Hydration 101

 

 

 

Big game.big prep.always prepared.Always lethal
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 the evening, 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.
           
Drink comparison

Drink                                                                    Sugar                          Carbs                  Calories

 
W.A. Hydrate & Recover                                       0                                  6                      27
             
 COKE                                                  27                               27                    100

ORANGE SODA                                 34                                35                    130

 CLUB SODA                                       0                                 0                      0
                        
GATORADE                                       14                                14                    50
 G2                                                       7                                  7                      25
 POWERADE ZERO                            0                                 0                        0
 SOBE ELIXIR                                     26                                26                    100
 SOBE LEAN                                        0                                 1                     5
 APPLE JUICE                                      25                                27                    110
 FRUIT2O                                             0                                  0                      0
 MINUTE MADE LEMONADE             27                                28                    100
 CASCADE ICE                                     0                                  0                       2
 LIPTON ICE TEA                                21                                21                    80 
LIPTON UNSWEETENED ICE TEA   0                                  0                        0
             
GLACEAU VITAMIN WATER           13                                13                      50
 SNAPPLE ANTIOXIDANT WATER   12                                12                      50
 CRYSTAL CLEAR VIT WATER          0                                0                        0
 PROPEL ANTIOXIDANT WATER     2                                   2                     10
PLAIN WATER                                   0                                   0                     0
1 SUGAR CUBE= 1 PACKET OF SUGAR= 1 TEASPOON OF SUGAR =
4 GRAMS SUGAR =16 CALORIES
           
Other FACTS:
1)      One can of soda per day = additional 15 lbs per year
2)      Start drinking soda at 2 years old (1 can per day) = 250 lbs as a teen
3)      One 12 oz soda per day increases the risk of obesity by 60%
4)      Average Recommended Daily Allowance for “added sugar” (at an 1800 calorie per day intake) = 6 tsp
Wilderness Athlete hydrate & recover 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
• Glucosamine for repair and lubrication of hips and joints.
• 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