Ever find yourself cranky and restless in the middle of the day for seemingly no reason? Then, after a stop to the water cooler in the office or to the tap in your kitchen, you seem to find your second wind, feel in better spirits and are more focused. Well, there’s scientific reasoning behind that, according to a study published in January’s issue of the Journal of Nutrition.
Researchers at the University of Connecticut’s Human Performance Laboratory in Storrs, Conn. studied 25 healthy, young women, whose concentration, memory and mood were tested while dehydrated and hydrated. The women, who were an average age of 23, were neither athletes nor couch potatoes. In two of three experiments, dehydration was generated by exercising on a treadmill, with or without a diuretic—a pill that encourages urination and can lead to dehydration.
Read more about the study here.