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How Drinking Water at Work can Help Your Productivity

Three employees gathered around the water coolerThe best office gossip is usually discussed around the water cooler, but are people really gathering around jug of water for the gossip or are they truly interested in the health benefits of water? For your boss’s sake, let’s say it’s because you’re interested in hydrating your body and staying healthy. Next time your boss says you’re spending too much time at the water cooler, inform them of the benefits of drinking plenty of water at work.

Drinking water in the workplace is critical for productivity and mental alertness. Our brains are 85% water and they depend on a constant flow of water in order to work properly. A water deficiency of even 2% can cause the brain to slow down and lose focus.

In addition to dehydration affecting productivity, it can also cause fatigue, poor digestion, prevent headaches and keep your joints and cartilage lubricate and moving smoothly. Water flushes out toxins, promotes weight loss, increases energy, boosts your immune system and it’s a lot cheaper than the sugary sodas in the vending machine.

The question now arises of how much water do adults need daily? The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day. However, your exact AI varies depending on how active you are, your climate and your health status. While that sounds like a lot of water, it’s easily achievable in the course of a day. The Mayo Clinic suggests you drink a glass of water or other calorie-free beverage with each meal and between each meal and to drink water before, during and after exercise. When in doubt, adhere to the 8×8 rule at a minimum; that is 8 glasses of water 8 times a day.

So bosses, remember that hydrated employees are happy employees and happy employees are productive employees. Next time you see someone at the water cooler or you boss asks why you left your desk for more water, explain that you’re increasing your productivity by staying hydrated. Now THAT’S a statement no boss can argue with.