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Seniors could stay mentally sharp by drinking water

If you’re already approaching a certain age, then you might want to consider tweaking your lifestyle, especially your choice of drinks. This, as study shows that drinking more water can actually help you stay mentally sharp.

A new research — which was presented at the American Physiological Society (APS) annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2018 in San Diego — studied the link between hydration status before exercising and exercise-enhanced cognition in older adults.

The study showed that dehydration has been shown to impair exercise performance and brain function in young people, but less is known about its impact on older populations.

“Middle-age and older adults often display a blunted thirst perception, which places them at risk for dehydration and subsequently may reduce the cognitive health-related benefits of exercise,” a team of New England-based researchers said.

It suggested that older adults should adopt adequate drinking behaviors to reduce cognitive fatigue and potentially enhance the cognitive benefits of regular exercise participation.

Brandon Yates, MS, of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, presented the poster “Dehydration impairs executive function task in middle-age and older adults following endurance exercise” last Sunday at the Exhibit Hall of the San Diego Convention Center.


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