When winter comes, most people expect to succumb to the usual array of bugs and colds floating around the office. This is particularly the case in offices that have air-conditioning, which involves breathing in recycled air rather than enjoying fresh outdoor air. When bacteria and germs enter the system and large groups of people sit close together, without fresh air colds can quickly spread and half the office can find themselves feeling under par! Before you reach for the medicine cabinet though, remember that there are plenty of things that you can do to avoid colds and other bugs during the cold season. Staying hydrated is one of them. Many scientists believe that if people stay dehydrated, the natural moisture content within their noses dries out and this compromises their natural defences. Certainly it's noticeable too in the general appearance of people who aren't staying hydrated; signs such as congested skin, red eyes, dry skin and a general appearance of tiredness and lethargy can often be attributed to a lack of water. This is because water lies at the heart of every action in the human body; indeed, people are made from 70% water! So make sure that you stay hydrated at work as a fundamental first step to battling winter colds. You can fill up a cold glass of refreshing water at the office water coolers in the kitchen, or opt for a hot drink from the hot water dispenser. Avoid sugary or caffeine-laced drinks, though, as these drinks stress the adrenal system and provide unwanted calories. Try herbal teas instead, such as chamomile, mint, fennel, cinnamon, liquorice, green tea and mixed-fruit flavour teas. There are also teas that are sold as pre-blends, which are designed to calm, detoxify, cleanse and energise the body whilst boosting mental awareness. You can find these at your local health store or supermarket, or head online for great ranges and more unusual blends. Latest news from Angel Springs, leading UK supplier of office water dispensers, bottled and mains-fed water coolers and eco boilers.