Do you drink enough fluids? Dehydration is a serious problem that affects many people, especially the elderly. Even mild dehydration can cause fatigue and brain fog, and trigger the onset of disease. Researchers believe that, as your body ages, it loses more and more water. There are those who say it is this lack of hydration that starts, and then accelerates, the whole process of aging.
In a recent study, researchers in Dallas, TX, assessed the effects of mild dehydration on cognitive performance and mood of men. A total of 26 men participated in three randomized trials. The first trial involved exercise-induced dehydration plus a diuretic; the second, exercise-induced dehydration plus placebo containing no diuretic; and the third, exercise while maintaining hydration plus placebo.
Each trial included three 40-minute treadmill walks in a 27.7°C environment. The participants then completed a cognitive test and answered a questionnaire to determine the presence of headaches and/or concentration and task difficulties.
The research team found that dehydration negatively affected cognitive performance. Specifically, errors increased during visual tests. While at rest, the participants’ fatigue and tension/anxiety increased due to dehydration. Fatigue was also a significant symptom of dehydration when exercising. The researchers concluded that mild dehydration in men caused adverse changes in memory and increased tension/anxiety and fatigue.
So, you’ll want to avoid dehydration — especially if you’re an older adult when symptoms can become even more pronounced. With that in mind, take this health advice and follow these eight tips for staying hydrated. Remember that rehydrating could be an alternative cure for symptoms such as fatigue and memory problems.
Top 8 Ways To Treat Dehydration Naturally
1. Try drinking two to three liters of water every day.
2. Drink 400-600 milliliters of fluids two hours before exercising.
3. Try consuming cool drinks, as you will tend drink more.
4. Drink frequently in small amounts, rather than drinking a lot of water at the same time.
5. Drink more when you are sweating.
6. Fluids with a low carbohydrate percentage (seven percent) are better for hydrating — avoid drinks high in carbohydrates.
7. If you are exercising for an extended period, drink liquids with electrolytes.
8. Alcohol does not rehydrate you; in fact, it can do the opposite.