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7 USEFUL TOOLS FOR MONITORING HYDRATION

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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!

Water Logged Hydration App

Waterlogged hydration App

  • Waterlogged

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.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/waterlogged-drink-more-water/id352199775?mt=8

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idrated hydration app

  • iDrated

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.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/idrated-water-track-log-your/id515908891?mt=8

Plant Nanny App

Plant nanny water application

  • Plant Nanny

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!

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/plant-nanny-water-reminder/id590216134?mt=8

Daily Water Free Application

Daily Water Free Application

  • Daily Water Free

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.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/daily-water-free-water-reminder/id466387763?mt=8

Had enough of App based tools, we found this ground breaking idea from Halo Wearables, take a look online and judge for yourself.

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.

This could be the future of hydration monitoring!

https://share.sandia.gov/news/resources/news_releases/electrolyte_sensor/#.V6NkXtIrLIU

  • Back to basics…

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.

Dehydration: Know the Score

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Keep hydrated with a fresh glass of water

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
• tiredness
• 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!

Read more here: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Dehydration/Pages/Introduction.aspx

How Your Brain Becomes Addicted To Coffee

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When it comes to coffee, we just can’t get enough. Although an estimated 80% of Americans sink several cups a day, they’re not the only caffeine cravers. In 2013, the BBC explored the impact coffee consumption may be having on us Brits, too. Now could be the time to get a hold of our caffeine habits – but first, let’s take a look at what makes it so hard for caffeine addicts to moderate their intake.

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How does it work?

Although people still may not realise it, caffeine is a chemically addictive drug. Without a chemistry degree, it can be difficult to understand why coffee becomes a vital lifeline that we depend upon. But in layman’s terms, our brains simply get used to the intake.

Caffeine gets into the brain and blocks the receptors for naturally-occuring adenosine. The filling of these receptors with adenosine is what contributes to tiredness, which caffeine interferes with. Blocked adenosine receptors can also cause the release of natural stimulants like dopamine and adrenaline, which make you feel, well, ‘perky’ and alert.

Drinking coffee every day doesn’t have to be a bad thing – in fact, it can have some positive effects when consumed in moderation. Some studies claim that the body absorbs the antioxidants provided by coffee quicker than it does from fruit and vegetables. Drinking a few cups a day can keep you alert at the office and even improve concentration levels – making you more productive as a result.

Coffee consumption only becomes an issue over time, as excess consumption means drinkers will build up a tolerance to the effects of caffeine – meaning they need to drink significantly more to achieve the desired ‘buzz’.

 

Controlling your caffeine intake 

The problem with consuming so much of the hot stuff is that, once we start drinking it regularly (and excessively), it stops giving us the ‘kick’ we crave. While caffeine consumption can have positive effects, too much of the drug can have some side effects. The ‘alert’ feeling we get from consuming coffee is exactly what keeps us going back for more – but if we have too much, we lose that feeling.

With coffee shops more popular than ever, it’s easy to see how the coffee bean has become an essential part of daily life – particularly for employees who rely on a regular fix to bring some scrumptious sustenance to their working day. From alluring americanos to indulgent lattes, we just can’t get enough – and the key is to think about how much we drink. Living by the ‘everything in moderation’ mantra, coffee can be a tasty treat and a welcome perk during your working day.

 

A healthier you

If you’re looking to control your caffeine intake, there’s no time like the present. Introduce some water to your work breaks and get the best of both worlds! Proven to help with brain activity and keep us alert throughout the day, there really is no substitute for H2O.

Coffee may be a tasty treat, but variety is the spice of life – and water is an essential part of our everyday. If you’re thinking about making some healthy changes, Eden Springs can help with that. Check out our wide range of eco-friendly water coolers to hydrate your office today.

Are you drinking enough water?

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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.

 

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The Secret to a Motivated Workforce

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Motivating your workforce can be somewhat difficult, especially when many of the tried and tested methods are fast becoming tired exercises. Luckily for you, there’s a formula for professional drive – and it’s an easy one to crack. Better still, it can be as easy as a little liquid motivation. Fresh water, that is.

There are, of course, an array of essential management skills which impact on employee productivity – all of which are uniquely valuable – but one immensely effective way of keeping your staff thirsty for work is simply to lead them to water.

Here are just some of the ways that an office water cooler can mean big things for your company’s output.

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The Culture

Having a cohesive working environment is key to employee productivity. By cultivating a feeling of synergy among your staff, you can have a team whose primary instinct it is to work effectively. One incredibly simple way to instil that sense of office culture in your workforce is through the use of office water coolers. It may not seem like it, but touches as minimal as this can have a profound effect on office morale and the overall unity of the team. Having a space, however small, to congregate with their fellow employees provides a welcome interval to their working day and can be a catalyst for huge productivity.

