Stay Hydrated & Avoid Negative Impacts on Business

Stay Hydrated & Avoid Negative Impacts on Business

It is likely, like every other office worker across the country, that you begin your day preoccupied by a hundred responsibilities and must-do-tasks. Many of us attempt to compensate for the fact we are stuck behind a desk from 9-5 with a number of health hacks, whether that means a stash of healthy snacks or vowing to always take the stairs.

However, a large majority of individuals fail to recognise the importance and benefits of staying hydrated throughout the day.

 

Hydration & Its Impact on Business

Staying hydrated keeps you healthy, that’s obvious and it’s certainly no secret. When the body loses more water than it takes in the imbalance can disrupt the usual levels of salts and sugars present in the blood and therefore interfere with the way our bodies function.

Hydration is therefore an important concern in the workplace where the lack of water can result in headaches, lethargy, joint pain, the inability to concentrate and nausea. Whether in office environments or outdoor industrial work sites, dehydration can poorly affect our decision making ability and cognitive performance.

Not only does dehydration affect your health but it can also influence your behaviour and moods. As soon as your brain feels even slightly parched all of its important functions can get a little erratic; from the way you feel to the ability your brain has to process information. Additionally those employees are more likely to:

  • Call in sick more often
  • Produce less work
  • Fail to process information quickly
  • Eat more junk food
  • Age quickly
  • Suffer mood swings

And we’re only scratching the surface here. What happens when your body is hydrated, even mildly so, is quite astonishing and should be avoid at all costs.

Advice from the Professionals

The team at Rainbow Zebra decided to get in touch with The Water Delivery Company for some expert opinions and advice when it comes to staying hydrated. As members of the British Water Cooler Association the pair were able to combine their expertise and provide us with some great insights, here’s what they had to say:

How Would You Spot The Signs of Dehydrated Staff?

Dehydration can cause mood swings, headaches, and lethargy. However, it is best to make the team aware of the need to stay hydrated and to spot symptoms themselves. The easiest way is to check the colour of your urine. If you are well hydrated it should be a pale lemon or pale straw colour. If you urine is dark, the chance are you need to top up your fluid levels. Advise colleagues no to wait until they feel thirsty as by them they are dehydrated. Drink frequently, especially during hot weather. Once thirst is felt, mental performance may have already decreased.

What’s the best way to consume water throughout the day – to sip or down a glass a couple times a day?

Whichever you prefer. The rule of thumb is that you should aim for 1.8 – 2 litres of fluid a day for an average person in average temperatures. If your job role is very physical or the weather is particularly hot you may need more. How you consume your water is entirely up to you. Of course, you can drink other fluids too but if you want a drink that is delicious, convenient and calorie free then water is a good choice.

On Average How Many Water Bottles/Litres Does An Office Tam Go Through a Month?

This entirely depends on the size of the team, of course, but each person should drink 1.8 – 2 litres a day and of course much of that will be during working hours.

Should water be consumed as often in the winter?

Yes. Often offices are over-heated plus the dehydrating effects of going from a cold outside atmosphere to a hot workplace can play havoc with your skin. Keeping up your fluid levels helps keep your body, brain and skin nicely hydrated.

Are water coolers more beneficial than just drinking from the tap? Why?

For most people, simply drinking more water, of whatever kind, is beneficial as water is tooth-kind and calorie-free. It’s really a matter of choice but we think water coolers have a number of benefits:

  • The water tastes good, which encourages us to drink as much as we should
  • There is research showing that the ‘nudge’ effect provided by a constant reminder to eat or drink healthily can have a positive effect. The cooler is often prominent in the office, reception, meeting rooms and elsewhere and so its visibility is helpful
  • The water is always chilled to a perfect temperature for enjoyment
  • Remember, not all coolers are created equal. Choose a water cooler from an accredited member of the British Water Cooler Association so you have the guarantees of safety and good practice as all members have to be rigorously audited.

A Simple Solution

The iconic office water cooler could be the solution to many of your business problems encouraging increased productivity and a happy healthy team. Regulating your internal temperature, lubricating your joints, and keeping your heart and muscles healthy with a glass or two of water can make a huge difference to the stat of your brain and body.

And you don’t have to stick strictly to water either as most beverages, disregarding alcohol of course, will contribute to your daily water intake.

Milk

Milk not only ensure that bones are in tip top condition but research also suggests that fat free or skimmed milk is better for rehydration and recovery than water itself. So if you’re already feeling the effects of thirst grab a glass of milk.

Smoothies

A great way to combine your favourite flavours in to one nutritionally packed glass, smoothies are great for battling dehydration. Choose fruit with high water content and add water instead of the usual thickeners like diary, soy, rice or almond milk.

Coffee

This may sound like an odd suggestion, but a recent study debunks the myth that coffee causes dehydration. In fact coffee contributes to your water needs and improves your memory as well as boosting athletic endurance and reducing the risk of many serious ailments including diabetes and heart disease.

Fruit and Veg

According to the experts roughly 20% of your daily intake of water should come from food; and fruit and veg are the perfect snack. Containing hydrating salts, minerals, and sugars some fruit and veg snacks work in similar ways to the isotonic drinks favoured by athletes.

Containing 92% water, watermelons are at the top of the list followed by strawberries, celery, cucumbers, and lettuce.

Grab a Glass

Avoid headaches, feeling fatigued, or forcing your colleagues to endure yet another of your bad moods by ensuring you drink plenty of water.

Whether there’s a cooler in your office or a water bottle on your desk it is hugely important to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Posted by Paul Randall
27th August 2015