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OUTDOOR SURVIVAL SKILLS: HYDRATION

Sip to Survive:  HydrationOn the surface, thirst is a good indicator of your body needing hydration, right?

However, when you are exerting yourself physically, while hiking, climbing and biking, consider that, while you're not feeling thirsty, your body is continuously dehydrating.

The fact is, if you're thirsty, it means you are already dehydrated, and your body has to deal with a rehydration balancing act.

Here's how your body responds to drinking water. First, of course, it goes into the stomach.  Water leaves the stomach extremely rapidly and moves on to the small intestine where only about 50 to 60 percent is absorbed into the body.  The rest goes straight to your kidneys.  So, if you quickly gulp down a 20 ounce bottle of water, only about half of it is retained; the rest moves on to your kidneys where it becomes urine.  Hence, the balancing act of rehydration begins.

So, how can you avoid a hydration balancing act?

  1. DRINK BEFORE YOU BEGIN - Drink a good dose of water about an hour before you hit the trail or begin a physically exerting activity
  2. SIP DON'T GULP - Sip along the way to keep ahead of the dehydration process - instead of waiting till you feel thirsty and gulping down a 20 ounce -  sip as you go.
  3. WEAR APPROPRIATE CLOTHING - Wear clothing that is appropriate for endurance, climate & elevation.  Consider humidity factors, sweating, keeping warm or staying cool.

Keeping your body hydrated can ensure optimum performance so that you can last longer and play harder, while enjoying your outdoor adventures and explorations.

Remember to "Sip to Survive" and stay hydrated.



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