Water is an easy and cheap source of hydration for people with mild dehydration and a low appetite, according a new report by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that people with dehydration are more likely to be able to drink water when they are not hungry.
This makes sense, said Dr. Mark Bresnahan, lead author of the study and a professor of nutrition and health sciences at Johns.
“If you are dehydrated, you get thirsty very quickly,” he said.
Drinking water to hydrate can help to reduce nausea and vomiting, reduce hunger, reduce blood sugar levels and help keep your body working optimally.
Drinking more water can also prevent muscle cramps and fatigue, and help you feel less tired.
People who drink a lot of water have more energy and lower blood pressure, according the report.
“What’s interesting is that the dehydration response to water can vary depending on how dehydrated you are,” Bresndanahan said.
“It could be a different effect depending on your metabolic rate, your metabolic stress response to dehydration, how much exercise you do, how well you hydrate and how much water you have.”
Bresnnah said it was important to consider dehydration as a whole, as a marker of health and well-being, not just as a way to increase your thirst.
“For me, I do see the importance of hydrating in the right way,” he added.
“You can take a lot out of dehydration.
It’s not just dehydration that causes you to feel tired, but it’s also your immune system, your nervous system, and the rest of your body.”
The researchers used data from more than 5,000 participants in a health and fitness study.
In the study, participants completed two tests: a physical activity measure and a food consumption measure.
The researchers collected data from the participants for 24 weeks and then used that information to track how much they drank.
Participants who drank less water had lower levels of physical activity, lower calorie intake, lower blood sugar, less sleep, less mental alertness, less fatigue and more overall well-beings.
People with the highest levels of dehydration, those who were most dehydrated at the start of the 24-week study, had the highest metabolic stress responses, had more blood pressure problems, higher rates of fatigue and lower levels a healthy immune system.
Those who drank more water were less likely to have these health problems, and less likely than those who drank the least to have any health problems.
The research was conducted in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association, which sponsors the National Weight Control Registry.
Bresnanahan said the findings were a “game changer” for people suffering from dehydration.
“We’ve known for some time that dehydration can be an indicator of disease, and that you can actually improve your health if you get enough water,” he explained.
“That’s why this study is really exciting.
It tells us that we need to get the word out about the importance and benefits of hydrated water.”
The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.
Bias against dehydration in the U.S. is strong, and dehydration has been shown to increase the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, stroke and stroke survivors, the report said.
The findings also suggest that drinking water may help prevent certain diseases.
“Drinking water is the best bet to reduce your risk of many chronic diseases,” Breshanah said.
And the study’s results could help improve public health efforts to promote water conservation and reduce water usage.
The U.N. Water Framework Convention on Climate Change, which established the global water standard, includes an element of dehydration as part of its definition of “high water scarcity.”
However, the research found that water consumption does not appear to increase in a way that would be harmful to health.
“There is a lot that we don’t understand about how the water cycle works, what exactly is going on with the water supply,” Brennanah said, “so we need a lot more data.”
The findings were supported by the U of L Department of Environmental Health and Engineering and the Ullman Foundation.
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