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30 July 2015

EMPLOYERS MUST DO THEIR PART TO COMBAT WORKER DEHYDRATION THIS SUMMER, SAYS EDEN SPRINGS



With research showing that just over 10% of office workers drink enough water every day, and as summer temperatures continue to soar, Eden Springs is urging businesses to ensure their staff stay hydrated in the heat.

According to the British Heart Foundation, drinking 1.2 litres, or 6 to 8 glasses, of water daily is enough to ensure hydration during cooler weather, with water intake to be increased during hotter months.

A survey by Eden Springs, Europe's leading provider of workplace drinks solutions, showed that while 86% of employees think they should be drinking 5 or more glasses of water a day, only 13% are meeting this daily requirement, with less than half drinking only 1 or 2 glasses per day at work. With scientists predicting no end in sight to the higher-than-average temperatures spreading across Central and Southern Europe this summer,* Eden is encouraging employers to recognize that insufficient water consumption could be negatively impacting on office productivity.

Studies show that just a 1 to 2% drop in hydration levels can reduce our cognitive and physical performance levels by up to 10%. Dehydration symptoms include dizziness, headaches, tiredness and dryness around the mouth and eyes.

Eden Springs is urging companies to include water provision as part of their best practice employer policies, and to encourage their staff to drink more water in order to reduce health-related absences, increase worker morale and improve workplace productivity.

Raanan Zilberman, CEO at Eden Springs commented: "We encourage companies across Europe to ensure they offer fresh, clean drinking water free of charge to all employees, in the hot summer months and indeed year-round. Providing bottled water coolers or mains-fed water coolers in the office is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to ensure proper hydration and employee well-being."

Additional tips from Eden Springs for employees on staying hydrated in the heat include:
  • Begin your work day well hydrated and always keep a refillable bottle with you
  • After every restroom trip, drink a glass of water to replenish your fluids
  • Drinking cool water is best (10-15 degrees) as your body absorbs cooler water more quickly than warm fluids. Plain mineral water is ideal
  • Set reminders on your phone, watch or e-mail to have a drink every hour
  • Have a glass of water before each meal
  • Drink plenty of fluids within the hour before, during and after any strenuous activity
  • Monitor your urine, it should be pale and clear. If it's dark, drink more water.
  • Be aware that the caffeine found in coffee, tea and soda is a diuretic, meaning they increase your urine output
  • If travelling, be sure to be aware of your hydration levels
*UK Met Office, July-September forecast, July 2015

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