The heat of summer is upon us. The season of ice covered roads, blizzards, and whiteout conditions has come to an end. Even though for some winter seemed to hold on a little too long...summer is finally here. With the heat comes more sweat. Stay hydrated this summer. The solution? Simply one word, water!
Water is your body's principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose, and throat tissues. Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and may affect alertness.
Drink Water and Not Soda
Sugary drinks are not an alternative to water and are a significant contributing factor in weight gain. A 24 oz. Mountain Dew contains 330 calories and 87 grams (approximately 22 teaspoons) of sugar. Consider that some drivers might drink 2-3 of these or other soda drinks per day. This adds up to a lot of empty calories and sugar. Research shows that even diet drinks, though considered the lesser of two evils, are not good for you either. All of the man-made ingredients and artificial sweeteners of soda and diet soda are simply not good for you.
Another example is the product called “Vitamin Water” which boasts flavors that may mislead like “Defense,”“Energy,” and “Revive." This product offers minimal vitamins and minerals. It also offers 130 calories and 33 grams or 8.25 teaspoons of sugar for each 20 oz. bottle. Suggestion, take a multivitamin and wash it down with cool clear water!
Water - make it available to your drivers. Having water options available in the vending machines, making sure on-site water fountains are working, or even distributing water bottles with your company logo on them as a reminder to “fill up” are ways to raise their awareness. It is a well-known fact that the human body needs water for hydration. The amount of water needed for hydration varies by individual; but an attainable goal is 64 oz. of water throughout the day. Remember, sugary drinks are not an alternative to water and are a significant contributing factor in weight gain.
Encourage water as the primary beverage for your drivers. Remember that even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired. Translate that for a professional driver and this means less alertness and awareness of what is happening with traffic while over the road. A healthy and hydrated driver is a safe driver.