Scientific reference:

Edmonds, C.J. Crombie, R. & Gardner, M.R. 16 July 2013, Subjective thirst moderates changes in speed of responding associated with water consumption. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Vol. 7 Article 363. 

 

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