The Importance of Staying Hydrated at Work

When at work, you are always looking for ways to perform more efficiently

Employee wellbeing is a crucial part of running a successful business. Did you know that people may not be performing their best because they are mildly dehydrated without even noticing?

Scientific evidence between cognitive performance and dehydration, although limited, is strong and continues to grow. A worryingly high 31% of those recently surveyed admitted to deliberately drinking less than they would like at work to avoid having to take bathroom breaks, choosing to ignore the symptoms of thirst. Maxime Buyckx, director of nutrition and health sciences for Beverage Institute for Health and Wellness, explored the influence of a busy work lifestyle:

“In a world where many people are consistently trying to juggle a hectic work schedule, people may sometimes override thirst signals and, thus, become mildly dehydrated, which can affect a person’s ability to perform at his or her best.”

Drinking fluids is essential to staying healthy and maintaining the function of every system in your body, including the heart, brain, and muscles. It’s especially dangerous to avoid drinking enough in hot weather conditions, failing to do so could result in:

  • Heat stroke
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat cramps
  • Heat rash

All you have to do to avoid this, is simply drink more water.

Water is one of the most important sources of energy, meaning it can help you to combat tiredness and heighten concentration. Drinking the right amount can also prevent headaches, improve your skin, aid losing weight and enhance your overall mood.

One problem with water is that some people dislike the taste but there are many other types of liquid that can help to keep the body hydrated; lower fat milk and sugar free drinks are good alternatives. Everyone should aim to consume around 6 to 8 glasses, or 2 litres, of fluid each day.

Often it’s believed that drinks containing caffeine cause dehydration but according to the institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences this is a myth, as all beverages can contribute to hydration needs. After all, a cup of coffee is still largely made up of water.

Group of employees drinking water and discussing work

Of course wherever possible it is best to opt for pure, cleaned, filtered water. It’s highly beneficial for your workplace to install a filtered water dispenser to encourage workers to maintain hydration, and therefore productivity, throughout their day. Not only does filtered water taste better than that from the tap, it’s also cleaner and cheaper than bottled water. It’s free from chemicals too and will help to limit the spread of stomach bugs.

Installing a dispenser makes it easier and quicker for people to access water; they’re more likely to drink regularly if they don’t need to leave the office and purchase their own and because these dispensers are plumbed into the existing supply, you’re never going to run out!

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