7 Useful Tools For Monitoring Hydration – We’ve taken a look through the internet and have found some excellent tools to help you monitor your hydration levels throughout the day. Each one is designed to help keep you healthy, happy and productive.
Our mobile devices are less and less being used as phones, they have turned into our PA’s our child minders and even our fitness trainers. With so many apps out there we’ve picked a few to help maintain your hydration levels, some functional and some fun!
Waterlogged hydration App
Hey, you’re not drinking enough water. Waterlogged can help you with its charts and reminders. Every 6 seconds, someone around the world is using the Waterlogged application to track & improve their daily water intake. This APP works with Fitbit & by using photos of your favourite containers you can spend less than 60 seconds a day tracking your water intake.
Don’t get irate with the lack of water you are drinking, use iDrated and keep track of your water intake. With simplicity and gesture-based interaction at its core iDrated makes it quick and simple to log your water levels and check how hydrated you are. It can even give you a gentle nudge when the app isn’t running should you need the extra incentive. Log your water intake quickly and easily with a simple swipe.
Plant Nanny combines health with fun to remind you to drink water regularly. The cute plant keeps you company every day by living in your phone. In order to keep it alive and help it grow, you must give it water at certain periods of time. Choose your cup size and then as you drink you feed the cute little plant. Mutually beneficial and very motivating!
So, as we know water plays a very important role in our body, it transports nutrients and oxygen into cells, regulates body temperature, helps with metabolism and so on, drinking enough water can help us lose weight, look younger with healthier skin, less likely to get sick, helps in digestion and constipation, relieves fatigue, have a good mood and so on…
This more functional app is simple and easy to use and like many of the others allows you to set your daily intake goal and track it. Each time you grab a glass of water you simply touch the screen to log the intake.
Halo has developed the first ever real-time and non-invasive hydration monitoring technology. Their proprietary solution uses a combination of sensors to track an individual’s hydration at the cellular level. Electrical and optical sensors monitor fluid content and movement in and between both the intravascular and interstitial fluid compartments in the body.
It tells you how and when to optimise your water intake and keep fit.
The future is around the corner
Sandia National Laboratories researcher Ronen Polsky and colleagues are patenting a prototype model that can analyze various electrolyte levels on the spot, yet fit in a palm or be worn on a wrist. The device, when commercially available, could decrease the time ordinary citizens, athletes and the military must spend in emergency rooms, lab testing facilities or doctors’ offices.
“This is the future of personalized health care,” said Polsky. “These wearable technologies are just starting to come out in different forms. It’s inevitable that people will go there.”
The device is painless because it employs microneedles so tiny they don’t traumatize nerves when pressed into the skin. It also samples only interstitial fluid — the liquid between skin cells. Thus the device has the potential for long-term, noninvasive use.
Then let’s go back to basics. I know it’s grim, but one of the simplest wasy to monitor your hydration is through toilet trip frequency and the colour of your urine. Healthy and hydrated bodies produce urine that is a light yellow in colour. It also make sense that the more you intake, the more visits to the loo you can expect – on average 5-8 times per day.
Water makes up over two-thirds of the healthy human body. It lubricates the joints and eyes, aids digestion, flushes out waste and toxins, and keeps the skin healthy.
Some of the early warning signs of dehydration include:
• feeling thirsty and lightheaded
• a dry mouth
• having dark coloured, strong-smelling urine
• passing urine less often than usual
It is well known how dangerous and potentially life threatening severe dehydration can be, but what of the effects of mild dehydration? According to scientists the feeling of thirst that we all experience, is often an indication that our bodies are already becoming dehydrated. In fact a recent study concluded that even mild dehydration can affect our mood and ability to concentrate. Feelings of thirst, fatigue and irritability are subtle warnings from our body that fluid is needed to restore equilibrium and to stop further symptoms such as headaches and dizziness developing.
Adults should aim to drink at least six to eight glasses of water daily to keep us adequately hydrated, more if we are exercising. It is easy in the workplace when deadlines are looming and despite your best efforts your inbox refuses to shrink, to forget to do something as simple as have a drink. We often attribute fatigue, headaches and diminishing concentration in the office to pressure and stress, when actually we should be heading to the water cooler and nourishing our hardworking brains and bodies with that life sustaining substance, water!
So next time you start to feel those tell-tale signs, you know what to do!
Turn your average glass of water into a revitalising treat by adding a squeeze of orange. This will also provide your body with an excellent source of Vitamin C. You could try adding some crushed fresh mint leaves instead.
Drinking water keeps your mind clear and focused on the task at hand. Apps such as Daily Water helps you track the amount of fluid you drink and reminds you to drink water at the right time.
4. Get yourself a water bottle
Use a pen to mark time goals for yourself on the bottle. For example, by 10am you will aim to drink a quarter of the bottle. This is a good way of working out how many litres of water you are drinking on a daily basis.
