1) Helps you concentrate
If you lose as little as 1% of the water in your body (about two medium-sized glassfuls), this technically counts as thirst and means that your concentration, memory function, attention span and reaction time can decrease by about 10%.
Even downing a small glass of water can have a pretty immediate revitalising effect. No more drifting off during the boss’ tedious PowerPoint presentations then.
2) Stops headaches
Simply being thirsty can mean that you’re already mildly dehydrated and headaches or lightheadedness can be a symptom of dehydration. Glugging some water can help relieve dehydration headaches within 30 minutes. Good for any hangovers from that work night out last night. Just saying.
3) Keeps you awake
You know that 3pm moment after lunch when you’re sat at your desk and you have to keep kicking yourself under the desk to stay awake? Don’t reach for the sugary stuff to give you a lift because you’ll just end up getting a bigger crash. Grab some water instead as you probably just haven’t drunk enough during the day to keep you alert.
4) Helps manage your weight
Drinking water moderates your need for food, helps your digestion, improves your metabolism and makes you go to toilet more, all of which help maintain a balanced weight. That’s why your doctor will always recommend drinking water before and during mealtimes. What a bargain.
5) Saves money
Whatever miracle cure for low energy levels you’ve just been sold at an extortionate price by the chemist or health food store – bin them. Pure water is what your body needs to stay alive and kicking. Simple. That’s what nature intended. Forget the horny goat weed. We’re all made up of about 70% water and designed to function as such, so when we lose any of that we just need to replace it for optimum working capacity.
6) Saves time
In a rush? Trying to hit that deadline? Need some instant gratification? Need it NOW?! Your office WaterBar will dispense you perfectly chilled or perfectly hot water at the touch of a button. Bang on. Now go get back to work.
7) Stops fights
Even just a little bit of mild dehydration can you make irritable or aggressive. It’s the real reason (probably) why the Incredible Hulk loses it all the time – he’s just thirsty. The office is no place to rip your shirt/blouse open, go green and put your colleague through the wall. Don’t get beef, get gravy. Sip some water.
8) Stops the toilet smelling
Really. If you don’t drink enough water then your pee will be dark brown and it’ll really honk. No one wants dark, smelly wee in a communal environment. Drink enough water and your pee will be clear and not too pongy.
9) Stops the sugar crash
Why are vending machines always full of sugary food and drink? Loading up on sugar will just cause your energy levels to crash and you end up craving more sugar afterwards. It’s an addiction waiting to happen! Just say no to sugar. Sabotage the vending machine. Reach for the WaterBar.
10) Stops bad breath
You know that yellow-toothed guy who leans over your computer and breathes stale garlic all over your station? He’s probably just dehydrated. Drinking lots of water is vital for good oral health – and for maintaining close proximity in crowded offices.
11) Makes you gorgeous
Good aesthetics are always pleasing at work. Beauty begins from within, so when we’re healthy and hydrated on the inside, we glow on the outside. Drinking lots of water keeps your skin looking young. So when you next visit an office where everyone’s beautiful, it’s not Hollyoaks or the Stepford office – they’re all just drinking lots of purified water.
12) Keeps you moist
Your body is mostly made up of water so in order to stay nice and moist you need to keep topping up. As well as losing fluid from peeing or from visibly sweating – you also lose water from just breathing. Yup – you might not even feel that you’re perspiring but essential fluid is evaporating from your pores all the while you’re just passively sitting there. Even if it’s hot outside and the office air conditioning makes it feel like all’s cool – sorry, but you’re still leaking… so top up!
13) Keeps you coordinated
Have you had an accident or injury while at work? Don’t get litigious – get hydrated! If you’re feeling thirsty then that could mean that your hand-eye co-ordination is going all to pot. Keep one hand on the water and you won’t drop the ball.
14) Keeps you healthy
Staying nice and hydrated all the time will help you ward off sickness bugs. 130 million working days are lost a year to sickness and, on average, UK workers take over nine days off sick a year – twice as much as the US. A hydrated workforce is a healthy workforce is a happy workforce. Keep the pure water flowing, people.
15) Keeps you active
Mild dehydration reduces physical work capacity by a quarter. So if your job involves anything from hod carrying to lugging reams of photocopying paper around – you need to drink enough water to stop you getting pooped too soon.
16) Makes you active
If you’re stuck at a desk all day then you definitely need to be getting up and doing something at regular intervals. Fetching a glass of water will keep you on your feet, as will going to the toilet afterwards.
17) Makes you happy
No headaches, no tiredness, no irritability, increased ability to concentrate, looking good, feeling good – are we getting the picture? If you’re feeling the effects of healthy hydration then you’re feeling good, we knew that you would. So good, so good. So let’s give it some James Brown y’all. Oww! Are you with us? Take it to the bridge.
18) That water cooler moment
Where better to share the office gossip or talk about last night’s EastEnders? Where better to ‘accidentally’ bump in to that office hottie who you’ve been trying to make eyes at all day? You know where it’s at – the WaterBar. Get down there.
19) That perfect cuppa
Because sometimes all we want is a nice comforting cuppa. Whether lemon and ginger in hot water is your health kick or some top quality tea or coffee hits the spot – your WaterBar will dispense water at 92-96 degrees – which, apparently, is the perfect temperature for a brew. And all done in no time at all.
20) Makes your office look cool
Whether your office is at the hip edge of ergonomic design or whether it’s crying out for a bit of modern gadgetry in the kitchenette – a WaterBar will improve the kudos of your workspace. Visitors will remark on that snazzy-looking beast on the countertop, interior design magazines will want to come and do photo shoots (maybe), the office manager will win awards (perhaps), everyone from the hottest young talent to the top CEOs will want to come and impart their services for you (really) – all because of how much you value your pure water.
21) It’s the law
Apart from all of that – it’s the law. Your boss will get sent to jail (sort of) if there’s no drinking water at work. The law says that all employers should provide an adequate supply of wholesome drinking for all persons in the workplace. Don’t believe us? Well, it says so here. Perhaps we should have put this reason first…
by Bob Fear
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