Dehydration, Job Safety & Job Wellness

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How Dehydration Affects Your Job Safety & Job Wellness

There are many factors that can attribute to dehydration; heat, exercise and the water we lose every day in the form of water vapor in the breath we exhale and in our excreted sweat. Dehydration occurs when more water is moving out of our cells and bodies than what we are taking in through drinking or eating, then our bodies become out of balance.

Here are a few signs and symptoms of dehydration that can range from minor to severe that will have an effect on your overall job safety and job wellness.

Muscle Fatigue (is a risk factor for strain & sprain)

Headaches

Dizziness

Lethargy – Difficulty with Tasks

Cognitive Performance

Confusion

Generally by the time we feel thirsty or have other symptoms we are already dehydrated. Staying hydrated is simple, we just need to make it a priority. Here are a few tips to staying hydrated while at work.

Eat plenty of fruit which has a natural high water content

Add vegetables such as cucumbers, lettuce and broccoli to your snacks

Not fond of water, sip on ice tea, or teas made of fruit

Drink sparkling water instead of soda

Though caffeinated drinks don’t appear to increase the risk of dehydration according to new studies at the Mayo Clinic, caffeinated drinks can cause headaches in some people which effects clarity of mind and cause you to feel stressed and fatigued, and this will affect overall job safety and job wellness.

Water is probably your best bet to stay hydrated. It is calorie-free, caffeine-free, inexpensive and readily available.

Staying Hydrated: A Simple Way to Aid in Job Safety & Job Wellness

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