Hydration 101

by Wilderness Athlete June 08, 2014

Posted on June

Written by WildernessAthlete on July 29, 2011

BIG GAME. BIG PREP. ALWAYS PREPARED. ALWAYS LETHAL - KRISTY TITUS - PURSUE THE WILD

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.

Other FACTS:

One can of soda per day = additional 15 lbs per year

• Start drinking soda at 2 years old (1 can per day) = 250 lbs as a teen

• One 12 oz soda per day increases the risk of obesity by 60%

• Average Recommended Daily Allowance for “added sugar” (at an 1800 calorie per day intake) = 6 tsp

BENEFITS

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.

 

  • Amino Acids to help feed your muscles through cellular repair.
    • Provides a precisely balanced mineral and electrolyte composition to replenish these vital
    elements and maintain peak muscle physiology
    • Antioxidants to fight free radicals and improve metabolic function
    • Branched Chain Amino Acids
    • Oxygen enhancers to promote optimal oxygen uptake and utilization
    • B Vitamins to help sustain your body’s natural energy production
    • Is formulated to optimal isotonic strength for and effective hydration
    • Provides a spectrum of metabolic cofactors essential for energy production
    • Helps maintain tissue hydration for highest metabolic efficiency
    • Supports the oxygen demands of the active body
    • Delivers essential vitamins and amino acids for maximizing energy reserves such as 1000 mg of Vitamin C
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