While WFH you may find yourself drinking less water than usual. You may even get to the end of the day without having a single glass. It’s important to drink 2-2.5L of water per day to keep your body functioning at its best. If you are a very active person, or you are sweating a lot (especially in the warmer months) you may even need to drink more than this. Read on to find out why water is important and how to make sure are drinking enough while WFH!
Why is hydration important?
Water is an essential component of many of our bodily functions and accounts for up to 70% of our body weight. It’s important for the effective digestion of the food we eat and our temperature control through sweating. Water also plays an important role in blood pressure and the condition of our skin. If we’re not getting enough water, some of our key bodily processes can start to suffer. Dehydration can even result in impaired cognitive function and decreased physical performance. Since water plays such a key role in our health, it is important to make sure we stay hydrated day to day.
How do you know if you are hydrated?
Signs that you’re dehydrated include headaches, dry mouth, constipation and fatigue. However, one of the main ways to quickly spot if you need to drink more water is by the colour of your urine. If your urine is pale and odourless it’s a sign that you are hydrated. If your urine is slightly darker, this may suggest you need to drink some more water. However, if your urine is dark and strong-smelling, this is a sign you are very dehydrated. If this is the case, you should drink a few glasses of water, and then make sure you continue to drink consistently throughout the rest of the day.
How to make sure you are getting enough water
To ensure you are functioning at your best, it’s recommended that you drink around 8-10 cups of water per day, or more if you are very active. This may seem difficult but the best way to drink the recommended amount of water is to spread it out throughout the day. Below are some of our favourite ways to increase the amount of water you are drinking:
- Try filling up a large 1L drink bottle and aiming to drink a full bottle before lunch and another in the afternoon.
- Sip on water (rather than other drinks) during your meals.
- Always have a bottle/glass of water on your desk while you work. This acts as a reminder to drink water while you are working.
- Whenever your glass/drink bottle becomes empty, fill it back up… simple but effective!
- Spice up your water by adding some fruit. We love to add strawberries, lime and mint or lemon and lime. The combinations are endless!
- Some other drinks which make our favourite beverage list include mineral water, kombucha, herbal tea, coffee (no sugar) and fruit & veggie juices