It is important to keep our bodies hydrated on a daily basis, but it is particularly important for all of you fellow travelers-explorers-adventurers; we want to make sure our bodies and our wallets are extending to the limit, which is why it’s important to avoid things that cause dehydration especially if you are heading out to the unknown. Sometimes we don’t even know we are dehydrated, dehydration has been to the minimum but it accumulates and when we do realize we are dehydrated we are too late to keep going without rest or medication so learn to listen to your body and needs.
Exploring takes up much of our energy and hence our water level comes down as well, if you’re taking a long hike, a surf class, even if you are just out walking around the city or getting on a plane, our bodies get dehydrated easier because of the ever changing climate and atmospheric conditions of several countries. Some of the common health problems that affect airplane passengers, for instance, are often the result of a lack of humidity in the cabin air, which can lead to dehydration if you’re not careful. The air inside the cabin of a plane usually has a humidity level of 10 to 20 percent — much lower than a comfortable typical indoor humidity of 30 to 65 percent.
It’s simple: When you’re losing more water than you’re taking in, you’re at risk for dehydration. Consider this: just going for a walk at a decent pace in the sun can cause you to sweat out 16 ounces of fluid in an hour—that’s equivalent to a pound of water.
–Urine appears dark yellow; this occurs when blood pressure levels fall and the kidneys attempt to store water instead of expel it.
– Lightheadedness due to low blood pressure
– Heart rate increases
– Overheating; fluid levels within the body keep our temperatures regulated so we don’t become dehydrated and overheat
– Muscle Cramps; when sodium and potassium stores are low it can cause painful muscle spasms.
– Constipation; water absorption is required for healthy bowel movements. That’s why when we’re dehydrated, the colon contractions slower, less water is absorbed, and stool becomes hard and dry
– Cracked/dry lips
– Drink a minimum of 2 liters of water a day; the more the better!
– Keep your eyes hydrated believe it or not! So pack some eyedrops
– Nasal Spray
– Avoid drinking coffee, colas or other drinks that contain caffeine, they increase urine output and make you dehydrate faster.
– Avoid high-protein diets and if you are on a high-protein diet make sure to drink at least 8-12 glasses of water a day.
– Avoid alcohol including beer and wine they increase dehydration.
-Dress for the weather so you don’t sweat more than you need to.
-Drink water throughout the day not only when you are thirsty.
DEHYDRATED, WHAT TO DO NOW
If you have any of the above symptoms:
-Well, drink a lot of water of course!
-If you are dehydrated from a stomach ailment make sure to take small sips of room temperature water, ice pops will also help! (avoid very sweet pops though)
-If you’ve experienced dehydration, stick to foods that are easily digested for the next 24 hours, because stomach cramps are a symptom of dehydration and can recur. Try soda crackers, rice, bananas, potatoes and flavored gelatins. Gelatins are especially good since they are primarily made of water.
-Bananas have great water content and are especially good for restoring potassium that has vanished with dehydration. You can also try watery fruits such as cantaloupe, watermelon and strawberries. Watery vegetables such as cucumbers are good, too.
-Try adding 1 teaspoon lime juice, a pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon sugar to a pint of water. Sip the beverage throughout the day to cure mild dehydration.
-If you’re experiencing symptoms of mild dehydration or heat injury, or you’re just plain sweating a lot, make sure you replace your salt. Don’t just chug salt straight from the box, however. Try eating pretzels, salted crackers or salty nuts. And to slough off the dry, flaky skin that comes from dehydration, try this: After you bathe and while your skin is still wet, sprinkle salt onto your hands and rub it all over your skin. This salt massage will remove dry skin and make your skin smoother to the touch. It will also invigorate your skin and get your circulation moving. Also, if your skin is itchy as a result of dehydration, soaking in a tub of salt water can be a great itchy-skin reliever. Just add 1 cup table salt or sea salt to bathwater. This solution will also soften skin and relax you.
So stray hydrated, keep your body healthy so you can explore more and more of the world!