Managing you water retention and how crucial it is to watch your dehydration level
Here are some common signs of dehydration:
- Inexplicable light-headedness
- Dry mouth and throat
- Raspy or hoarse speech
- Prolonged stress
- Drying of the eyes which may then lead to irritation and blurry vision
- Infrequent urination
- Low urine output
- Reduced stamina
- Reduced physical strength and speed
- Muscular weakness
You can lose several gallons of water over the course of a hot humid day especially if you’re on the move. Finding ways to conserve your body hydration is crucial in these situations.
A simply way to determine if you’re dehydrated is to check the color of your urine. If the color is dark yellow then you most certainly are dehydrated and bringing your body’s moisture level up is critical.
Also, if you haven’t urinated for a period of 10 to 12 straight hours it’s probably due to dehydration as well because your body is desperately conserving its moisture.
Here are some tips on conserving water:
Manage Your Water Consumption
Let your body optimize its current water by limiting how much you drink. Your body’s water stores will run down if you drink too frequently since the result is more urine produced (which will be expelled anyway).
Do Not Consume Caffeine or Alcohol
These liquids are known dehydrates.
Avoid Overexerting Yourself
Manage your physical activity as much as possible as this will raise you temperature which in turn elevates your sweat production. The body then proceeds to lose more water.
Manage Your Body Temperature
Do all that you can to keep your skin as cool as possible. This includes staying out of the sun as much as you can and bathing in any clean water available like a lake, pond, river, or even salt water.
Eat Mostly Carbohydrates – You can do this by limiting your protein and fat intake as these macronutrients require more water to digest and break down.
Carbohydrates are a source of glucose and they do not require a lot of moisture to break down.
Manage How You Breath
Try to breath mostly through your nostrils as doing it through your mouth causes you to lose water with every exhale you take.
How long it will take to get medical attention to homes or places of employment, is an unknown and studies have shown that it can take up to a minimum of three days or longer before any kind of help can arrive. Therefore survival preparedness is essential to be set in place for any environment whether it is in the comfort’s one’s own home, workplace or vehicle.
Stay Strong: J D Keys-Founder of SurvivalCompanion.com