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Mood & Mental Tasks

If your goal is to optimize your mood, mental tasks, and processing of information, recent hydration studies provide sound evidence for optimizing your daily water intake. Therefore, if your goal is to optimize your mood, mental tasks, and processing of information, the aforementioned studies provide sound evidence for optimizing your daily water intake. To reach a minimum of 2.0 liters of total water each day (water + beverages + water in solid foods), remember that 22% of your total daily water intake is consumed as water in solid food; thus, you should drink at least 1.6 L of fluid, in the form of water and beverages. Indeed, the average volume of fluids consumed by Americans (plain water + moisture in beverages) is 2.7 L/d (men) and 2.2 L/d (women) (Yang & Chun, 2016).

The Harsh Side Effects of Mild Dehydration Recent research has shown that if you are mildly dehydrated—a 1-2% loss of body weight—there can be detrimental effects on your body, such as the following: • headaches • increased confusion/ bewilderment • mood changes • less calm/happy/contentment • decreased alertness • decreased positive emotions • reduced vigor • greater anxiety/tension • increased sleepiness and fatigue • increased task difficulty • loss of concentration

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Lawrence E. Armstrong, PhD, is a professor of Environmental & Exercise Physiology at the University of Connecticut and the director of the Human Performance Laboratory. He presently serves as a trustee of the Drinking Water Research Foundation and as a scientific advisory board member for Danone Waters, France.

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Part II of this series will be published in the March/April 2017 issue of Bottled Water Reporter and will describe how you can check your own hydration status each day, by making a few simple observations.

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