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MineFit TidBit: As Weather Gets Warm, Are you Staying Thirsty?

Posted By Darrell Smith, Friday, April 22, 2016

…a Focus on Proper Hydration as Invaluable to Safety and Heath.

Did you know that your body is made up of at least 60% water? Losing even 1.5% — the tipping point for mild dehydration — causes dips in mood, energy levels, and cognitive function.   

Common causes of dehydration can be as innocuous as a sunny day with mild sweating throughout the day, a morning workout routine during the summer, and frequent high blood sugar levels (very often unrecognized by doctors - causes kidney stress).  

Other contributors can be medications, stress level, sleeping patterns, and dietary restrictions which cause excessive fluid loss or stress on the liver and kidneys.  

On the worksite, it is estimated that 60% of workers arrive at work in a state of dehydration. Just 1% dehydration has been found to decrease worker productivity by 12%, and 3% dehydration equates to a state of intoxication: decreasing reaction time and safe practices while operating heavy machinery.  

The solution? Be sure to drink 80 ounces of fluid (that’s almost 3 liters per day) even if you are not thirsty, because the thirst mechanism in the body is often unreliable. Water is not enough. Choose fluids with electrolytes (yes, Pedialyte is great) and those with B vitamins to encourage high rates of cognitive and muscular function.  

Cheers to a safe and hydrated summer.  

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