Festive Ways to (safely) hydrate this December

Festive Ways to (safely) hydrate this December

For many, December can mean a time of excess and overload, although often it may not be intentional. It’s easy to be caught up in the festivities whether it’s the year end work functions or just a general letting the hair down after a long year.

When it comes to festive drinking though, there are ways to keep it fun and jolly and still maintain a healthy level of hydration.

Hot chocolate: Yes, hot chocolate is full of sugar, but it also consists of hot water (you can even make your hot chocolate at work using your AquAid Water Boiler – bonus!) and chocolate! And as we all know, chocolate (in moderation) is good for you.

Spiced hot drinks:  We’re not going to fall into the trap  of suggesting that glühwein or mulled wine is good for you (we’re rather clever little elves are we), but the spices and fruit that are part of these hot drinks can be used with great healthy hydrating effect without being steeped in alcohol. Sleigh across the internet, there are more hot spiced drinks than you can shake a stick of Blackpool rock at.

Cool drinks: If you’ve pledged to keep it tidy, alcohol wise, this Christmas, why not opt for mocktails? They’re fun, fruity, tasty and good for you. For these though, whereas you can draw your fresh drinking water from your water cooler, it’s probably best not to do your mixings at the water cooler station. Rather use the kitchen or bring your mixings from home to add to your water. Think cinnamon pear, orange pomegranate or apple cinnamon pomegranate.

Should you opt for the alcohol rich festive cheer, remember the general rule of thumb: match each alcoholic drink with a drink of water.

On this cheery note, we like to take the opportunity to wish you all a wonderful festive season and a very Merry Christmas from all of us at AquAid.

And a Water Rich Pear Tree!

And a Water Rich Pear Tree!

Even though pears (or pear trees at least) are immortalised in that classic Christmas-time song involving a partridge and a stream of nerve-wracking repetition, the actual pear is an oft overlooked fruit this time of year. – and they certainly shouldn’t be. Here’s why:

Pears rank high on the water-rich fruit list, with a water content of some 84%. But that’s not the only reason we should look to pears to increase our perhaps lax winter drinking water habits – they are also highly nutritious.

Pears help lower cholesterol – they contain heart-healthy soluble fibre, a nutrient that can reduce the absorption of LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol into the bloodstream.  This means they’re good for heart health too.

They boost the immune system – when you’re feeling a bit under the weather, or it feels like you’re coming down with a cold – eat a pear.  They are high in vitamin C and other nutrients that boost the immune system.

Digestive aid – the same fibre found in pears that helps lower cholesterol also aids digestion. In nice terms, pears essentially keep our plumbing working properly. You can thank the pectin, a component of dietary fibre, in them for that one.

They’re hypoallergenic – Pears are a nutritious option for those with food sensitivities – without any adverse effects.

Super hydrating – we all recognise pears for their incredible juiciness. That sumptuous feeling when you bite into a juicy pear is because they boast a high water content.

Whereas you might be tempted to follow the rather less healthy pear eating route – glazed pears, pear tarts etc. you’ll get most of the goodness from raw pears, eaten unpeeled – most of the benefits are locked into the skin.

If circumstances are having you neglect your water cooler water refill this winter (although we recommend you don’t), at least you’ll have back-up – in the form of the healthy, delicious, water-rich pear.

Life-Giving Water

Life-Giving Water

It’s been said that the next great wars will be fought over water, and it’s easy to see why if we consider the life-giving properties of this unassuming clear fluid plus the fact that this natural resource seems to be dwindling in many parts of the world.

Water is the only substance that all living organisms need to survive – from the smallest amoeba to the largest mammal. We all need water, so much so that the lack of water will kill you much faster than the lack of food will – survival estimates seem to vary between three to four days and one week, depending on factors like heat and exercise etc. But what exactly makes water so essential?

Water is important because it makes up the majority of our body. According to the USGS the brain and heart are composed of 73% water; the lungs 83%; the skin contains 64% water; muscles and kidneys 79%; and even our bones are 31% water. Water is vital for transporting all the nutrients, minerals and vitamins our bodies need to function optimally every day. And even slight dehydration affects this performance, both mentally and physically.

Dehydration occurs when the body is not getting enough water, or it has lost too much water which isn’t being replaced fast enough. It’s dangerous for all human beings, no matter the age, circumstance or fitness level. Having said that, the biggest risk developmentally is amongst young children where the lack of sufficient drinking water can lead to stunted growth, reduced mental ability and poor physical performance. One study showed that when 59 children aged 7 to 9 years, were divided into two groups with the one group following their normal drinking habits; and the other group offered extra water, the latter group reported less thirst and performed better when visual attention tasks were carried out.

When one considers the dangers of dehydration it’s easy to see why a water cooler is such an essential component in nearly every kind of environment, whether it be schools, offices, hospitals or care centers to name but a few. Call AquaAid today for more on what water cooler would better suit your needs.