5. Eat your water
Do you find it difficult to drink your daily water recommendation? Then how about eating foods that will aid hydration, such as cucumber and lettuce?
Do you often feel tired or fatigued? Is this affecting your productivity and motivation whilst at work? Well maybe you are not drinking enough water!
A recent study conducted by The National Hydration Council reveals that dehydration is thought to be the cause of one in ten visits to the GP in the UK for tiredness and fatigue. This diagnosis came as a shock to some patients with more than a third of them notably feeling better after drinking more water.
More findings reveal that:
Image courtesy of The National Hydration Council
One fifth of GP visits are down to tiredness and fatigue
Dehydration is thought to be the cause of one in ten consultations for tiredness and fatigue
Half of GPs in the UK would prefer to have more time to look at people’s hydration habits
GPs advise people follow the NHS recommendations on daily fluid intake
How much water do you need to drink?
1 in 250 people fail to meet their total daily fluids needs in the UK, so use the Eden Springs water calculator to find out how much water your body really needs.
The right way to drink water
Drinking water can have various health benefits but also remaining hydrated helps your brain to stay alert and motivated throughout the day. This will no doubt increase your workplace motivation.
If you are someone who doesn’t particularly enjoy drinking water check out out tips on how to make it a bit more exciting.
It may seem ironic, but the busier our working lives are, the more us office workers find ourselves sitting down. Do you ever get to the end of your working day and realise you’ve hardly left your desk? Studies show that fitness (or lack thereof) is heavily influenced by how much time we spend stationary. In a previous post, we discussed how fitness and productivity are inextricably linked and the effect this could be having on our performance in the workplace. In this blog, we’re going to give you some actionable tips that will allow you to get fit and stay focused.
Move more, think more
In an article published in October 2014, the NHS discussed how sitting for long periods of time has been linked to ‘being overweight and obese, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and premature death’. While this sounds scary, small changes to the working day can help to prevent future health issues before they arise – starting with taking regular breaks.
Working hard is a commendable trait in any employee, but prolonged periods of concentration mean your staff will find themselves sitting for longer than is healthy. From using free standing desks to walking around the office, there’s plenty we can do to keep active. And if standing up doesn’t break a sweat, you could even invest in treadmill desks to get your staff going! While bringing the gym into the office may seem like a strange concept, it actually makes a lot of sense. With new studies proving that treadmills in the workplace not only improve concentration but help staff retain information, this could be the ideal solution to keep their bodies (and brains) as active as possible.
While exercise is great, keeping fit isn’t just about getting moving. Ensuring your staff are hydrated is an integral part of keeping them fit and healthy, and a water cooler in the office is a great way to do just that. While the novelty of a trip to the water cooler will encourage them to get up from their seats regularly, the refreshing H2O will also guarantee your employees stay alert throughout the working day.
Graze on the go
Refuelling throughout the day is an essential part of keeping our brains active – but it’s easy to get into the habit of eating lunch at our desks and failing to venture outside. Although your staff may seem like they’re being more productive by working through their breaks, the lack of exercise is more likely to lead to a break in concentration. Lunch hours are your staff’s greatest opportunity to incorporate activity into their working day – and you can help. Encouraging them to leave the office during their lunch break and go for a walk or dine al fresco means your staff are more likely to come back to work refreshed and raring to go.
If you want to encourage fitness in the workplace, you can keep your staff happy and healthy by making sure they have access to plenty of fluids. Invest in one of Eden Springs’ eco-friendly coffee machine or water cooler for your office and you can ensure your staff stay hydrated and their brains and bodies stay healthy all day long.
World Water Day is considered a key date in the diary for any company operating in the drinks industry and this is certainly true for Eden Springs.
Created by the United Nations and celebrated every 22nd March since 1993, World Water Day works to increase awareness of the importance of water.
This year, World Water Day’s theme is based on sustainable development. We at Eden Springs have set out to support this, working with People Help People (PhP) – One World, to build more wells in Central Africa. As a sign of our commitment, with every bottled water cooler installed in March, we will make a contribution of £3 to PhP-One World.
PhP-One World is one of Eden’s long-term charity partners and works to help communities in Central Africa gain access to clean drinking water and development projects. The project is building several clean water wells in the Wakiso district of Uganda which in turn is helping to improve access to drinking water for this area’s 1.4 million inhabitants – 70% of whom don’t have a source of clean water. Could you imagine a life where on average you live 5km away from a clean water source? This is the case for many communities in Central Africa.
We have found that in many communities health, education, income and general development is negatively impacted due to a lack of water. That’s why we believe it’s vitally important to support where we can.
