• 31 JAN 18


    “Now that’s what I call high quality H20.” – Bobby Boucher Jr. in the movie The Waterboy

    We all know that we spend most of our waking lives at work. On average we spend around 90,000 hours at our workplace in a lifetime. Our health isn’t always our main priority at work, while we’re sitting at our computers, scurrying off to meetings or trying to meet a deadline. Getting through our daily workload will always be at the forefront of our mind.

    It’s easy to forget about drinking enough water when we’re focused on getting work done or too busy to grab a glass of water. I myself love coffee and like many of us turn to coffee to stay alert during the day. When I smell coffee brewing, it is difficult to resist the temptation to go grab a cup while it is fresh. Yet this is counteractive due to the diuretic effect which can easily lead to dehydration.

    When it comes to our health we all know we should drink an adequate amount each day. After all, 60 percent of the body is made up of water and the human brain is composed of 75 percent water. On average, women should consume approx. 91 ounces and men should consume approx. 125 ounces per day.

    Drinking water prevents dehydration, a condition that can cause unclear thinking, mood changes, cause your body to overheat, constipation, and kidney stones. Besides reducing concentration, not hydrating properly can cause severe exhaustion, headaches, weight gain, and high blood pressure. When it comes to our work, it can have wide-reaching implications – when we go home due to that incessant headache or we struggle with concentrating, our co-workers and departments indirectly suffer too.

    A recent survey reported this to be a $2.5 billion loss in productivity each year as a result of people taking time off work due to chronic illness, which in many instances could be a result of simple dehydration. Another study looking at forest workers found a significant reduction in productivity in those who were in a state of dehydration.

    Drinking enough water is all about establishing a habit until it becomes second nature. There are many things we can do to make sure we get in our required levels of water. Know your number of ounces needed each day. Create a daily timetable to measure out how much water you should have at certain intervals of the day. Carry a water bottle all day as a constant reminder to drink and eat more water-contained foods and fruits. If you drink coffee, make sure to drink extra water to counteract the diuretic affects.

    Always remember the benefits of drinking enough water brings to your working life. These include increased energy, concentration and relieving tiredness, promoting weight loss with a healthy diet, flushing out unwanted toxins in the body, improving skin complexion, maintaining regular digestion, boosting your immune system, reducing headaches, preventing muscle cramps and sprains and, most importantly, puts you in a great mood. When your body is functioning at its optimum you will feel great and perform better!

    (by: Scott Cothran)

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