Let’s Keep Hydrated
Hydration & Hot Weather
The summer heatwave might be over but don’t be fooled by a few days of rain. Warmer and drier conditions than average have been predicted to last until OCTOBER. We don’t have a crystal ball to know if that’s true, but what we do know is it is important to stay hydrated whatever the weather.
Why? It’s easier to become dehydrated than you might think, particularly when you are sweating more than usual. If you’re feeling tired, light-headed, or you have a headache, you probably haven’t drunk enough. The amount of daily water we need differs from person to person and is dependant on climatic conditions, clothing worn and exercise intensity. The NHS recommends we should all be drinking two litres, the equivalent to three and a half pints of water everyday, and even more on hot days. You should never wait to feel thirsty to drink water, as by this point you’re already dehydrated. However, avoid drinking too much water in one sitting and make sure to spread out your daily water intake.
TOP TIPS for staying hydrated during hot weather:
- Drinking water before you go out into the sun is an important first step to avoid dehydration.
- Always keep a glass or bottle of water handy so you can take frequent sips of water throughout the day. Try to keep it out of direct sunlight!
- Schedule regular beverage breaks. It’s easy to forget to hydrate when you’re busy so make sure to remind yourself in the form of sticky notes at your desk, whatever helps you!
- Snack on fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich in water like berries, watermelon, peaches, and cucumber
- One way to gauge your hydration level is to check the colour of your urine. It should be pale if you’re well hydrated
- If you’re planning on exercising in hot weather, make sure you’re well hydrated before you start. Also drink plenty of water afterwards to replenish electrolytes lost through sweating
Hydration, Health & Happiness
Studies have shown that drinking more water can enhance your mental health, physical health, and even improve the way you look. It has been proven that feelings of tension and depression are reduced in people who increase their water intake. Staying well hydrated also has significant positive effects on the way our bodies function and is essential for a healthy life. Not only this, but many people report that by increasing their water intake, their appearance improved as well.
Did you know there is a strong correlation between water consumption and mood? Something as simple as drinking more water each day can have profound effects on our mental health and wellbeing. The more you drink, the better you feel. Increasing your water intake may just be the boost you need to lift that brain fog.
Water not only makes us feel good, but it makes us look good too. Many people often report that by increasing their water intake, their skin has a more radiant glow and their hair grew faster. Water has a significant impact on our bodies too, with many people claiming it helps them to feel full of energy and alive.
Here are just some of the many ways water can benefit our bodies:
- Water acts as a lubricant for your joints. If you find yourself with bad knees, aching back, or weak joints, water might just be your answer.
- Prevents cancer. It has been proven that staying hydrated can significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50%, and possibly reduce the risk of breast cancer as well.
- Helps maintain the balance of fluids in your body. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation and the transportation of nutrients.
- Prevent headaches. Dehydration often causes headaches, so drinking plenty of water can relieve you of that nasty headache.
- Helps your heart do its job. A hydrated heart is able to pump blood more easily, allowing the muscles in your body to work better.
- Regulates body temperature. Water helps the skin do its job through allowing it to sweat. This is why it is vital to stay hydrated in hot weather conditions.
- Aids in weight loss. Sometimes our body confuses thirst for hunger, so if you’re looking to loose weight, staying hydrated can serve as an appetite suppressant.
- Detoxifies. You can rid your body of toxins simply by increasing your water intake which will help to flush accumulated toxins from your kidneys.
Hydration & Productivity
Without proper hydration, employees can experience adverse effects that can hinder their work performance. For better or worse, most of us spend the majority of our waking hours at work. Therefore, keeping hydrated at work is essential. Many studies have found that good levels of hydration significantly boosts productivity and creativity in the workplace. Staying hydrated supports vital brain functions by providing electrical energy allowing you to think faster and more clearly. As we now know, hydration can make a significant impact on health, happiness and motivation, therefore it should be at the forefront of every company’s wellness strategy.
How can someone like an office manager encourage employees to stay hydrated?
- Make water easily accessible to all staff members by changing the layout of your office or installing additional water units.
- When you’re busy it’s easy to forget to stay hydrated. Send out reminders or put up posters to educate employees about the importance of hydration and to remind workers to drink more often.
- Supply plenty of cups or offer reusable bottles to your staff so that hydration is readily available at all times.
- While some of your employees will happily drink water every day, others dislike the taste of plain water. Why not try keeping some lemon slices or cucumber next to your water dispenser to enhance the flavour.