Dehydration can have a serious affect on one’s mood and ability to think clearly, and it can occur when one only loses 1.5% of one’s internal water supply. Individuals with diabetes, taking certain prescription medicines, or on a low carb diet face an increased risk for dehydration. Those with a high stress level, irritable bowel syndrome, a frequent exercise regimen, also are at risk of dehydration, as well as women who are on their period or pregnant.
- Mild dehydration causes mood, energy levels, and cognitive function to drop. Common causes are hot weather and exercise, but there are many more possible causes.
- Conditions that can cause dehydration include pregnancy, period, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, aging, high altitude, breast feeding, and stress.
- What we put in our bodies matters too. Prescription drugs, dietary supplements, alcohol, inadequate fruit and vegetables, and low carbohydrate diets can all cause dehydration.
“Lose even 1.5% of that H2O—the tipping point for mild dehydration—and your mood, energy levels, and cognitive function all drop, according to research from the University of Connecticut.”