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Hydration and study

Keeping hydrated whilst studying and working at home can be tough. It’s easy to forget and before you know it, you’re feeling dehydrated. Water is essential for all the processes in our body – it helps our cognition, our energy production, has a role in digestion and absorption of nutrients, and aids in the elimination of wastes from the body. It’s especially important for our brains. Drinking enough can have both short and long-term effects on how we function and study, including improve our focus, speed up our mental reactions, and elevate our mood.

What are the risks associated with dehydration?

Dehydrating can have detrimental effects on the body. Mild dehydration has a negative effect on our concentration, mental performance and can leave us feeling tired and unenergised. More severe dehydration can increase our risk of a range of conditions, including poor kidney function, heart conditions and oral health problems (as water helps us create saliva).1

What can you do to stay hydrated?

1 National Health and Medical Research Council. (2020). Water. https://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients/water

2 Zhang, Y., Coca, A., Casa, D.J., Antonio, J., Green, J.M. & Bishop, P.A. (2020). Caffeine and diuresis during rest and exercise: A meta-analysis. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 18(5), 569 – 574. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2014.07.017

3 The Conversation. (2020). Thinking about working from home long-term? 3 ways it could be good or bad for your health. https://theconversation.com/thinking-about-working-from-home-long-term-3-ways-it-could-be-good-or-bad-for-your-health-141374

4 Potter, V.J.V. (2011). Eat your water for health, sport performance and weight control. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 5(4), 316 – 319. https://doi.org/10.1177/1559827611405148

5 Potter, V.J.V. (2011). Eat your water for health, sport performance and weight control. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 5(4), 316 – 319. https://doi.org/10.1177/1559827611405148

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