 

The Science

Having an office water cooler not only offers some light relief for your employees, but also provides numerous health benefits for your team. Firstly, water is excellent for your employees’ energy levels. Our bodies become dehydrated overnight, which is only worsened by caffeine – so trading in regular coffee breaks for trips to the water cooler should leave your employees revitalised and ready to perform. The otherwise likely sluggishness, fatigue and irritability resulting from dehydration are best avoided if you’re looking for a workforce that is bright and efficient.

Mental alertness means your employees are not only better prepared to work, but also equipped to work at their best. Simply by taking advantage of fresh water’s various benefits, you can have work completed more quickly and to a higher standard. A simple cup of water also flushes out toxins, and keeps the oxygen and nutrients in your bloodstream flowing nicely. On top of that, regular water intake is great for your kidneys, you can’t fight benefits like that.

As a general rule, your employees should be drinking between 100 and 200ml of water at frequent intervals throughout the day –equating to around 8 full glasses. This amount of water is necessary to replace what’s lost through perspiration through the day. So, by providing easily accessible, easily dispensable fresh water in the workplace, you’re able to keep your employees healthy and, as a result, optimise business output.

 

Ready to join the water cooler revolution? Introduce a cooler to your office and watch productivity levels skyrocket – it really is good stuff.

Why Water Is So Important?

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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:

 

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Your Brain

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%.

 

Your Heart

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.

Your Liver

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.

Your Lungs

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.

Your Skin

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.

Your Kidneys

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.

Your Bones

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.

Staying Hydrated At Work: What Workers Say About Their Daily Drinking Habits

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It is about that time of year when the weather starts to heat up and it is important that we all stay hydrated, especially at work. Are you making sure you drink enough water throughout the day? Maybe it is time for a trip to the water cooler!

 

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5 Fun Ways To Make Your Water More Exciting

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Stay hydrated at work with these top tips for turning your average glass of water into a revitalising treat.

5 fun ways to make your water more exciting

Slice

Add slices of cucumber – Cucumber contains B which are effective in ridding
the body of toxins from the digestive system, therefore aiding digestion.

Squeeze

Add a Squeeze of citrus – Oranges, lemons and limes are an excellent
source of Vitamin C and they can help to boost your immune system.

Crush

Add some crushed fresh mint leaves – Mint leaves have anti-bacterial and
anti-inflammatory properties that fight against tooth decay and bad breath.

Infuse

Infuse your water with berries – Strawberries and raspberries are rich in fibre
and antioxidants helping to lower your cholesterol and prevent heart disease.

Freeze

Freeze grapes and use them as ice cubes – Grapes are rich in antioxidants and
have the ability to treat constipation, indigestion, fatigue and kidney disorders.

The Office Watering Hole: A Hub of Productivity

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Why Face-To-Face Water Cooler Moments Will Improve Your Productivity

Once considered the hiding place for employees taking an extended lunch break or catching up on personal gossip, managers are now realising that water coolers are an essential investment for any office. Besides the obvious health benefits – which aren’t to be ignored – research has indicated that the humble water cooler can act as a meeting point, forming a hub of office productivity.

 

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Much like a watering hole on the plains of the Serengeti brings all kinds of animals and exotic creatures together, in an office, the water cooler acts as a hotspot for employee interaction. At the watering hole, lions and zebras meet side by side, both agreeing to mutual peace (however temporary this may be!). In an office environment, the water cooler levels the playing field, where everyone from CEOs to interns can meet to quench their thirst and discuss work. Formal meetings create an unnatural environment for human interaction, and their cold and sterile nature can negatively impact your employee’s ability to respond to questions or actively participate.

Studies have shown that water coolers act as a venue for ‘micro-meetings’, whereby employees interact and exchange information without even realising they’re doing it. In fact, the information exchanged in these informal and quick ‘chats’ is often more valuable than that exchanged in a board-room meeting. This is due to the fact that employees can become anxious in formal environments – productivity and creativity are maximised when your employees are relaxed and stress free.

To some extent, having a water cooler in the office even keeps your employees more active – it’s alarming the number of office workers who don’t leave their desk during the day. Having a water cooler gives them a chance to get away for a minute, stretch their legs and refresh their mind, boosting their productivity.

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Approximately 60% of our body’s mass is made up of water, proving it’s essential that we keep well hydrated. In fact, nearly 75% of our brain is made up of water, and research has established a clear link between hydration and our ability to think clearly. If this percentage dips by even a small amount, our brains simply cannot function as efficiently. Scientific research has proven that dehydration has a serious negative affect on our ability to concentrate on tasks. Dehydration has also been proven to impact on our short-term memory, and the more dehydrated we are, the less effectively we are able to recall our thoughts. Have you ever lost your train of thought at work? Perhaps it’s time for a trip to the water cooler.

So what are you waiting for? Give your office a healthy boost of productivity with a new water cooler. Eden Springs is the leading water cooler supplier in the UK. Check out our website to view our extensive range of water coolers and coffee machines.