On Sunday 28 September 2014, 500 people of all ages took part in the the London walk to cure diabetes, and Eden Springs supplied each participant with a free bottle of water to keep them perked up and hydrated for their walk! Check out some photos from the day and to find out more information about what you could do to help raise money for type 1 diabetes visit www.jdrf.org.uk.
We’ve talked about the health benefits of drinking tea, but what type of tea is the best for different areas of the body? Hover over different areas of the body to find out what type of tea you should be drinking!
Coffee’s calming counterpart, tea is a staple of British society and a beverage enjoyed by millions of people across the globe every day. Of course, we all know tea is a cupful of soothing, scrumptious goodness, but what some of you may not know is that a daily brew can be a life-saver in the long term. Tea’s health benefits are just about innumerable – and we’ve got just some of the reasons tea-drinkers can count themselves lucky they’ve got a case of the leaf love.
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It keeps your heart healthy.
The magical serum that is green tea has a boatload of health benefits to its name – not least its ability to improve your heart’s endothelial function (as long as you leave the milk out). Adding milk to your green tea will negate the tea’s cardioprotective benefits. Tea’s also proven to be effective in reducing the risk of heart attack and cardiovascular diseases – so for a healthy heart, make this your beverage of choice.
It helps protect your eyes.
Your eyes are delicate and entirely susceptible to oxidative stress. Back in 2010, a study revealed that green tea’s ingredients have a positive impact on your eyes – particularly the tissue in your retinas. So to keep your vision intact and your eyes healthy, a steaming hot cup of green tea certainly wouldn’t go amiss.
It keeps you young.
White tea’s sky-high polyphenol count means it’s pretty much the closest any of us will get to the fountain of youth. In one particular study, white tea extracts demonstrated anti-aging properties, helping to prevent wrinkles. By strengthening collagen and elastin, tea helps to fight one of 21st century society’s ultimate fears – the dreaded frown lines – all thanks to its natural protective benefits.
It relieves stress.
It’s no secret that a cosy cup of tea is the ultimate cure for our worldly worries. But how exactly has tea mastered the art of relaxation? It’s all science – in one scientific study, black tea was proven to reduce stress hormone levels in participants. And it doesn’t stop there – six months on black tea can even lower your systolic blood pressure, and you can’t argue with those benefits.
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It makes you big and strong.
As if green tea wasn’t already powerful enough, a regular dose of the stuff can increase your bone mineral density and even your strength. Thanks to the polyphenols contained in green tea, you can improve your fat-free mass percentage and strengthen your bones while you’re at it.
It fights disease.
Breast, skin, lung, stomach, liver and pancreatic cancers, as well as diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s are just some of the diseases that a cup of tea works to prevent. Through a combination of antioxidants and those powerful polyphenols, this miraculous drink manages to help keep dangerous and degenerative illnesses at bay – relieving stress in the process.
At Eden Springs, we know how important it is to stay healthy and hydrated – which is why we provide offices throughout the UK with eco-friendly coffee machines and water coolers. To give your business its daily caffeine fix, take a look at our office coffee solutions now.
We all know that drinking water is good for us but did you know that the time you drink it matters? Check out our tips below to maximise the effects of water on your body by drinking water at the right time.
The unbreakable bond between coffee and work is a fundamental part of modern civilisation, a pairing so perfect it’s infiltrated the very core of today’s working world. Employees looking to supplement their workload with something a little tastier have found the rewards of a nice hot brew and show no signs of quitting the caffeine.
So we know that coffee and work is a long-term love affair – but what’s their origin story, and what exactly makes this love such a big one?
Coffee is proven to have a direct and significant effect on employee performance, with a daily caffeine fix making a huge impact on office output. Caffeine gives your employees the vital energy required to cope with heavy workloads, allowing them to perform effectively and productively. The caffeine is absorbed into the bloodstream within in a matter of minutes, and the resulting energy can last for several hours.
The jolt that an early morning brew sends into our central nervous systems keeps us awake and alert – in our most productive state – and leaves the mind clear, logical and prime for working performance. Not only that, but coffee can even alleviate the everyday aches and pains associated with office work – in the neck, shoulders, forearms and wrists – leaving staff pain-free and on top form throughout the day.
The 21st century institution that is the coffee break dates back to the mid-20th century, with the regime made a part of many working contracts following WWII. Today the office coffee break is both a standard and essential component of every employee’s working day, offering a chance to socialise amongst their colleagues, hydrating and mentally refuelling in the process. These regular breaks allow workers to get their productivity-propelling caffeine fix in short and frequent bursts throughout the day – making for a workforce that is satisfied and stimulated at all times.
And for those of you who are partial to a casual coffee house rendezvous, you’ll be pleased to hear that even this has the scientific justifications to back it up. A low to moderate level of ambient sound, rather than distracting workers, is actually proven to boost creativity – making coffee shops an ideal location for some out-of-office brainwaves.
In addition to the undeniable professional and social benefits of the office coffee, the relationship between coffee and work even boasts some hefty health benefits on top. Drinking four or more cups of coffee a day can decrease your risk of contracting diabetes by as much as 50%, while female employees drinking at least three each day are less likely to develop skin cancer later in life.
