In this post we want to step out of our usual packaging industry related blog posts, and write a more general post about working in hot spaces. We are half way through the summer but temperatures are still quite high, especially in the afternoon. This is why it is important to stay hydrated while working. Many companies have employees working outside in lots, or in warehouses where temperatures can rise because of machinery, despite having a ventilation system. In this blog post we give tips on how to stay hydrated throughout your work day.
If you are doing any type of manual labour, or if you are in a place where the temperature is high and your body is perspiring, it is important to drink water. Just like when you are exercising, when you are sweating your body is loosing fluid so drinking water helps with this loss. To stay hydrated, keep a water bottle nearby and try sipping 10 ounces of water every 10-20 minutes.
Drinks that contain caffeine dehydrate your body. We know it is difficult, but try reducing your coffee intake in the morning, and avoid drinks like cola, tea or energy drinks. Have some fruit to increase energy levels from natural sugar. Fruit is also a good source of electrolytes which helps recharge your body.
When you go for a bathroom break it is a good idea to keep an eye out for the colour of urine. Usually, the darker the shade of yellow, the higher the level of dehydration. If you see that the urine is pale and yellow, chances are you are doing a good job staying hydrated. Here is urine colour test you can use as reference.
If you are in the middle of work and you start feeling like your mouth is getting dry, take the time to have a sip of water of go to a water fountain to rehydrate. Dry mouth is one of the first signs of dehydration. This is why it is important to take short water breaks during work. Another sign of dehydration is dizziness. Feeling light-headed is a sign of dehydration and an indication that you should probably take a quick break.
Here is a general list of dehydration symptoms:
We hope you find this blog post useful. Remember to stay hydrated in hot weather days, and in hot facilities. Keep a water bottle near you and monitor dehydration symptoms.
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