Now that it’s Cooler – Hydration and Fitness

Now that it’s Cooler – Hydration and Fitness

The majority of people are under the impression that dehydration is something that happens only to athletes. The truth is that it happens to everyone, across all lifestyles and of all ages. Athletes just experience dehydration faster, with signs that are more visible.

Whether it is during a long walk to the office or during physical training, our body heats up when it works hard. To try to cool your body down enough to prevent heat stroke and to reduce core temperature, our bodies have to perspire. The perspiration evaporates to assist the body to reduce temperature. The drawback is that during warmer weather or constantly being in heated environments the perspiration is not efficient, and your body continues to sweat to try to reduce heat. As a result, dehydration accelerates.

There are a few tips that can assist you in avoiding dehydration during your exercise and fitness training and daily life. The most important tip is to keep hydrated, and not to wait until you are thirsty.

Drink water often, and at regular intervals. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already short of close to 1.5 litres of body fluids. It can take over a full day to recover from that type of dehydration. If you continue to work, train or exercise without sufficient hydration, your body can suffer from heat stroke. Dehydration affects everyone however; it usually affects unfit, elderly adults and overweight individuals far more quickly.

About 0.5L of water 1-2 hours before your exercise should assist you to stay cool, increase your performance and reduce your risk of heat stroke and dehydration dramatically.  Avoid coffee, teas and any drink with alcohol in it, as these will cause you to urinate more often, and increase your fluid loss. Remember that after your exercise, long walk or strenuous activity to drink lots of water. Do this as soon as possible to give your body the help that it needs to recover.

Need access to a constant supply of refreshing drinking water but don’t currently have a water dispenser?

There is an easy solution. Contact AquAid’s experienced and professional in-house agents. We offer a free on-site survey to assess your water dispenser requirements. This obligation-free service helps establish whether you are best served installing bottled or mainsfed water coolers.

Water Cooler or Water Dispenser – what is your preference?

Water Cooler or Water Dispenser – what is your preference?

Whatever your preference, AquAid supply a wide range of water dispensers and water coolers to our customers.

Installing a water dispenser makes sense as they offer the user the best quality water at convenient temperatures.

AquAid is one of the largest water dispensing companies in the U.K.  Established by Paul Searle in 1998, who went door-to-door selling bottled water coolers and bottled water to home customers, our business has

has grown exponentially since these humble beginnings.  We now offer a high quality range of water cooler dispensers to all industries, including small, medium and large companies, construction sites through to schools and dentists; doctors; fitness centres and production companies.

Having a water dispenser on site for any organisation means they are able to offer cool, fresh drinking water to whoever visits them, as well as being able to keep all those in their organisation properly hydrated.

Numerous studies have shown that keeping hydrated can increase one’s mental and physical performance by as much as 20% – thus enabling employees to keep properly hydrated throughout the working day and for schools, it means that both the staff and children keep themselves hydrated, all while helping the children better concentrate in class.

The health benefits from proper hydration are manifold. People often mistake thirst for hunger. This can adversely affect health as instead of drinking water, people may overeat as they don’t realise they are, in fact, dehydrated. Dehydration can have a negative effect resulting in poor concentration, headaches, feeling tired and listless and poor health overall.

Having a water cooler dispenser in your office, workplace, site, rooms or school means you’ll be able to offer everyone the opportunity to drink water and keep hydrated.

AquAid supply a wide range of water cooler dispensers available in bottled or mains fed.

The bottled water cooler dispensers are perfect for the smaller businesses or work environments that do not have hundreds of individuals to service.

For larger offices, business centres and schools, the mains fed water coolers are the most practical and cost effective. These units filter and purify the water that comes out of your normal taps, giving you clean and safe water whenever you need it.

Furthermore, having adjustable water temperatures your AquAid water dispenser offers a choice of piping hot water for hot water drinks or chilled drinking water throughout the year.

With all the benefits that water cooler dispensers offer, why not install one today?

Give the fantastic team at AquAid a call and they will gladly assist you with all your water cooler dispenser needs.

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The Glass Half-Full/Half-Empty Dilemma

The Glass Half-Full/Half-Empty Dilemma

Glass half full? Half empty? Where does the expression originate? The exact origin of the idiom is unclear; however, digital records seem to show it originated in the first half of the 1900s. Glass half-full/half-empty of what you may ask? Well, water is the standard, so we’ll stay with that.

If you’re not familiar with the expression, it stems from the idea that believing the glass is always half-full means you have a positive outlook and believing the glass is half empty means your outlook is more negative.

Alternatively, could it originate from the unfortunate occasion when your bottled water is depleted? Even if this is the scenario, there is still good news!

If you have any of the high quality range of AquAid Bottled Water Coolers installed in your workplace, we arrange a scheduled water delivery with you, thereby ensuring your drinking water is always more glass half-full than half-empty.

Even better, if you have any of the top quality AquAid Mains Fed Water Coolers installed, your water glass will always be full.

More news that is positive is that AquAid supply water dispensers nationwide, utilising 22 branches situated at local locations convenient to your premises. Whether you operate a small, medium or gargantuan business, AquAid has a tailor-made drinking water solution for you.

Irrespective of the half-full, half-empty dilemma, it’s good to know that ensuring a permanent supply of drinking water on site is something at which AquAid excel. As well we should, with 23 years’ experience and a highly dedicated team committed to providing our very best service at all times.