In a more everyday sense, caffeinated workers make for contented workers – with caffeine sending more fatty acids into the old bloodstream to be absorbed and used for energy, fighting the inertia often associated with the working day. Better yet, even the sweet scent of a hot cup of coffee can fight the stress resulting from sleep deprivation – powerful stuff.
The relationship between coffee and work is one that’s built to last, offering employees the world over a reliable pick-me-up with some rather hefty long-term benefits – and it’s not hard to see why this is a societal bond that can’t be broken.
If you’re ready to give your employees the coffee machine of their dreams, Eden Springs can help. We provide offices throughout the UK with eco-friendly coffee solutions with the power to maximise your business’s productivity – and keep your workforce happy and hydrated all day long.
A properly designed workspace is an important component of well-being at work; some simple things can make a big difference.
If you are like many people who spend hours each day hunched over a keyboard and in front of a computer screen, then office ergonomics is an important issue for you. Sitting at a desk all day puts pressure on your back, neck and shoulders. A properly designed work space is the key to preventing many musculoskeletal disorders. Here is some simple advice on how to improve the ergonomics of your work station:
Eyestrain is a common sign of prolonged computer use, which may manifest itself in many ways:
sore, tired, dry and itchy eyes,
blurred or double vision,
headache and sore neck,
difficulty shifting focus between monitor and paper documents,
increased sensitivity to light.
To give the eyes a much-needed rest, follow this simple advice:
Rest your eyes frequently during the day by closing them for 5 seconds.
Throughout the day, force your eyes to focus on something other than your screen for a few seconds.
Give the eyes a five-minute break from the screen at least once every hour – stand up, move around, or do non-computer work during this period.
Make a conscious effort to blink more – many people blink less than normal when working at a computer, resulting in dry eyes. Blinking helps moisten and lubricate the eyes.
Computer Screen Set-up
Making some minor changes to your monitor can greatly reduce eyestrain:
Adjust the brightness of your screen and keep it clean and free of dust.
Enlarge the image or documents on your screen to make them easier to read.
Where possible position your monitor on your workstation to reduce reflections from lights or windows.
To test for glare, sit at your desk with the monitor turned off; this allows you to see the reflected light and images you don’t normally see when the monitor is on. Adjust the source of glare if possible, or move the monitor accordingly. Tilting the screen down slightly often helps.
A chair that is adjusted properly helps you maintain good posture, which helps reduce the amount of strain on your back. Take a moment to adjust your seat to suit your height:
Lower back (lumbar) support and cushioning – adjust to your comfort level.
Backrest angle – approximately 90o.
Seat height and angle – relative to the desk height and your leg length – the desk should be at waist/navel height, your knees should be parallel with your hips, and your feet should rest comfortable on the floor.
Work Station Set-up
For the optimal set-up of your work station, frequently used items should be easily visible and within a 45o radius to minimize any twisting movements of your back; they should be within arms-reach, so there is no need for your back to leave the chair.
Position your monitor directly in front of you approximately arms length from your eyes.
Keep the top of your screen at eye level or slightly below, so that you look down slightly at your work.
Position your keyboard directly in front of your monitor; if you place it at an angle or the side, your eyes have to focus at different distances, which is tiring.
Place documents on a document holder beside your monitor at the same level, angle and distance as the monitor to prevent your eyes from constantly having to readjust focus.
Balancing the demands of work life and home can be a major source of stress; some simple techniques can help you improve your well-being and quality of life.
Do you spend more time at work than you do at home?
In today’s global workplace of advanced communications people now have the ability to work almost anywhere – from their home, their car, even while they are on vacation. Thanks to technology like cell phones, laptops, and video conferencing, many people are working longer hours than they used to and the boundary between work and personal time has blurred. But when your work life and your personal life are out of balance, your stress level can soar.
It isn’t easy to juggle the demands of career and personal life. For most people it’s an on-going challenge. Here is some advice from the experts on how to maintain the balance:
1. Protect Your Day Off
Try to schedule some of your routine chores on workdays so that your days off are more relaxing.
2. Keep A Log
Track everything you do for one week, including work-related and non-work related activities. After you see your patterns, decide where to make adjustments, such as cutting or delegating activities you don’t enjoy, or which aren’t priorities.
3. Manage Your Time
Organise household tasks efficiently, for example: doing one load of laundry every day, rather than saving it all up for your day off.
4. Nurture Yourself
Set aside some time each day for an activity you enjoy, such as reading, listening to music, or practicing a favourite sport or hobby. This will help you to decompress after a hectic day.
5.Get Enough Sleep
There’s nothing as stressful and potentially dangerous as working when you are sleep deprived. Not only is your productivity affected, but you can also make costly mistakes. You may then have to work even more hours to make up for these mistakes.
6. Communicate Clearly
Eliminate time-consuming misunderstandings by communicating clearly and listening carefully. Take notes; write lists, etc. to keep yourself organised.
7. Set Aside One Night Each Week For Recreation
Take the phone of the hook, turn off the computer and TV, and discover the activities that you can do with family and friends. Making time for the people and activities you enjoy will rejuvenate you.
