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Water is key to our body’s function, both at work and beyond.

The Importance of Hydration at Work

Staying hydrated at work is important to working safely and efficiently. Numerous studies have shown that the human body is made up of approximately 60% water. Water brings nutrients to all cells in our body. Our brains, muscles, joints, nerves, and skin all need adequate water to function properly.

Hydration can affect your ability to perform your job. For example, our muscles need water to work optimally and efficiently. Our kidneys filter waste out of our systems, but can only do that when we are properly hydrated. Studies have also shown that our brains work better when we are properly hydrated. While symptoms of dehydration can include dizziness, confusion, weakness, and low blood pressure, sometimes slight levels of dehydration can leave us feeling sore, achy, stiff, or just plain tired! Naturally our muscles can hurt when they’re not getting adequate nutrition.

Some studies recommend drinking 64 ounces of water a day (~4 standard size water bottles). Other studies recommend drinking half our body weight in ounces of water each day. For example, if you weight 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water per day.

If you participate in strenuous activity at work, make sure to have extra water to make up for the water you lose through perspiration. Keep in mind that if you consume caffeinated beverages, you should supplement with an additional 8 ounces of water for every 8 ounces of caffeine you drink.

It’s a great idea to add more water-rich foods, too. The Cleveland Clinic lists the following foods as having high water content:

  • Cucumbers (98% water)
  • Celery (95% water)
  • Iceburg lettuce (95% water)
  • Zucchini (95% water)
  • Caulifower (92%) (water)
  • Watermelon (91% water)
  • Strawberries (91% water)

Bottoms up!

 

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