Protect your Vocal Chords – Drink Water more

Protect your Vocal Chords – Drink Water more

We know that our approach this #TalkLikeAPirateDay has been slightly tongue-in-cheek, but often here at AquAid, that’s how we rrrrrrrrollllll. Seriously though, our approach might be light-hearted but the truth of it is, in order for you to be able to look after your voice, you need to drink water more.

Because we may take the ability to speak as a given and a function that should just ‘work’, it’s easy to forget that, our vocal chords, like all other body parts, need proper hydration in order to function well.

A few factors that can negatively affect vocal chords:

Commuting and other daily physical activity makes us sweat.  When we sweat, we lose water and may easily become dehydrated without realising we are.

External factors such as heat, humidity and dry air. Artificial air in any closed environment such as in airplanes or road vehicles as well as air-conditioning or heating can dry out your environment and you very easily.

Certain cold and allergy medications, including decongestants and antihistamines, have a drying effect to the body.

Another factor is the intake of dehydrating drinks such as coffee, black tea, other caffeinated drinks and alcohol.

Consider the following:

If you have a dry throat when it’s time for you to speak, you’re already dehydrated. According to an article by The Complete Vocal Coach, it ‘can take up to four hours for water to reach your vocal folds’.  If your voice is your profession (and for millions of people, their voices are just that), it’s imperative that you take care of your vocal chords.

Rather sip water throughout the day, and don’t wait until you get thirsty. This means an average of 10 glasses of water per day for men and around 8 glasses per day for women.

If you’re unsure about how much water you should be drinking per day, based on your weight and activity levels, refer to this useful guide at the AquAid website.

AquAid weigh in on the great chocolate debate

AquAid weigh in on the great chocolate debate

At AquAid we are, of course, primarily interested in promoting proper hydration – and we achieve this through encouraging the installation of the right water coolers in suitable spaces throughout the UK.

What we mean by the ‘right water coolers in suitable spaces’ is we use our over 20 years of experience to ensure that your water cooler meets your requirements: whether that is Mains-Fed dispensers for a large organisation or educational facility or a Bottle-Fed dispenser for smaller organisations and for temporary use – such as on work sites or at festivals and events.

When you install a water cooler from AquAid, there is also an additional advantage: for each Mains-Fed water cooler installed and each 19ℓ Bottle of Water supplied (all our water bottles go through a stringent recycling program) we donate a portion of those sales to charity.

Clearly, health and well-being is high on our list of priorities and it’s been repeatedly proven that when we drink enough water, it boosts our well-being significantly.

All of this said though … we are only hooman.  And the good life can’t only consist of maintaining good hydration habits by visiting your water cooler station often and drinking lots of water.

Which is why, here at AquAid, with International Chocolate Day on 13 September, we will be climbing on the ‘yes, chocolate is a superfood’ bandwagon.   We hope you will too.

FOOTNOTE:  Remember, you need water to make chocolate. Also – hot chocolate. Need we say more?

How to protect your Mission Control – how hydration can help reduce migraines

How to protect your Mission Control – how hydration can help reduce migraines

It’s #MigraineWeek this week and if you have ever experienced a migraine, your blood vessels are probably constricting already. This blogger didn’t experience a migraine until well into adulthood and thought they might be the stuff of legends, that is until she had one.

Migraines affects 1 in every 7 adults globally, according to the World Health Organization and 85 percent of sufferers are female according to the Migraine Research Foundation.

What is a migraine?

According to the NHS, the exact cause of migraines is unknown, but they’re thought to be the result of abnormal brain activity temporarily affecting nerve signals, chemicals and blood vessels in the brain. There is evidence that fluctuations in oestrogen levels can be a migraine trigger, which would explain in part why more women than men experience this condition, however there are a number of other factors that can trigger those more prone to this condition.

What triggers migraines?

There are a number of triggers, including emotional: stress, shock and depression amongst others; physical: poor posture or neck and shoulder tension; dietary: such as dehydration, caffeine and some specific foods such as chocolate and citrus fruit and finally environmental: flickering screens, bright lights or loud noises.

