Which Fluids and Foods Dehydrate?

Which Fluids and Foods Dehydrate?

We all know how important it is to remain properly hydrated, but that doesn’t just mean ensuring we make regular trips to the water cooler and eat water-rich foods every day, it also means avoiding those foods or drinks which can counteract our good efforts and leave us dehydrated. And a popular myth to dispel right from the get-go is that a cup of coffee or tea is dehydrating. Although the caffeine inherent in both is dehydrating, it is offset by the water also contained in your cup so the odd drink will not adversely affect your system, in fact it counts towards the ‘eight glasses a day’ rule of thumb many of us follow.

So, what should you be wary of? To begin with avoid excessive consumption of diuretics – these are foods or drink that increase urination. Most notably amongst fluids is alcohol – beer, wine and spirits are all diuretic, and apart from the obvious unhealthy and potentially dangerous side-effects of overindulging, too much of it in your system literally wrings you dry. Which explains why you have that nasty ‘dry mouth’ feeling after a heavy night of excess and why you’d give all you own to wake up to a water cooler right next to your bed. Too much of certain foods can also play a role: mangoes, fennel, artichokes and asparagus are all diuretics, so avoid eating too many of these foods particularly if you’re not hydrating in other ways.

Next on the list is eating too much high-protein foods. While most healthy eating plans incorporate all food groups, there are some popular plans that encourage upping protein in favor of reducing carbohydrates. While this eating plan might work for some, one thing to keep in mind is that because protein is harder to digest than carbohydrate, our body not only has to work harder, but it also uses ‘more water to flush out the naturally-occurring nitrogen in protein’ – as noted by Monica Reinagel a board-certified, licensed nutritionist who features regularly on the Huffington Post.

And lastly there is salt and sugar to consider. Too much of either of these can also be detrimental in terms of remaining properly hydrated, not to mention the other more obvious health concerns like diabetes and high blood pressure. When you eat too much salt or sugar your body needs more and more water drawn into the intestine in an effort to dilute the excessive amounts you’ve eaten, which can ultimately leave you parched.

In short, if consumed in moderation, none of these foods or drinks will cause dehydration; but if consumed in excess, without increasing your trips to the water cooler to right the balance, dehydration is a concern. So, keep it mind the next time you’re inclined to overindulge on cocktails, steak and rich desserts.

Water Cooler Weight Loss

Water Cooler Weight Loss

What do your water cooler and weight loss have in common you might ask? And the answer would be that while water itself is not a miracle fat-burner, drinking water can definitely help you to lose weight.

The reason for this is that very often the triggers for thirst and hunger are the same. In most cases when those first rumblings of hunger begin, we immediately grab a snack. But our Pavlovian response should be to drink water instead – particularly if we’re trying to lose weight. If after a short while the hunger pangs persist only then should we head for the fruit bowl and enjoy a healthy snack. Another reason is that by regularly heading to the water cooler and quenching our thirst, we’re not drinking sodas or other sugar-laden liquids, all of which add unnecessary calories to our day.

Many of us have simply fallen into bad habits – we awake desperate for coffee which we drink before we leave the house, we buy a cup on our way in to work and we have another cup once we arrive at the office. By mid-morning we’re ready for another caffeine boost so instead of heading for the water cooler we head back to the coffee machine or the soda machine for a sugar boost and so the day continues.

While one or two cups of coffee early in the day are hardly a health risk, by relying too heavily on caffeine and sugar drinks we not only drink more calories than we should, but we also affect our sleep patterns which recent studies have shown play a huge role in our fight to lose weight. With healthy sleep our bodies function optimally – part of optimal function is our ability to secrete Cortisol, a hormone that regulates our appetite. When our sleep is disturbed, which often happens if we have too much caffeine or sugar coursing through our veins, the secretion of Cortisol is affected which in turn affects our ability to lose weight. And when we wake up, the vicious cycle begins again.

In short, by visiting the water cooler on a more regular basis we quench our thirst, we feel sated, we help our bodies to function healthily and we sleep better – all fundamental factors in losing weight.

Water Cooler Benefits – Health benefits of installing an AquAid Water Cooler

Water Cooler Benefits – Health benefits of installing an AquAid Water Cooler

Recently, I wrote an introductory blog as a start to a series about the benefits you gain when installing any water cooler from a wide range on offer from AquAid.

One of the benefits mentioned was how, wherever your location, having a water cooler from AquAid installed provides access to chilled (and hot) drinking water throughout your working day.

In this blog, we’re discussing another of these benefits – that of the benefits to your health and well-being.

Throughout our busy days, we often forget to keep up with the simplest aspect to good health – drinking sufficient water.  When we don’t drink enough water, the impact on us can be swift and distinctly unpleasant – just a few examples are:

Quick to tire;


Lack of concentration;

Inability to perform the simplest calculations or tasks.

In any work environment, we all know how vitally important it is to be able to perform at our peak each day. An essential part of increased work performance is ensuring that we drink enough water. More often than not, though, access to drinking water isn’t always available, often isn’t visible and due to this, the importance of keeping ourselves hydrated slips our notice.

Many of us aren’t drinking enough, especially if we’re stuck at a desk all day. Not having easy access to a water cooler, or even not having a water dispenser in clear view, can result in poor hydration habits, which leads to poor work performance.

