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Written by WildernessAthlete on July 29, 2011
Climbing mountains in the most severe conditions, pushing your mind and body to the limit on a daily basis, hunting season is almost here. The only true test of our individual performance level and overall toughness comes courtesy of Mother Nature.When pushing your limits this hunting season in the backcountry, your body can lose as much as 4% of your entire body weight in the form of sweat potentially causing severe dehydration and hyperthermia.
Proper hydration is critical before, during and after your next trip into the backcountry in maintaining normal hydration levels, circulation and natural cooling of the body. As the body sweats, your blood becomes less fluid due to water loss, subsequently causing the blood to become thicker, therefore increasing the workload of the heart, which could potentially result in a heart attack.
Proper hydration is critical in the prevention of dehydration, hyperthermia and even heart attack.
WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE ENTERING THE FIELD
Outside Temperature - The higher the outside temperatures are the more your body is going to sweat, the body’s natural cooling mechanism causing higher levels of water loss within the body that needs constant replenishment.
Hydration Level - If you enter the field in an already dehydrated state, you are in the great danger of suffering from severe dehydration or hyperthermia. Before your next trip into the field drink a minimum of 96 ounces or three quarts of water per inactive day and during days of high activity, double that amount or an equivalent of 192 ounces or six quarts of water per day. In the morning before you take your first steps in the morning, be sure to consume an additional 2-3 cups of water to boost your hydration level.
Relative Humidity - When the air is saturated with moisture, the body loses its ability to naturally cool itself off by evaporating sweat efficiently therefore causing the body’s internal temperatures to potentially reach dangerous levels causing hyperthermia. Water intake is critical in humid environments.
DID YOU KNOW?…
If you are thirsty, your body is already in a state of dehydration.
• Thirst can be mistaken for hunger. Mild to moderate dehydration can cause sugar and food cravings, especially in thevening, so before you pick up a snack, drink a large glass of water.
• Mild dehydration may slow your metabolic rate by as much as 3-5%.
• 80% of people suffering from dehydration have increased back & joint pain.
• Dehydration can cause daytime fatigue, decreased motor skills, concentration and memory retention.
• Dehydration can be attributed to an increased risk of colon, breast & bladder cancer.
By adding Wilderness Athlete Hydrate & Recover to your infield hydration system, you are not only replenishing fluid loss but also necessary electrolytes. Wilderness Athlete Hydrate & Recover provides an excellent source of electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and metabolic cofactors that power their way into the cells of the body.
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