- Posted July 31, 2014 by
Mild Dehydration: Its Serious Effect On Our Health
Many people think only about drinking water when they are thirsty. Unmindful of the fact that our body loses fluids in a lot of ways such as when you breathe, perspire, and urinate.
Studies conducted by the Human Performance Laboratory of the University of Connecticut revealed that mild dehydration can greatly affect a person’s mood, energy level and mental performance. It was noted in the tests that the adverse effects from mild dehydration were the same regardless if the person had just walked for forty minutes on a treadmill or was sitting at rest.
The Effects of dehydration to women and men
In the February issue of The Journal of Nutrition, one of the studies that tested twenty-five young women with an average age of 23 showed that mild dehydration has caused headaches, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. While no substantive reduction in cognitive abilities was noted, the female subjects, when slightly dehydrated, were observed to see tasks to be more difficult.
The men’s group study that involved twenty-six men with an average age of 20 showed that mild dehydration caused some difficulty with mental tasks that involved vigilance and working memory. The males also experienced fatigue, tension, and anxiety. According to the study, adverse changes in mood and symptoms were "substantially greater in females than in males, both at rest and during exercise." It is not yet known why women are more susceptible than men to the effects of mild dehydration but other research has shown that neurons in the brain detect dehydration and may signal other parts of the brain regulating mood when the body is dehydrated. Researchers believe that this process may be part of an ancient warning system that alerts us that we need to drink water and hydrate ourselves.
How to stay hydrated
Experts recommend that individuals should drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water a day to stay properly hydrated. You must replenish the fluids that you lose by consuming beverages and foods that contain water to ensure that your body will function properly. You can check your hydration status by monitoring the color of your urine; a properly hydrated individual has very pale yellow urine.
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