Drink water, stay young and healthy

WHA welcomes new research underlining importance of hydration

The Water Dispenser and Hydration Association (WHA) welcomed new research that indicates proper hydration could be linked to a reduction in the development of chronic health conditions as well as slowing the signs of biological ageing.

The study was carried out by a team at the Laboratory of Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institute for Health in the US. It examined the links between blood sodium levels and fluid intake.

The research showed that adults with higher blood sodium levels were statistically more likely to develop chronic conditions than those with lower readings and were more likely to show signs of biological ageing. While the study does not demonstrate a causal link, it does demonstrate the importance of good hydration in promoting long term health.

“The health benefits of drinking water have long been known,” says Jon Wicks, chair of the WHA. “NHS guidelines recommend six to eight glasses of water a day to maintain proper hydration levels, but we also know that many people fail to reach these targets.”

One of the most effective ways of helping to keep both staff and customers hydrated is by providing water dispensers, as a practical and easy to use method of accessing water where it’s needed throughout the day. As more people have become aware of the importance of proper hydration ensuring this is available to staff can be a useful tool in creating an attractive workplace that aids in staff retention.

“This new research reinforces what we have known for some time,” says Jon. “Remaining properly hydrated has numerous health benefits and installing water dispensers is a great way to provide access to fresh water for your staff.”

The WHA has long championed the benefits of hydration and, through its auditing processes and educational initiatives, enabling its members to deliver world class solutions for water provision.

Sourcing water dispensers from WHA members is a simple way to guarantee top levels of quality and safety. The WHA provides guidance, training and standards for the industry by ensuring that all members supplying water dispensers undergo annual audits and regular industry specific training ensuring the quality and sustainability of the services they provide.

The Water Hydration and Dispenser Association (WHA) is the voice of the water dispenser and hydration industry.  For more information and to find a list of members visit twha.co.uk