The Dangers of Dehydration in Women: Is It Affecting Your Mood?
A recent study (1) published in the Journal of Nutrition has some shocking (but not really shocking) information for the healthy young women around the world!
Dehydration can put you in a really really bad mood.
The study, which was approved and conducted by the University of Connecticut Review Board for Human Studies, induced dehydration in a group of 25 women (all aged 23 years old), who were neither incredibly athletic nor incredibly inactive.
The researchers then measured their concentration, memory, mood and ability to perform tasks through a battery of tests while in a state of mild dehydration. No surprise, the women’s perceived task difficulty (whether or not they thought the task was difficult) increased with their levels of dehydration! They also measured an increase in fatigue and headaches.
1) The Journal of Nutrition, Volume 142, Issue 2, February 2012, Pages 382– 388,
Mild Dehydration Affects Mood in Healthy Young Women Published: 21 December 2011
This Sounds Like NO FUN!
As women, we deal with things affecting our mood on a daily (if not minute by minute basis).
Estrogen, hormonal imbalances, periods, and screaming toddlers to name a few. All of these daily life activities can really affect how you feel and how you interact with the world. Don’t let the sneaky effects of dehydration add to that!
So, how do we fix this? Simple! Drink water. But maybe not as simple as you think.
How to Properly Hydrate
Drinking large quantities in short periods time will not get you rehydrated on a long-term basis. All it will do, is place unnecessary strain on your bladder. When you drink too much water in a short period of time, your body will not assimilate the water, it’s too much at once, so it gets eliminated from the body instead. I’m sure anyone who drank 2 glasses of water right before bed and then regretted it multiple times in the middle of the night will agree with me.
Only small amounts of water, taken frequently and gradually over the period of several days will get you properly hydrated.
It’s important to take away then, that even mild dehydration can lead to adverse changes in mood and behavior, which can be elleby drinking small amounts of water throughout the day.
Better yet, add some Double Helix Water to your daily water intake!
In today’s world, who needs another thing - like sneaky dehydration, making life harder?!
For more information on long term dehydration and methods of handling it see Dr Marrongelles Rehydration Protocol
Dr. Jeffrey L. Marrongelle is a Doctor of Chiropractic, and a Certified Clinical Nutritionist.
He has been practicing Homotoxicology and nutrition in connection with his practice for 30 years.
Dr. Marrongelle has successfully integrated the latest technologies, with nutrition, herbal drainage remedies, and complex homeopathy with structural modalities to assist his patients with a wide-range of conditions.
Dr. Marrongelle is a graduate and was a member of The Board of Trustees for Capital University of Integrative Medicine (CUIM) in Washington, D.C., and has completed a Doctorate of Integrative Medicine Degree.