Keeping your workforce cool this summer could be as simple as hydrating them with cool water, according to scientific studies. Research shows that the temperature of the water could have an impact on your employees’ performance levels.
A study by hydration scientists published in the Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise found that consumption of cold drinks during prolonged exercise results in improved performance. Ice didn’t help, according to the research, but the research study concluded that for athletes drinks should ‘be cold for performance and safety reasons’.
Even a small drop in hydration levels can result in reduced performance and concentration levels at work. As little as 1 per cent loss of body weight due to dehydration can take its toll. This research shows that in warm workplaces, hot drinks just aren’t as effective at hydrating us.
Water coolers supplied by a BWCA member are not only providing cool water conveniently and at the right temperature but also ensuring safe hydration because every one of our members undergoes rigorous safety accreditations and inspections.
Thirst plays a surprisingly insignificant role in ensuring we have an adequate water intake, as a result of which some scientists say millions of us are suffering the effects of dehydration.
But it’s not just how much you drink that matters. Some consideration must also be made to what is drunk. Tea, coffee or anything that contains caffeine may act as a diuretic and stimulate urine production, even though the body might need to keep it.
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