How can drinking water give me more energy?

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It quenches your thirst, it's practically free and it gives you an energy boost like no other. What's this magical energy drink? It's water.

That's right. A new study shows that slight dehydration can send your energy into a nosedive. And it puts people in a foul mood, too. So turn on the tap and enjoy the benefits of water.

When water was withheld from a group of college students who were working out, they reported not just greater feelings of thirst but also more fatigue, anger, depression and confusion than the group of well-hydrated exercisers. And the researchers suspect that dehydration would probably cause these same side effects in folks who aren't exercising but are water deprived -- although more study is needed to say for sure. Bottom line: Check your fluid intake if you need an energy boost. 

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