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20 March 2012
It is always difficult to know if there is an influence of hydration on mental state and brain and thus cognitive function. There is some clinical data showing that angiotensin, the hormone released in hypovolaemia or extracellular dehydration, could be implicated in depression1,2 thus suggesting that sever dehydration could be detrimental to brain function, which [...]
26 October 2011
Although the benefits of being adequately hydrated are well-established, many people still may not drink enough fluids. This is particularly important during exercise when we sweat more to reduce body temperature, making us more vulnerable to water loss. With this in mind, it has been well-documented that many athletes begin their training or competitions inadequately hydrated. Even when water is freely available, athletes of all ages tend to become dehydrated during exercise.
My research group recently performed a study to investigate the impact of an educational intervention on the hydration state of 92 young volleyball and basketball players participating in a five day training camp.
12 July 2011
This week I am presenting the findings of The Indonesian Regional Study (THIRST) at a symposium at the Asian Congress of Nutrition so I thought I’d share an overview of the results with you in this month’s blog.
Indonesia has a tropical climate so the population have an increased risk of suffering dehydration. The question is what is the magnitude of this mild dehydration? Are people aware of how much they should drink and what beverages they should choose? The THIRST Study, which ended in 2010, looked at mild dehydration and nutrition-related water knowledge among 1200 adults and teenagers living in six different regions of Indonesia.
How can you know how much liquid is enough for healthy hydration?
13 April 2011
Most adults know the value of daily water intake. They also realize that water is important to good health. Indeed, epidemiological and laboratory studies show that daily water intake (and the lack of adequate hydration) influences cells, organs, and the risk of various diseases.1-3
However, adults rarely know how much to drink each day, or how to determine if they are adequately hydrated. This is unfortunate, because (1) professional organizations have published guidelines regarding the amount of water that children and adults should consume each day, and (2) it is simple to check personal hydration status.
25 February 2011
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) opinion recognises that adequate hydration is essential for health and what we drink can contribute to calorie intake. As such, EFSA promotes drinking more energy-free beverages such as water.1 While obesity and type 2 diabetes guidelines cover changes in physical activity and diet, most dietary recommendations focus on food content.2-4 There’s often little or no advice on the importance of healthier hydration practices.2-4 Common sense dictates that it’s time to remedy this with some simple patient advice. Here’s my perspective.
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