Monday, July 9, 2012

Water is “key” to your productivity

It is amazing how, as temperatures soar into the high 90s, the statement, “It’s hot outside,” has replaced the polite greeting of, “how are you doing today?” How much water you drink during these heat surges can significantly impact your physical and mental wellbeing. You don’t have to be exercising or even sweating to need or benefit from a healthy sized glass of H2O.

According to National Restaurant Association nutritionist Dr. Joy Dubost, the average man should consume 16 cups of fluids each day, while a woman should consume 12 cups of fluid daily. Dubost shared that water is also found in the foods we eat like fruits and vegetables.
“If you are exercising for an hour or more, drinking a sports beverage with electrolytes is recommended,” Dubost added in the video above. “If you exercise for an hour of less, water will suffice.”

In the list of basic human needs, water tops the list. A person can live for three to five days without any water, and three to four weeks without food, so that fact shows the importance of water to one’s bodily functions and, in turn, productivity.
Gathering around the water cooler has come to refer to the spread of gossip in the workplace. However, the phrase interestingly gained its meaning by the fact that companies provided coolers to assist with employee productivity.

Dehydration can cause headaches and weakness especially if undergoing physical work and even if you are working in an office environment. An average human brain is made up of 90 percent water, while the entire body can contain anywhere from 55 to 78 percent water.
In addition to staying alert, drinking water has numerous other benefits. If you are seeking to lose weight, water will help reduce your appetite, flush out toxins and assist with breaking down fat in your body.  Want to look younger? Drink more water, as the liquid increases your skins elasticity and acts as a moisturizer. Water relieves fatigue, regulates body temperature and helps ward off sickness and even cramps and sprains.

Are you not feeling productive? Drink a glass of water, several times throughout your day.

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