The importance of all-day hydration

hydrated-at-work THE IMPORTANCE OF ALL-DAY HYDRATIONThe human body is composed of nearly 70 per cent water. Your cells, your blood, your organs, and even your level of cognitive function are all dependent on a constant supply of fresh drinking water. Ironically, even in an age of unparalleled access to safe, clean water, many Australians don’t get enough of this life-giving elixir – experts estimate that as much as half of the adult population experiences mild dehydration on a regular basis.

 

So although pulling an 8-to-5 shift at the office may not seem like particularly thirsty work, the reality is that even moderate activity can deplete your body’s water supply. Here are a few simple ways that you can boost your intake of water and other health-supporting liquids in the workplace.

 

  • Get into the sipping habit. Think staying hydrated involves glugging down vast quantities of water all day long? Think again. A few sips every half-hour or so are usually sufficient to help you stay hydrated during mild to moderate activity.
  • Avoid the siren song of the soda machine. Although a can of soda can be a great way to bounce back from a mid-afternoon slump, caffeine can act as a diuretic, actually serving to diminish your body’s hydration level.
  • Make a few smart swaps. If you enjoy soda, coffee, and other caffeinated beverages in moderation during the workday, never fear – you don’t have to give them up entirely or all at once. Just substitute healthier choices a few times a day, such as opting for sparkling water instead of soda or herbal/green tea instead of coffee.
  • Don’t overlook your food choices. The meals and snacks we choose can help or hinder our hydration levels, as well. An overabundance of salty processed foods can interfere with the body’s natural thirst mechanism and alter hydration levels. On the other hand, choosing foods with high levels of water content, such as apples, grapes, watermelon, cucumbers, or peaches, can actually boost your hydration.

 

You can add earth-friendly bonus points to your workplace hydration strategy by skipping disposable plastic water bottles whenever possible and investing in a reusable aluminum or BPA-free plastic bottle that you can bring along with you.

 

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