We all live busy lives, and water becomes a choice but not an option. It’s the favorite drink for many to deal with food cravings, constipation, headache, hunger and more.
Water forms a part of a healthy diet with plenty of health benefits even though it tends to be overlooked. 90% of your brain is water, and 70% of your body weight comes from water. It is also a major constituent of your blood and every single cell in your body.
Here are 7 reasons why you should consume enough water at work:
1. Fatigue Buster
If we do not stay hydrated, physical performance can suffer. This is particularly important during intense exercise or high heat. Moreover, we also need it at work where we continuously move some of our muscles.
Dehydration can have a noticeable effect if you lose as little as 2% of your body's water content. This can lead to altered body temperature control, reduced motivation, increased fatigue and make exercise feel much more difficult, both physically and mentally.
Optimal hydration has been shown to prevent this from happening, and may even reduce the oxidative stress that occurs during muscle movement. This is not surprising when you consider that muscle is about 80% water.
2. Decreases Stress
Our brains are composed of approximately 85% water. When our bodies are dehydrated, this places increased stress on our brains causing a physiological increase in stress hormones. This increased stress can cause headaches and fogginess which makes even the simplest of work tasks seem more difficult and overwhelming.
3. Improves The Immune System
People who take plenty of water throughout the day are less likely to get sick. Ensuring that your body is always hydrated can help in averting illnesses like flu, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Also, water acts as a natural remedy for dealing with headaches and migraines.
By keeping your joints lubricated and muscles more elastic, water is effective in preventing and relieving cramps and sprains. It should be the drink of your choice if you love sports or fancy the gym.
4. Helps Prevent And Treats Headaches
Dehydration can trigger headaches and migraines in some individuals. Several studies have shown that water can relieve headaches in those who are dehydrated. However, this appears to depend on the type of a headache.
5. Keeps Your Mind Sharp
Our brains are mostly water. Drinking it keeps your mind “hydrated” – it helps you think, improves concentration, and keeps you alert.
6. It Can Improve Mood
Drinking water makes us feel so refreshed that it improves our state of mind. You don’t even have to be severely in need of it to benefit: Even mild dehydration has been shown to impact moods negatively
7. Significant Effect on Energy Levels and Brain Function
Your brain is strongly influenced by hydration status. Studies show that even mild dehydration (1-3% of body weight) can impair many aspects of brain function.
A 1-3% fluid loss equals about 1.5-4.5 lbs (0.5-2 kg) of body weight loss for a 150 lbs (68 kg) person. This can easily occur through normal daily activities, let alone during exercise or high heat.
Water is an essential element that keeps our body moving. For us to be able to give our full potential and be more productive at work, we need to keep hydrating ourselves. In this post, I shared with you 7 reasons why you should consume enough water at work.
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