Staying hydrated while in a survival situation in very important. It can be the difference between life and death. Water accounts for 50% of your body’s weight. Every cell in your body needs water to function properly. The human body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints. Water is essential for good health. During a high-stress situation, such as a SHTF scenario, you are going to sweat much more than usual. Survivors, who have a closet-full of guns and ammunition, and choose to omit a source of pure clean water, will do no good in a post apocalyptic situation. Your body loses water at an incredible rate. If you are running, or the weather is extremely hot, your body dehydrates in a matter of minutes, not hours. If you are in a high-stress situation, and you become thirsty, it may already be too late.
How do you know if you are dehydrated? Symptoms of dehydration include the following:
- Little or no urine or urine that is darker than usual
- Dry mouth
- Sleepiness or fatigue
- Extreme thirst
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- No tears when crying
How much water is enough water?
There are different recommendations for water intake each day. Medical professionals typically advise people to they should be drinking six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day, which is a reasonable goal. However, different people need different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Most healthy people can stay well hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. For some people, fewer than eight glasses may be enough. Other people may need more than eight glasses each day.
Some people are at higher risk of dehydration, including those who get a lot of exercise, have certain medical conditions, are sick, or are not able to get enough fluids during the course of the day. Older adults are also at higher risk. As you age, your brain may be unable to sense dehydration and send the signals for thirst.
If you are concerned that you may not be drinking enough water, check your urine. If your urine is consistently colorless or light yellow, you are most likely staying well hydrated.
Water is just the beginning. Even though it is the best option to stay hydrated, there are other items you can consume to hydrate your body. Things like fruit juices, vegetable juices, milk, tea, coffee, and soda can all add to your water intake, but it is best to limit these items to a small amount, especially if you are physically exerting yourself.
Sports drinks are only useful if you are in a prolonged high intensity situation. The sugars in these drinks add calories, and the electrolytes in these drinks will replace the ones you lost. It is very important to remember that a sports drink and an energy drink is not the same thing. Many doctors recommend that kids and teens not drink these at all, since they contain too much of many substances that could be harmful.
It isn’t difficult to stay hydrated. In a SHTF scenario, drinking water is one of the simplest things you can do to keep a clear head. Make sure you have an abundant supply of drinking water in your survival kit, as well as a way to clean existing water sources, should you run out. Always hydrate before, during, and after times of high energy and stress.