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Our Most Valuable Natural Resource Will Improve Your Productivity at Work

August 16, 2011

Do you drink enough water? Anyone who has ever worked with me knows of my love of water.  The first thing I do when I get up in the morning and last thing I do at night is have a drink of water.  I carry my water bottle with me to every meeting throughout the day too.  Now there is scientific proof to show that drinking enough water can actually enhance your performance at work.

The book, The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz , subscribes to a lot of the philosophies I use behind my coaching, training, retreats, and culture and engagement work I do with my clients.  Research was done for this book that shows everyday we lose between 2.5 to 3 litres of water automatically each day.  Now add exercise on top of that and you are really running a hydration deficit that can affect your work performance and your mood.

Dehydration of 1 to 2 per cent results in a decline in mental performance and 5 and 10 per cent decline in physical performance. And by the time you actually begin to feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated by 1 to 2 per cent.

Drinking water also helps to flush toxins out of your system and it can help you lose weight by making you feel fuller, longer.

On the flip side, coffee, soft drinks, alcohol, and dairy products can be energy zappers.  The best bet to charge you up to be at your best really is water.

Carey-Ann’s tips to help you drink more water:

  • Have a stainless steel water bottle with you throughout the day and take it with you to your meetings
  • Think about the effect that hydration is having on your mind and body…consciously making this decision is key to forming the habit of drinking more water.
  • Try-a-trial.  For two weeks, commit to drinking 8 to 12 glasses of water each day.  After that, you will feel so much healthier and sharper at work.  Trust me, you will be hooked!
  • Change it up.  For those of you that find water a bit boring to drink, try adding a lemon or cucumber slice in your glass or bottle of water.

Anyone have more water suggestions? We’d love to hear from you on our blog.

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