How Hydration Can Lead to Increased Employee Productivity

August 13, 2019

We all know employee productivity is important. We spend hours talking about how to boost staff performance and investing in career sessions and coaching, but we rarely focus on one of the biggest influences on employee productivity: Hydration. To function at its highest capacity, our brain needs to be fully hydrated––just a 1% drop in hydration can lead to a 12% drop in productivity. Since we don’t realize we’re thirsty until we drop 3% in hydration, our judgment, memory, and the ability to make decisions often suffers long before we realize we’re dehydrated. People tend to think that dehydration occurs after strenuous physical activity but did you know that office workers are prone to dehydration too. And drinking water alone is not enough to keep us hydrated throughout the day. Our brain also needs key electrolytes in order to reach and perform at its fullest potential. 

 

Electrolytes = Brain Power Brain Function 

 

Electrolytes like Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc, and Calcium are essential to brain function and performance. They also help make the most of the body’s water intake. Potassium carries oxygen to the brain and keeps the nerves and brain functioning. This allows for clarity of thought. When the brain doesn’t have enough potassium, “brain fog” may occur. 

 

Magnesium increases brain electrical activity to allow for better learning and memory function. It also improves the brain’s neuroplasticity, which is essential for a great memory and for calming the central nervous system that helps the body fight stress. Lack of magnesium can cause irritability and lack of focus. 

Zinc is necessary