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The end of the year is approaching and soon many employees will take leave. Reminding our people on ways to keep both them and their families and friends safe and well is important. Read on for tips on staying hydrated …

As our NZ summer approaches it’s time to think about staying hydrated.

Dehydration may be responsible for your back pain, or problems with short-term memory, difficulty with eye focus, kidney stones, bladder infections, dry skin, and constipation. It is also the number one trigger of daytime fatigue. Drinking enough water can also significantly reduce your chances of getting colon, breast, and kidney cancer and problems with obesity.

The human body is approximately 60% water, your muscles and brain around 75% water, your blood is about 82% water, and your bones are about 25% water. Water is required for everything from regulating blood pressure and body temperature to making sure the heart works well and the brain is capable of doing its daily tasks. Dehydration can lead to back pain, problems with math and short-term memory, difficulty focusing your eyes, kidney stones, bladder infections, dry skin, and constipation.

Here’s a few simple tips to support you staying hydrated over the coming months.

  •  Eat your water. Eating water foods like watermelon, is a great way to stay hydrated.
  •  Swap soda with sparkling water – it’s a healthy and fizzy, alternative.
  •  Hydrate before exercising. Be sure to drink water 60-30 minutes before exercising to maximize your workout.
  •  Drink water before meals. By drinking water before meals, not only will you stay hydrated but you’re less likely to overeat.
  •  Have enough on hand. When you’re spending the day camping or biking, it’s important to bring enough water to last the trip.
  •  Spice it up with healthy flavouring. If you’re having a hard time getting enough water, spice it up with some natural flavouring.
  •  Keep a reusable bottle with you. Having a water bottle with you at all times is the easiest way to stay hydrated without even thinking about it.

How much should you drink? The Institute of Medicine advises that men consume roughly 3 litres (about 13 cups) of total beverages including 8 cups of water a day and women consume 2.2 litres (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.