Did you know?:
17% of girls drop out of school due to poor hygiene
10% of boys spend time fetching water compared to focus on studies
17% of children under five die from diarrhoea
Eden Springs wants to help World Water Day in promoting and recognising the suffering that takes place across the world due to lack of water. Join us this month of March and support our campaign to make water a priority!
At Eden Springs, water is truly at the heart of our business. We go further than just providing office water and coffee solutions across Europe – we work with selected charity partners to help bring clean, safe drinking water to communities who need it, across the globe.
Eden’s “Every Drop Counts” corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme runs across all our European offices. A key focus of the initiative is supporting our current corporate not-for-profit partner, People Help People (PhP) – One World, in its work in Central Africa. Prior to this we worked with Unicef from 2007-2010.
Water is a basic human right. It doesn’t just for keep communities alive – it enables them to thrive. For example, many young people end up dropping out of school as a result of bad hygiene, either due to illness or because of the time it takes to travel to reach a safer water source each day. Increasing education gives people the chance to gain good employment and makes a real difference to their lives and the community for the long term.
We support PhP-One World because of the important work the non-profit organization is doing in Tanzania and Uganda to help improve living conditions, including access to clean water and education, in developing countries. We get a complete view of the results of the project’s work and know they are really making a difference.
As well as global charities, our individual offices support projects of importance to their local community. In Sweden, this has included the Noll-tolerans mot mobbning (zero tolerance against bullying in schools) project, in France, Solidarités, an NGO helping people in conflict and natural disaster areas, in Poland WOSP (the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity). In the UK, Eden Springs has raised funds for the British Teenage Cancer Trust.
So, water is truly at the heart of the business thanks to our Every Drop Counts initiative. We’ll keep you posted on the projects we’re supporting across the globe and closer to home.
Whatever the workplace, is it crucial that employees stay hydrated in order to remain motivated and focused. Some workforces need water more than others, however, and 2014 saw a 2% increase in the UK water cooler industry. Market analysts at Zenith International revealed that this increase is most likely due to the increase in bottled water consumption at construction sites. So, how many litres of water are construction sites going through in a week? Find out below!
Gone are the days of sad cubicles, bright fluorescent light rails and undecorated white walls, where office spaces were designed to provide as little distraction as possible. Today, corporate giants like Google, Red Bull and General Motors are proving that unconventional workspaces actually simulate creativity and innovation, resulting in happy, devoted and hardworking employees. This way of thinking also applies to the areas of the office where employees head for a well-deserved break – with employers realising that offbeat breakout areas are the secret to sky-high productivity.
If your office is in need of a motivation max out, we’ve compiled some of the most effective office den designs out there.
Relaxation: the office breakroom
Most offices will already have a break room. No matter what your business, breaks offer your employees a chance to relax and recharge. Traditionally, the break room will feature the office fridge, a notice board, a big lunch table and a small kitchen – and, more often than not, the all-important coffee machine. In most offices, coffee is the lifeblood of an energised workforce. In fact, studies have shown that productivity plummets when the coffee runs out – so don’t skimp on the office coffee machines, whatever you do.
Peace and quiet: a room for distraction-free hard work
With flexi-time working and interchangeable workstations becoming increasingly common in today’s offices, more and more employees are seizing the chance to work the way they want. This creative approach to office layouts makes it easier to find a space free of distractions and primed for productivity. Creating a ‘quiet room’ designed for minimal distractions gives your team the opportunity to isolate themselves in the name of ultimate efficiency.
Office meetings: the conference room
The office conference room has been an office staple for years and provides a space designed with strategy in mind. As the conference room will be frequently visited by guests from outside the office, you’ll want it to reflect your company. Meetings can often run a lot longer than anticipated – so comfortable chairs are a big plus here, and putting a water cooler in your conference room will offer constant H2O access to keep hydration levels where they should be. So stock up on a water cooler for increased productivity during meetings. There are so many ways to optimise your office for peak performance – and it’s often the finer details that make the biggest difference. Introducing office art injects personality into the office and helps to inspire creativity in your employees, while plants bring life to an office environment and purify the air in the process. The options are practically limitless, so it’s all about choosing the layout that works for your business. If you’re ready to turn your office into a certified hydration station, you’ve come to the right place. At Eden Springs, our eco-friendly office coffee machines and water coolers help your employees to stay happy and hydrated all day long – take a look at the full range now to optimise your office.
Last week saw the return of the annual UK Bottled Water Conference hosted by Zenith International. Some of the findings revealed by Kantar Worldpanel were quite staggering. For example 60% of the UK population only drinks one glass of water a day or less, with 1 in 250 people failing to meet their total daily fluids needs. It is important that you stay hydrated, especially at work, as drinking water can help to improve alertness and productivity. Use the Eden Springs water calculator below to see just how much water per day you need to be drinking to keep your mind and body hydrated.