Can they be cured?

Although there currently isn’t a cure for migraines, there is medication available that can help reduce the severity and propensity of these attacks.

Does drinking water more really help?

Absolutely. Considering that our physical make-up is around 70% water, it’s clear that our bodies need the hydration in order to function properly and our brain is no exception. In a previous blog we’ve referred to the importance of keeping our brain adequately hydrated.

What else can you do to reduce migraines?

As much as we all enjoy our caffeine intake, too much coffee, tea or high caffeine content drinks can have an adverse effect on our central nervous system, so if you are prone to migraines, it might be an idea to reduce the amount of caffeine drinks and replace these with water.

Drinking water more may not solve your experiencing migraines, but it can certainly help reduce the frequency.

If there is a shortage of drinking water stations at your premises – contact us at AquAid. We will always give you the best advice about which water cooler is the right fit for your premises, whether at home, work or at school.

Altruistic August at the Water Cooler

Altruistic August at the Water Cooler

At AquAid Water Coolers we believe in altruism, which is one of the reasons why we established the Africa Trust – a charity that helps bring safe and clean drinking water to many impoverished communities in Africa. And because we believe in helping others, we always have immense respect for other organisations that do the same.

Help may take different shapes and forms, and one such organisation is Action for Happiness – a charity that aims to increase the happiness in the world by bringing together like-minded people from all walks of life and supporting them to take practical action to build a happier society.

While everyone’s path to happiness may be different, Action for Happiness lists 10 Keys to Happier Living, which research suggests consistently tends to have a positive impact on people’s happiness and well-being.

  1. Giving – do things for others
  2. Relating – connect with people
  3. Exercising – take care of your body
  4. Awareness – live life mindfully
  5. Trying out – keep learning new things
  6. Direction – have goals to look forward to
  7. Resilience – find ways to bounce back
  8. Emotions – look for what’s good
  9. Acceptance – be comfortable with who you are
  10. Meaning – be part of something bigger

Action for Happiness also dedicates an action and theme to each month, and this month it’s Altruistic August and here are a few lovely suggestions taken from their calendar:

  • Leave a positive note for someone else to find
  • Show support for a cause that doesn’t affect you directly
  • When you buy one and get one free – give the other extra item away
  • Look for the good in everyone you meet today

You can find a copy of it here – help someone in need and have a great August everyone!

The Love Water Campaign

The Love Water Campaign

Last month saw the launch of a very important initiative in the UK – the ‘Love Water’ campaign!

We all know that clean and safe drinking water is essential not only to our physical wellbeing, but also for our economic survival, and so the British public are being asked to help the country protect water resources so that future generations may also benefit from what we so easily take for granted.

Climate change is happening globally, and in the UK too we are facing hotter and drier summers, along with increased risk of water shortages. Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency gave a startling warning earlier this year when he said that our country is approaching the ‘jaws of death’ and that parts of England may run out of water within 25 years if action isn’t taken.

The ‘Love Water’ campaign aims to draw attention to the importance of water and how essential it is that each and every one of us takes responsibility to conserve and protect it. This initiative will also see many organisations work together to tackle issues such as pollution and wastage and the long-term goal is to encourage businesses to make water conservation and pollution reduction part of their own goals and targets!

While we know that if we open a tap, water will run; for millions of people in third world countries, this is not the case, which is why AquAid established the Africa Trust. With every bottle of water that we supply, a 30p donation is made to the Africa Trust along with a £20 per annum donation for every mains-fed water cooler installed. To date we have helped build thousands of water pumps in communities across Africa, we have donated in excess of £6 million and have helped bring clean and safe drinking water to over 1.3 million people!

At AquAid we are very aware of how important water is to our survival and also to those less fortunate than ourselves, so when choosing a water cooler supplier, choose one that not only provides exceptional service and quality products, but also one that believes in helping impoverished communities – choose AquAid.