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How Water Coolers Can Keep You Healthy

Apr 19, 2008
Drinking water is something many people do not do. Some people are unaware exactly how important water is for ones' health and some could even go a whole day without realising just how dehydrated they are. Some feel that drinking hot beverages will help keep them hydrated, however, much of these beverages are caffeinated and ultimately act as a diuretic to the system. So in effect, if you are drinking water and drinking tea or coffee, you are actually losing fluid.

Many offices and public building have installed water coolers and dispensers to try to instigate a healthier option to drinking. Fruit juices and fizzy drinks contain plenty of sugar and calories. These are like liquid calories to your body, so it may feel like you are not eating very much and drinking plenty of fluids, but in the end you are piling on the calories. Each soft drink is as much calories as a typically normal meal. Furthermore, you absorb all of the sugars and additives, but expel much of the water.

Installing water coolers in the work area and in public places ensures people that there is perfectly filtered water available for people to top up on their water intake. Alternatively, people are free to purchase a small bottle of water, yet there are some people who forget to keep themselves hydrated and so end up feeling lethargic. This may not even be an important issue for many people and are possibly unaware of the damage it is causing to their health.

Dehydration is a common problem that many people do not realise they are suffering from; some of the symptoms can be in the form of headaches, dry throat, tiredness, lack of concentration and lethargy. In addition, people that do not drink enough water, will break out into bad skin conditions, dry hair and in turn suffer from stomach problems, which include constipation and for women urinary tract infections.

This is not a good sign when all of the above problems are resolved by quick fix medication, as often the solution is as simple as taking a trip to your nearest taps, water coolers or dispensers and taking a drink of water. Drinking refreshes your sense, flushes out any toxins in the body, improves your skin condition and reduces any feelings of lethargy. You are immediately more alert, you begin to focus better and ultimately feel more energetic. It is better to drink water that is room temperature so it is easier to absorb into the body, however, in some cases drinking cooled water is a good way of reducing body temperature on a hot day.

For hot beverages, many people prefer to drink tea, hot chocolate or coffee. These are fine as long as they are decaffeinated. As an alternative, there are herbal teas or Guarana as an alternative to drinking coffee. These are not always going to be top choice for many people, but they are far better for your internal system than drinking copious amounts of caffeine based drinks. Drinking alcohol also dehydrates the body; therefore, it is a good idea to remember to drink plenty of fluids in between the cocktail drinking!
About the Author
Anna Stenning is an expert on water coolers, as she makes sure to drink plenty of fluids from her office water cooler at work.
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