Preventing Dehydration on Long Distance Hikes
Dehydration is a condition in which the body loses more fluids than it takes in. It can be a potentially life-threatening illness.
A number of participants on our long distance hikes such as The Great Saunter suffered from this serious illness.
Replace the fluids lost through the skin (perspiration), through the lungs (exhaling), and through the kidneys (urination). Drink fluids frequently and before feeling thirsty; include beverages that include electrolytes. Electrolytes are minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, chloride, and phosphorus which are important in maintaining healthy muscle and brain functions.
Signs and Symptoms:
- Muscle aches
- Decrease in urine output
- Urine may be dark
Foods and Fluids Containing Electrolytes
- Propel Fitness Water
- Power Bar Endurance
- Coconut Water
- Smart Water
- Green Leafy Vegetables
Chia seeds should be ground for better absorption.
Please note: Shorewalkers makes no food or beverage recommendations. The above is for informational purposes only.