Drink Water = Brain Power

Drink Water = Brain Power

Every person has a different thought process – which is wonderful – and even though we may think our brains are the same – they’re not. As an example, if you have two people in front of you and you pose the same question not requiring a factual answer, you are guaranteed that the answers will be different. They may be similar, but there will be differences.

That said though, there is one irrefutable fact. Irrespective of your brain capabilities, thought processes, problem-solving skills: in order to function properly, the brain requires us to drink water. Often. Throughout the day. From waking up to prior to going to sleep. Drink water we must. And should.

While we may all think differently, the fact remains that drinking water aids us in incalculable ways, not excluding:

The brain is one of the most important organs in your body to keep fuelled. It is approximately 85 percent water and brain function depends on having abundant access to water.

Water gives the brain the electrical energy for all brain functions, including thought and memory processes.

Studies have proven that your brain cells need double the energy compared to other cells in the body. Water provides this energy more effectively than any other substance.

Water is also needed for the brain’s production of hormones and neurotransmitters. Nerve transmission requires one-half of all the brain’s energy.

When your brain is functioning on a full reserve of water, you will be able to think faster, focus more and experience greater clarity and creativity.

Daily hydration not only helps with better thinking, it can help prevent attention deficit disorder in children and adults.

The reason why it is important to drink plenty of water throughout the day for optimal brain function is that your brain does not have any way to store water.

If you too, would like to keep your brain at optimum function and health, all that’s needed is the original energy drink – water.

 

 

 

Philanthropy: AquAid, Christian Aid & The Africa Trust

Philanthropy: AquAid, Christian Aid & The Africa Trust

As of April this year, AquAid has donated over £20 million to charity. This staggering amount is a culmination of charitable donations which began in 1998. This includes over £2.8 million donated to Pump Aid, which enabled half a million people to gain access to sustainable supplies of clean productive water and decent sanitation in Africa. This work was continued by The Africa Trust, which was founded by the Chief Executive of Pump Aid, together with Paul Searle, who was the founder and majority shareholder of AquAid.

To date, more than three million people use Elephant Pumps [pictured above middle] installed by The Africa Trust, largely as a result of over £10.2 million donated by AquAid.  In addition, these funds have paid for entrepreneurial training [pictured above left] and loans, which have helped over 40,000 people to set up small businesses and support their families. With legacy projects in Liberia, Kenya and Uganda and ongoing major programmes in Zimbabwe and Malawi, The Africa Trust is using funding from AquAid to provide sustainable solutions to poverty for millions.

Ian Thorpe, Chief Executive of The Africa Trust said, “AquAid has achieved growth while incorporating an extraordinary level of charitable donations into their business model.  Customers drinking pure chilled water from AquAid water coolers in the UK directly enable people to gain access to life saving clean water in Africa. The ongoing funding is helping to lift literally millions of people out of extreme poverty in a sustainable way. Many congratulations on reaching this £20 million milestone!”

AquAid donations of over £3.8 million to Christian Aid have funded water and capacity building projects in Ethiopia and Malawi, improving the lives of 370,000 individuals. The Malonda Project stands out for its provision of affordable loans and business training to entrepreneurs and pigeon pea farmers [pictured above right] in Malawi. The results are impressive: a perfect 100% loan repayment rate and household incomes increased. Inspired by the success of the Malonda Project, AquAid, The Africa Trust and Christian Aid decided to launch the £1,000,000 Rural Entrepreneurship Assistance Project (REAP). It aims to lift 5,250 households in Malawi out of extreme poverty by 2025.

Director of Fundraising, Nick Georgiadis said, “Christian Aid believes that poverty eradication requires innovative partnerships including with the private sector. Socially conscious business has a critical role to play in building a just and sustainable future for people and the planet. We are thrilled that AquAid embodies such a positive social purpose, we could not be happier to celebrate this important milestone with them. We extend profound gratitude to AquAid for their unwavering support”.

 

Energy Boosting Top Up Hydration Tips

Energy Boosting Top Up Hydration Tips

I know we keep on at you, dear hallowed reader of the AquAid posts, tweets and blogs, about how important it is to keep hydrated and it can get a bit much, but, here’s the thing – it IS important. As in possibly the most important thing that keeps the wonderful being that you are, alive and operational, not to mention functioning, lucid, thinking, your organs doing what they need to do, your skin all plumped up and your eyes shiny berry clear.

Here are some fast facts just to give you an indication of how true my mention of your organs needing water to function is:

  • Your brain is 75% water.
  • Blood is 92% water.
  • Your bones are 22% water.
  • Your muscles are 75% water.

As we can clearly see, maintaining good hydration is crucial aspect to our well-being.

Adverse effects from not drinking enough water include digestive, skin, bladder and kidney problems, fatigue and even headaches. We need water as much as the air we breathe in. Keeping your body and brain hydrated is vital.

Did you know that dehydration actually sets in just before you start feeling thirsty? Sipping water throughout the day is the best way to handle it. Always have a bottle or a glass of water handy. If you’re not a morning person, having two glasses of water right after you wake up will boost up your blood pressure to normal levels, and it’s way healthier than having your first coffee on an empty stomach.

Many of us believe that merely drinking fluids like sweetened juices, cool drinks or tea will hydrate you as well as water does. This is not true. It’s actually the opposite.  To deal with the excess sugar and salt you are taking in your body wastes immense amounts of precious water just to clean it out from your system.  In addition, if you love your coffee, make sure to drink one extra glass of water for every cup you have.

Drinking water regularly speeds up your metabolism and makes you feel more ‘full’. Not only do you eat less when you drink water more often, it’s one of the safest and healthiest ways to lose weight. Happy hydration!