8. Bolster Your Support System
During times of stress it can often help just to talk about it with a trusted family member, friend or co-worker. You may also want to consider professional help such as your doctor, a psychologist or a counsellor.
According to some experts, a lack of physical activity is one of the most serious health issues facing our modern society. Finding time for exercise during your busy day may not always be easy, but there are some simple things you can do to keep yourself fit.
Doctors recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity a day as part of a healthy lifestyle, but finding time for exercise during your busy day may not always be easy. However, there are some simple things you can do at work that can help:
Take a walk during your lunch break; asking friends and co-workers to join you can help keep it fun and keep you motivated.
Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
Take a stretch break – performing some stretching exercises throughout the day can help relieve common aches and pains, tension, and loosen stiff muscles.
The following are some simple stretching exercises you can do at your work station. Perform the following stretches frequently throughout your work day. Hold the position for 5-10 seconds, relax, and repeat 3 times.
Clutching a pen or typing on a keyboard can make your hands stiff and tight. This stretch will help reinvigorate the muscles in your hands: Separate and straighten your fingers until you feel a stretch, keeping your hand in alignment with your wrist. Next, bend the end and middle knuckles of your fingers, keeping your hand and wrist in the same position.
Standing and holding on to something, lift one foot up towards the buttocks, keeping the knees together. Pause and then lower the foot to the floor. Repeat with the opposite foot.
Reach behind your head and place your hand on your upper back, keeping your arm close to your ear. Gently hold your elbow with your opposite hand. Pull your elbow toward the back of your head and reach your hand toward the middle of your back until you feel a gentle stretch. Pause, and then repeat on the other side.
Arm and Shoulder Stretch
Lace your fingers together and turn your palms facing out; straighten your arms in front of you and hold.
Tuck your chin in, lengthening the back of your neck. Then turn your head to the left. Pause and then bring it back to the centre. Pause and then turn to the right.
Roll your shoulders up towards your ears, hold; then roll your shoulders back and down, squeezing briefly between your shoulder blades.
Most people spend the majority of their waking hours at work, which makes it the most important place to care about well-being. Employees who take care of their well-being are generally healthier, more productive, less prone to illness and injury, and therefore, lead a better quality of life.
So here are 10 tips to improve your well-being at work:
Since the body continually looses water – 2.5 to 3 litres per day – through normal body functions, this water needs to be replaced to keep the body healthy. Ironically, the sensation of thirst occurs only after the body has started to become dehydrated. For this reason it is very important to drink water often, without waiting to feel thirsty. By the time you begin to feel thirsty, the body is already dehydrated to a level of 0,8% to 2% of body weight.
Here are just a few of the many important roles water plays in the functions of the body:
Your brain tissue consists of 85% water. When you are not properly hydrated it may be your brain that starts to feel the effects, with headaches, poor concentration and reduced short-term memory. Even your ability to perform arithmetic and the rapidity of your psychomotor skills can be reduced. This is due to the fact that dehydration causes the level of energy production in the brain to decrease. Studies have shown that a person’s ability to concentrate progressively declines when the body is subject to a water deficiency of just 1 to 2%.
The heart consists of 77% water. Clinical studies have shown that adequate hydration may improve the way your heart works and reduce your risk of developing heart disease.
The Liver consists of 73% water. Its function is to convert the body’s fat into energy it can use. But if the liver is forced to help in the work of the kidneys due to insufficient water consumption, the body will accumulate extra fat that would have been burned if there had been adequate water intake.
As counter-intuitive as it may sound, your body needs water to breath: the lungs consist of 85% water. In order to take in oxygen and eliminate carbon dioxide, our lungs must be continually moistened with water. The average person looses between half to one litre of water per day just by breathing. When the body is dehydrated it tries to prevent respiratory water loss by producing histamines which close off the capillaries in the lungs. This reduces water loss, but makes breathing more difficult.
The skin is the largest human organ, both by weight and by surface area, consisting of 70% water. We loose a percentage of our body’s water everyday by evaporation through the skin. The environment in which we work, with climate-controlled heating and air conditioning, low humidity, and even simple things like soap and cleaning solutions can damage the protective outer layer of the skin, reducing its ability to hold moisture. When you are not drinking enough to compensate the for the body’ water loss, you may notice your skin feeling dry; moisturizers or body lotions can treat the symptoms, however the best solution is to reach for a glass of water and moisturize from the inside.
The kidneys are made of 80% water. Their function is to remove waste products from the body, which are dissolved in water. When there is not enough water these waste products are not removed effectively which can cause damage to the kidneys. The National Kidney Research Foundation recommends that drinking two litres of water a day can reduce your risk of developing kidney stones.
Even your bones have a high level of water in them – approximately 22%. Water is also necessary to ensure the smooth movement of bone joints. The cartilaginous tissue at the end of the bones retains water to lubricate the movement of your joints. When well hydrated the two opposing surfaces slide smoothly; if the cartilage is dehydrated, the damage from friction increases, causing deterioration of the joints and leading to pain, such as arthritis.