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Lack of Water Worsens Your Mood

| February 2, 2012
Don't you feel calm just looking at it? Try drinking it!

Dehydration may just make your mood worse

If you’re feeling tired, cranky and just simply unable to concentrate, a drink of water may just do the trick.┬áThis just goes to show that you can optimize your mood anytime, anywhere.

The Research

If you’ve ever heard someone say they’re cranky because they haven’t had enough water, there may just be some science behind their claim. A new study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, suggests that dehydration can play a large role in a woman’s mood as well as her cognitive function. Previously, a study conducted by Tufts University had shown that dehydration can lead to exhaustion, confusion and a bad mood in female athletes.

Method

Researchers conducted a small study on a group on 25 women to find out the role dehydration plays in affecting the mood of women. It is important to not that these women were not severely dehydrated. These women were just about one percent lower than optimal hydration levels.

Results

Researchers did conclude the dehydration plays a key factor in the development of headaches. Dehydration also lowers focus, increases fatigue and can cause a bad mood. Women in the study experienced these symptoms while resting and while exercising.

Conclusion

This research adds evidence that drinking water is great for the body and mind. Proper hydration helps to regular body temperatures. Hydration also helps to keep body tissues moist, aids in digestion and helps to remove bodily waste. While the debate over whether or not you should drink eight glasses of water per day may go on and one, one thing is for sure: hydration does the body good. Hydration is not only great for your physical well-being, but for your emotional well-being.

 

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