That’s why installing a water cooler from AquAid benefits you enormously.  With a wide range of high quality water coolers designed to meet your drinking water requirements, promoting your own healthy hydration habits as well as those of your staff and co-workers hydrated couldn’t be simpler.

We’re here to assist – contact us at AquAid without delay.

Water Cooler Benefits – the Environment and your AquAid Water Cooler

Water Cooler Benefits – the Environment and your AquAid Water Cooler

With much having being discussed about single–use plastics and recycling in the UK in the last year, this is an issue that requires serious attention as well as practical solutions.

As one the UK’s leading providers of a wide range of water coolers; water dispensers and water related products, AquAid continue to expand on practical solutions that these issues present.

As mentioned in the initial ‘benefits’ blog, when you install a water cooler from AquAid, you have the peace of mind that we are fully cognisant of not only our environment and our carbon footprint thereon, but we are also acutely aware about the issue of single-use plastics and recycling.

But how does AquAid being cognisant of the environment benefit you?

  1. With 23 branches, we’re local to our customers. Which means less travelling when calling on you, servicing your water cooler; delivering your water ® reduced carbon footprint.
  1. We’ve done extensive research to establish what we can do to help reduce landfill waste and our conclusion is that the most direct and simplest solution is to recycle.
  1. We re-use our water bottles and recycle them once they’re out of circulation. 
  1. The cups that AquAid supply are made of a single type of plastic. The benefit here is that they are easy to recycle and a valuable resource that can be repurposed and resold. 
  1. Where we can we’re encouraging our customers to adopt good recycling practices.

To find out more about how choosing a water cooler from AquAid benefits you and your environment, contact us today.

Exercise and the Water Cooler

Exercise and the Water Cooler

Dehydration is not something that only happens to athletes – it can occur regardless of age, circumstance or fitness levels – but the process is often accelerated when we exercise, so it’s especially important before we begin any activity that we make the water cooler our very first stop.

When we work hard our bodies heat up, and in an effort to prevent heat stroke and lower our core temperature, our bodies perspire. If the weather is warm or if we’re being particularly strenuous, our bodies continue to perspire in an ongoing effort to bring about balance, but this ongoing act can leave us dehydrated. A good indicator of our hydration levels is the color of our urine. If it’s pale and nearly transparent our body is properly hydrated, but if it’s dark in colour we run the risk of being dehydrated and should replenish with drinking water immediately.

To avoid dehydration, the most important thing to remember is to plan ahead. If you’re exercising at the gym, be sure to fill your sports bottle at the nearest water cooler before you begin your training. Remember to take frequent sips of water and if you’re going to be exercising for longer than an hour you might want to switch to electrolyte-enhanced drinking water. If you’re looking for an extra source of electrolytes try bananas and dates; both have high levels of electrolyte potassium and help your body refuel during a strenuous workout.

How much water you need will depend on how much you sweat – the bigger you are and the more intense your work-out, the more you’ll tend to perspire. This is also true if the environment is hot and humid. If you want to work out how much water you’ll need to replenish hydration, an easy way to figure this out is to weigh yourself before you exercise and again after you’ve exercised – for every kilogram of body weight you lose, be sure to drink up to 1.5 liters of water.

Be aware of feeling light-headed, this is a typical sign of dehydration. When you don’t have enough water in your system, your blood pressure can drop which is what causes the dizziness. If this happens remember to slow your pace and visit the water cooler to increase your water intake. Remember too that you should continue drinking water throughout the day, even after your workout, as it can take your body a full day to recover from the ill-effects of dehydration.

10 Ways to Drink More Water Every Day

10 Ways to Drink More Water Every Day

We all know how important it is to remain properly hydrated and that drinking water should form part of our daily regime, but many of us struggle to incorporate it into our routine. By making smarter choices, by ensuring we make regular trips to the water cooler, and by making it easy and convenient to do, we can all find ways to make drinking water a healthy and much-needed habit.

Here are 10 easy ways to incorporate hydration in your day:

  1. Make drinking water part of the different stages of your day – when you wake up, before you leave for the office, when you arrive at the office, before lunch etc.
  2. Make it easy to reach for – keep a bottle of drinking water next to your bed, in your car, on your desk.
  3. When you get to work, fill a large water bottle at the water cooler and try to finish it before you leave the office.
  4. Replace your mid-morning coffee with a cup of hot water – add a teaspoon of honey to make it more appetizing.
  5. If you feel like drinking a soda, visit the water cooler first – it will quench your thirst and if you do end up having a soda, you might only drink half of it.
  6. Drink a glass of water after each visit to the restroom – not only will it help to replenish your system, but using this as a trigger will help cement the routine.
  7. If you’re feeling hungry outside of your meal-times, try drinking water before you grab a snack – very often the signs for thirst are mistaken for hunger.
  8. Opt for water-rich foods if you must snack – oranges, cucumber, watermelon, tomatoes; these are all excellent ways to supplement your daily water intake.
  9. Before you leave the office to head home, again fill your bottle at the water cooler – if by now you’re weary of drinking plain water, add a slice of lemon or orange to make it more appetizing.
  10. And at the end of the day when you sit down to dinner, make sure the table setting includes a glass of water, this is particularly important if you’re having a glass of wine – water should match wine glass for glass.