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You don’t have to be running marathons in a heatwave to become dehydrated, because it can happen whilst you are simply sat at your desk. When busy at work it is easy to forget to keep drinking water, but without regular fluid intake you are putting your body at risk of unpleasant side effects like constipation, dizziness and sleepiness- and in extreme cases seizures and even death. Keeping hydrated at work can increase your productivity and concentration, so read on to find out how you can prevent it.

What are the signs of dehydration?

The first step to preventing dehydration is to recognise the signs of it. The body is affected even if you lose a small amount of water, and some of the early indications to look out for include feeling thirsty and lightheaded, having dark urine and passing urine less often than usual. Other signs include headache, tiredness and dry mouth and lips. According to the NHS, untreated mild or moderate dehydration can lead to severe dehydration which is a medical emergency, so make sure you get drinking once you develop the early signs.

Avoid caffeine

Whilst drinks that contain caffeine do contribute towards your fluid intake, caffeine is also a mild diuretic and so increases the amount of urine you produce. Consequently, you may end up feeling more dehydrated than normal. Drinking tea, coffee and fizzy drinks are fine in moderation, but it is a good idea to supplement them with glasses of water to remain hydrated. Water itself would be the ideal drink of choice at work, since it contains no caffeine or sweeteners.

Eat fruit and veg

The government recommends you aim for at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, and this is a great way to help remain hydrated whilst you are in the office. Fruit and vegetables contain large quantities of water in proportion to their weight, and the body can easily absorb the water from them. Strawberries, apples, grapefruit and watermelon are all fruits with high water content, and cucumber, tomatoes and celery are vegetables that are high in water. Keep munching on these at your desk for a healthy snack that also keeps you hydrated.

Drink little and often

If you job means that you are sat at a desk all day, it is good practise to keep a glass of water or a bottle of water next to you so that you are reminded to keep drinking. Experts say that by the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated, so drinking little and often is a great way to ensure you keep your fluid levels up.

If you are an employer, it is your job to provide a fresh water supply to your staff to prevent them from becoming dehydrated. One way of ensuring that they keep drinking is to invest in office water coolers, which offer a constant stream of tasty and chilled water. Your employees will be more likely to drink cold and nice tasting water than tap water at room temperature, and you will benefit from harder working and less lethargic workers as a result.

Chloe is working on her own novel, but also spends time writing articles and blog posts. She is interested in health and safety, but also enjoys hiking.

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