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You're not tired, you're thirsty!

Updated: Aug 18, 2022

Considering the human brain is made up of 70% water, it should be no surprise that hydration is key for optimal physical and cognitive performance.

Studies show that even just a 1% loss of fluids can decrease cognitive function, and at 3-4%, dehydration can reduce productivity by 25%.

A Quench study found that around 77% of working Americans do not consume enough water to meet their health needs.

Furthermore, factors such as workplace stress, workload, and the use of heating systems or AC in the office can lead to greater water loss.

When promoting workplace wellness, it’s important to be aware that hydration contributes to the overall well-being formula.

So, what can companies do to promote better hydration in the workplace?

• Provide unlimited sources of water at work.

For example, water filtration systems connected to building plumbing or traditional watercoolers strategically placed throughout the office should encourage employees to consume more water.

• Consider giving away reusable water bottles or personalized water cups to staff.

• Create an engaging campaign to encourage employees to get up and get a glass of water.

Provide fruits to snack on.

Fruits such as strawberries, watermelon, and cantaloupe have up to 92% water content.

Communicate facts about hydration and the benefits of drinking adequate amounts of water through your well-being newsletter or workshop.


Adeola Mead is a Naturopathic Physician with 15+ years of clinical and corporate consultancy experience. Vitaliteam Workplace Wellness provides and curates health/wellness services and experiences centered on holistic, personalized care for individuals while fostering social connection and positive team cultures. We are a “Boutique EAP” agency that is hyper focused on identifying and comprehensively addressing the root cause issues underlying individual and organizational health concerns. Contact us for a complimentary health consult or corporate wellness discovery call.


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