Did you know you could help maintain your productivity level by drinking the recommended amount of water at work?
It’s a well known fact that athletes need to manage their water intake carefully if they want to be able to perform at their best when training or competing.
At work, we may not be sweating like athletes do when they train or compete, but we still lose water through our breath, sweat, urine, etc.
At least two-thirds of the human body is made of water. And when our water level diminishes, even mildly, it can affect our capacity to perform.
Possible Effects when Drinking too Little Water at Work
Dr. Mercola, an osteopathic physician and New York Times bestselling author of 3 books explains what role water plays on our body:
“It plays a large part in your normal functions, such as lubricating your joints and eyes, keeping your skin healthy by eliminating toxins, and facilitating proper digestion. Once the water in your body is reduced, it needs to be replaced because an imbalance between the salts and sugar in your body can affect the way you will perform.“
We are aware that serious dehydration can be detrimental to our health. To the very extreme, it can even be life threatening. But how about mild dehydration? The kind we can get to when we’re just too busy at work to remember to drink water. Can there be any negative effects we will actually feel?
As Dr. Mercola confirms in this article, mild dehydration can affect our productivity at work. It can drain our energy and make us feel tired or sleepy. It can also be the cause of headaches, confusion and irritability.
How Much Water Should We Be Drinking?
There doesn’t seem to be a consensus as to how much water we should be consuming every day. According to the Mayo Clinic:
“Studies have produced varying recommendations over the years, but in truth, your water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.”
The Institute determined that an adequate intake for men is roughly 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. For women, about 9 cups (2.2 liters) would be needed.
And while foods like fruits and vegetables, and beverages like juice, coffee, milk and soda count in your daily intake, your best bet is still water. As it is calorie-free, contains no sugar — which is bad for your health — and is easily available.
Moreover, drinking the recommended amount of water at work will bring the added health benefit of making you get up from that chair (to refill your bottle, and maybe go to the bathroom a little more often than you’re used too…). As an easy measure to know if you’re drinking enough water at work, a healthy person apparently urinates seven to eight times each day.
And finally, opinions seems pretty aligned concerning the fact that as a general rule, filtered water is definitely recommended over tap water. We should avoid drinking tap water since it often contains fluoride, heavy metals and disinfection byproducts that may have ill effects on our health.
So pick up the good habit of always having a glass of water on your desk and taking a sip regularly. Or even better, equip yourself with a reusable bottle so that you can easily carry it around with you in meetings — to keep that hydration level at its best!