How Dehydration Affects Your Work Performance

Summer has come and gone; the grills have been covered up, the golf courses have slowed down, and cold beverages have faded away to make room for fall favorites. Apple cider and pumpkin flavored coffee aside, it is important to continue to stay hydrated through the year!

Hydration is easy to think about when you’re out on the green in the hot summer sun, but is no less important the rest of the year. Dehydration will not only affect your game, but also your work. Proper hydration is important to nearly every function in your body. Dehydration can cause fatigue, headache, concentration, and mood changes. In fact, research from The Journal of Nutrition found that the side effects of dehydration are a little more pronounced in men than women.

Here are some simple ways to make sure you get the recommended eight cups of water per day to stay focused and headache free!

Work it in.
Incorporate a glass of water into your routine. Whether you have a well-choreographed morning or not, adding a cold glass of water when you wake up will help get you going. Already chasing medicine with water? Swap the Dixie® cup for a glass and there you go!

Coffee Counts!
The idea that coffee doesn’t count towards hydration because it is a diuretic has been disproved. So if you’re a coffee lover like me, rejoice and go enjoy a hot cup o’ Joe. Remember to pass on the cream and sugar, though. (Read more about how coffee keeps you hydrated in this article.)

Sip Steadily.
Research has shown that you will consume more water when drinking through a straw. So whether your tumbler be Ohio State or Michigan, keep it on your desk and start sipping!

Make it part of your meal.
Drinking a glass of water during a meal will not only help hydrate you, but also help you absorb the nutrients you are eating, aid in digestion and help keep your bowels healthy. In addition, drinking water during meals will help keep you full and avoid overeating. Like another beverage with dinner? That’s OK, too! Choose a beverage without added sugar, such as tea, to keep your heart healthy. (Learn how sugary drinks affect your heart.)

Incorporating water and sugar-free beverages into your daily routine will help ward off headaches, mood swings and fatigue, and help you stay on top of your game at work. Use these tips to keep your body and mind happy and healthy all year long.

Elizabeth BedellElizabeth Bedell Marino is a registered and licensed dietitian and the Coordinator for ProMedica Executive Health Program. For her full bio, please click here.