When Napoleon was asked if he preferred courageous generals or brilliant generals, he replied neither. …
Water is “not necessary to life, but rather life itself.”
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery
According to the ‘Keep it Light” survey of 2010, 96% of UK office workers are dehydrated and only 3.9% of those surveyed actually drank the recommended one and a half to two litres of water a day.
A 1% loss of hydration will impact on mood, concentration and cognitive function. A 2% drop in hydration can lead to a 20% drop in concentration. The problem is by the time that you realize that you are thirsty then you are probably already dehydrated. So, keeping hydrated is vital to our mental and physical health.
Dehydration occurs when your body loses more fluid than is replaced. When a person’s usual water content in their body is lowered, the equilibrium of salts, sugars and minerals will also be upset, which will affect the way in which the body functions.
The easiest way to tell if you are dehydrated is the colour of your urine. If it is a pale straw colour then you are hydrated. If it is yellow and darker and usually strong smelling then you are dehydrated.
Some of the effects of dehydration are:
- Feeling tired
- Loss of concentration
- A state of confusion
Luckily the answer to dehydration is simple drink plenty of good quality water at least 2 litres a day which will assist you in maintaining a healthy life.