 

Water Cooler Trivia – Part II – All Things British

Water Cooler Trivia – Part II – All Things British

Yes, there was a Part I – catch up already. Just in time for the weekend or to amaze your mates and/or colleagues as you gather around the water cooler next week, we present Part II:

* London is one of only two cities above the 50th parallel with a population of more than five million. Moscow is the other.

It is thought that St. Patrick may have brought the early knowledge of whisky distilling from Ireland around the mid-5th century. The Scots call it uisque baugh in Gaelic, or ‘water of life’, and it is one of the United Kingdom’s top five exports, along with cars, computers, aircraft, and oil.  Personally, I couldn’t think of a nicer export, could you?

In the 16th century, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth I decreed that mutton could be served only with bitter herbs, intending to stop people from eating the sheep in order to help the wool trade. Her subjects discovered mint sauce improved the taste of the meat, and it’s been a favourite condiment for roast lamb ever since. Hmm, clearly I’m in the minority as I’m not a fan of the whole mint sauce accompanying roast lamb thing.

Until 1832, England only had two universities: Oxford and Cambridge.

The sport of football, or soccer, supposedly got its start in England when Anglo-Saxon farmworkers plowing a field unearthed the skull of a Danish warrior killed in battle a few years earlier. To show their still bitter feelings towards the Danes and to amuse themselves, they began kicking the skull among them. This early form of football was called “kicking the Dane’s head”. Seems the savagery has passed from the players to the supporters somewhat!

James Bond’s code ‘007’ was inspired by the author Ian Fleming’s bus route from Canterbury to London. Am I the only person who when thinking of James Bond – immediately starts singing, ‘Goldfingggggerrrrr’ as opposed to any of the other James Bond theme songs?

The Ghost Research Foundation has determined that with 500 recorded cases of ghostly encounters, York is the most haunted city in England and one of the most haunted in the world. Make appropriate ghostly type noises here.

Well, that’s the lot for this week’s content of trivia to amaze and astound. Keep an eye out for future inserts and as always, please feel free to add to and / or correct the trivia if you feel I have it all wrong.

*from various sources from an article at Fact Retriever

 

World Water Day – 22 March 2017 – What can you do?

World Water Day – 22 March 2017 – What can you do?

World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2017, the theme is ‘Wastewater’.

If you’re not involved with this global water summit, you may be asking yourself what, if anything, can you do?

Well, a good thing to know is that if you are an AquAid customer, you’re already helping with the continued implementation of sustainable water projects to many of those in dire need.

With each bottle of water purchased or installation of a Mains Fed Water Cooler, AquAid donate a portion of those sales to the charities that we’ve supported for more than a decade: Christian Aid and The Africa Trust.

Christian Aid is a global charity, whose aim it is to implement profound change in eradicating the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. Of the many crises they deal with on a daily basis, safe drinking water has been identified as the number one priority in sub-Saharan Africa where every day 5,500 children lose their life due to diseased water. For as little as £10, Christian Aid can provide a child with a lifetime supply of clean, fresh water. With each bottle of water that we supply, Christian Aid receives a 10p donation.

The mission of the Africa Trust is to bring sustainable solutions to poverty in Africa. Part of this sustainable development includes providing access to clean productive water and decent sanitation. 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.

If you’re not as yet an AquAid customer, but appreciate how we work, we’ll be more than happy to help introduce you to our range of water dispensers, water coolers and water boilers.

With 23 branches across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, we’re well placed to provide you with fresh, cool drinking water all year round while you enjoy the peace of mind knowing that your water product purchases make a significant difference in other’s lives.

 

Water at Work

Water at Work

In a study published by the Royal College of Nursing, statistics show that employee absence due to illness costs UK employers on average £12b a year; with 168 million workings days lost. We know that good hydration contributes to workers’ health and safety, and that even mild levels of dehydration adversely affect both physical and mental performance. At AquAid we believe strongly in keeping dehydration at bay and boosting performance and productivity wherever possible.

  • Mild dehydration is quantified as a 1% drop in body weight. This small drop can also be referred to as voluntary dehydration; an easily achieved state where, all else being equal, we simply do not drink enough through the day.
  • Where hydration levels in the workplace were examined, it came to light that many workers begin their work day already dehydrated; and that more than half of those employees also end their work day dehydrated.
  • Studies show that even mild dehydration leads to changes in cognitive ability and mood. Errors increase on visual vigilance; concentration, alertness and short-term memory deteriorates; tension and anxiety increases; and fatigue is exacerbated.

One of the simplest ways to ensure your employees remain healthy and productive is to provide easy access to drinking water. AquAid has a wide variety of water coolers and dispensers to choose from, and we tailor each recommendation to suit your specific needs. By choosing AquAid, not only do you maximise employee productivity, but you also choose a solution that benefits others, because with each purchase an automatic donation is made to charity, to help bring clean, life-giving water to impoverished communities in Africa.