Did you know even 2% dehydration can lead to a 20% decrease in mental and work performance?
How does hydration effect your work?
Everyone loses fluids in hot working environments, no matter what task they are performing. Loss of fluids increases when you add in PPE, workplace clothing and physical exertion required to complete the job. This loss of fluids can easily lead to dehydration.
When you lose fluids from the body, it's not just water, these fluids contain essential electrolytes that control the osmosis or movement of water between body compartments and they help maintain the acid-base balance required for normal cellular activities.
What is your urine telling you?
It's true! The colour of your urine indicates your body's hydration levels. Unfortunately, it does not tell you your electrolyte levels. Check out the urine chart below and keep it in mind the next time you visit the bathroom.
How to stay hydrated at work:
Drink during every break
Drink a glass of water during every break, even if it is just a quick trip to the bathroom. This links water intake to one of the most common daily activities.
Use a drink bottle
Invest in a good quality drink bottle that travels where you do. A model with measurements on the side will give you an idea of how much water you have consumed in that day. Alternatively, there are a variety of smart water bottles on the market that can track your water intake.
Make water accessible
Keep a cooler or jug filled with water nearby. Having water easily accessible will increase your propensity to drink.
Make water an appetiser
Drink before every meal. Aim to have one glass of water before every meal. Not only will this assist in hydration, it will also prevent you from over eating.
Eat your water intake
Eat water dense foods. The more water that comes from your food the better! Try cucumber, lettuce, cauliflower, watermelon and strawberries.
Make it tasty
ATOM recommends utilising an electrolyte drink such as Sqwincher in your workplace to help keep your team hydrated. Sqwincher is the leading electrolyte drink used for industrial workplaces across Australia, New Zealand and America. Food technologists, medical professionals and sports nutrition experts have identified five key reasons to use Sqwincher for hydration in the workplace.
Reasons to choose Sqwincher:
1. It's tasty!
Research has shown enhancing the flavour of water (such as with Sqwincher) increases fluid consumption throughout the day, aiding hydration. Sqwincher comes in a variety of great flavours.
2. Variety of products
There are so many different ways to get hydrated with Sqwincher! Concentrates, powders, icy poles, cooling towels and more.
3. Low sodium
Sqwincher is low in sodium, high salt intake can increase blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease.
4. Regular, Lite and Zero Options
Sqwincher comes with regular sugar for those with a sweet tooth and lite and zero sugar options for those that are sugar conscious.
5. It's affordable
Sqwinchers different product options mean you can keep your team hydrated without breaking the bank, check out the afforable concentrate options, a 2L bottle makes 20L of Sqwincher!
Check out the Sqwincher range available at ATOM
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