Dehydration Degrades Mood and Lowers Concentration

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Editor's Note: Water is one of those things you just don't think about that often. But what if someone told you that taking better care to hydrate could give you a leg up when it comes to concentration and mood swings? In Can Dehydration Make You Depressed? Faith discusses the findings of a new study and shares how she keeps hydrated. - -AVF

The University of Tennessee just wrapped up a study that linked dehydration to "degraded mood, increased perception of task difficulty, lower concentration, and headache symptoms." After inducing dehydration in the 25 female participants, tests found that whether or not the women exercised or remained at rest, they suffered from "significant adverse affects of dehydration."

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According to the study, Mild Dehydration Affects Mood in Healthy Young Women, by Lawrence E. Armstrong, et al:

Significant adverse effects of dehydration were present at rest and during exercise for vigor-activity, fatigue-inertia, and total mood disturbance scores of the Profile of Mood States and for task difficulty, concentration, and headache as assessed by questionnaire. Most aspects of cognitive performance were not affected by dehydration.... Increased emphasis on optimal hydration is warranted, especially during and after moderate exercise.

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