The importance of good hydration for day-to-day health

Nutr Rev. 2005 Jun;63(6 Pt 2):S6-13. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2005.tb00155.x.


The role of hydration in the maintenance of health is increasingly recognized. Studies in healthy adults show that even mild dehydration impairs a number of important aspects of cognitive function such as concentration, alertness, and short-term memory. However, due to the lack of suitable tools for assessment of hydration status, the effects of hydration on other aspects of day-to-day health and well-being remain to be demonstrated.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attention / physiology
  • Body Water / metabolism*
  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Electric Impedance
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Memory / physiology
  • Water-Electrolyte Imbalance / physiopathology*