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We women get a such bad rap for being the beautiful, emotional creatures we are, but admit it: We can be some moody wenches sometimes. Whether it’s hormonal -- PMS, pregnancy, menopause -- or astrological (Geminis are notorious for mood swings; Pisces swim in their emotions; don’t ever cross a Scorpio) -- we're not always whistling Dixie. But the next time you feel the crank coming on you might be able to head it off by simply sipping a tall glass of cold water.
According to a Scientific American podcast,
researchers evaluated 25 young women (average age 23) by having each
subject walk on a treadmill to induce dehydration (defined as
1.5-percent loss in normal water volume in the body). In a three month
period, these women were evaluated for cognitive performance, mood level
and symptoms of dehydration -- three times while in motion and three
times at rest. These studies, published in the Journal of Nutrition,
found that even a mild case of dehydration can bring on a mood change
in women, regardless of whether the woman was exercising or resting.
Hmmm, so that might explain why sometimes I get surly post-workout if
I forget to drink water while exercising. Or why if I’m sitting at my
desk for too long, I suddenly feel the urge to punch my computer screen.
Now, I’ve been known to have a glass of wine at night to unwind from a
stressful day. But maybe if I become a stickler for keeping a bottle of
water within arm’s reach throughout the day, I won’t get so agitated.
Now, if anyone knows how to turn water into wine we could probably wash away all of our bad moods!
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