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The Hydration Equation: Update on Water Balance and Cognitive Performance

Riebl, Shaun K. M.S., R.D.; Davy, Brenda M. Ph.D., R.D., FACSM

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e3182a9570f
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LEARNING OBJECTIVES • To become aware of the most practical measures of hydration status.

• To describe sources of water input and output and the basics of water balance.

• To understand how hydration status may impact daily cognitive performance.

Water is vital for life, serving numerous functions in the body, and adequate hydration may be necessary for optimal cognitive performance. This article will help you become aware of the most practical measures of hydration status, learn more about water input and output balance, and understand how hydration status can impact daily performance

Shaun K. Riebl, M.S., R.D., is a doctoral student in the Water INTERface Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP) and Department of Human Nutrition, Food, and Exercise (HNFE) at Virginia Tech.

Brenda M. Davy, Ph.D., R.D., FACSM, is the program director of the Water INTERface IGEP and an associate professor of HNFE at Virginia Tech. Her research interests include investigating lifestyle strategies to prevent and treat obesity and related comorbidities, beverage consumption, and weight control.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST: None declared.

Shaun K. Riebl, M.S., R.D., Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA. email: sriebl@vt.edu

Brenda M. Davy, Ph.D., R.D., FACSM, Laboratory for Eating Behaviors and Weight Management, Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA. email: bdavy@vt.edu

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflicts of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.

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