Cranky today? Even mild dehydration can alter our moods

Most people only think about drinking water when they are thirsty; but by then it may already be too late.

Even mild dehydration can alter a person’s mood, energy level, and ability to think clearly, according to two studies recently conducted at the University of Connecticut’s Human Performance Laboratory.

The tests showed that it didn’t matter if a person had just walked for 40 minutes on a treadmill or was sitting at rest – the adverse effects from mild dehydration were the same. Mild dehydration is defined as an approximately 1.5 percent loss in normal water volume in the body.

– from EurekAlert!

It’s probably what most people already notice, and it’s also good to have it confirmed (or the opposite) by research. I notice for myself that drinking plenty of water is one of the best things I can do for my mind and body. I tend to drink enough, usually in the form of spice or herbal teas, so my urine is clear or has a very pale color. And when my systems feels a bit off, drinking water – along with physical activity such as walking – is often the best medicine to bring it back to balance. I also notice that my experience of dehydration is a sense of contraction (congestion) in my body, especially noticed inside the mouth, and not thirst in a more conventional sense. It’s quite noticeable even when there is a slight dehydration, as reflected in urine that’s a bit less than clear.

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