This post was inspired by a similar article in PsychCentral.
We all know that dehydration can have a significant impact on your health, but did you know that it could also affect your mood, energy levels, and ability to think clearly?
In two recent studies, researchers tested the effect of dehydration on both men and women. The results indicated that mild dehydration led to difficulty with mental tasks and caused fatigue, tension, and anxiety. Dehydration also played a role in detrimentally affecting mood. This effect on mood was found to be more significant in women vs. men.
So, what can you do? Most people wait until they are thirsty before drinking water, but at this point, it is too late. When you feel thirsty, that means you are already experiencing mild dehydration (1.5% loss of normal water volume in the body) and your mood, energy, and cognitive abilities have already been compromised.
It doesn’t matter if you’re exercising or simply sitting at home and working – you should constantly be consuming water. In the long-run, this will be extremely beneficial for your mood, energy levels, cognitive function, and overall wellness.
Our recommendation – Drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water a day, which is approximately equivalent to about 2 liters of water. Monitor the color of your urine to check your hydration status (pale yellow in individuals is good, dark yellow or tan is bad). Heed these words wisely, particularly if you are elderly, a child, or have diabetes.
If you feel that you’re experiencing the negative effects of dehydration, please come and stop by the Remedy Room. We have personalized IV therapy treatments to keep you hydrated and ensure that you’re always feeling ready to tackle the day.