Up to 75 percent of the human body is made up of water. I guess I was water-logged as a kid … it wasn’t baby fat after all. With much of the United States under a heat wave and hunting seasons kicking off across the country, you might want to consider some hydration facts to stay healthy and on the hunt longer.
1. The average human needs 2 or more quarts of water a day to survive. This is a minimum amount. You’ll need more if you’re hunting in heat or extreme terrains.
2. It’s been estimated that nearly 70 percent of Americans are dehydrated on a daily basis. Sometimes soda, coffee and other drinks just don’t cut it.
3. Being thirsty is the first sign of dehydration, but so is a reduced amount of urine and having it change to an extreme yellow, concentrated color. Dry mouth, no sweating, nausea and weakness are also sure sings of dehydration.
4. In extreme dehydration your body can go into a coma or shut down. At the very least, you could become confused and disorientated. Death can occur, so it’s nothing to gamble on.
5. Fluid replacement is the cure for dehydration, but in severe cases an IV drip could be required. Electrolyte solutions can be helpful; consume in a steady, but non-gulping manner.
6. Once your urine output begins to normalize and the color mellows, you should be on the track to continuing your day.
I’m spending a lot of time in the high country this fall, and like everywhere else it’s forecast to be hot. I’m in pursuit of elk, so I’m packing concentrated drink mix to help in hydration chores. I’m testing the Sqwincher brand of all-day hydration drink mix. Not only is it charged with electrolytes, it has less sodium and contains a boost of potassium to aid in decreasing muscle cramps. In addition to the Sqwincher mixes, I’m packing along Sqwincher Electrolyte Chews for an even easier pick-me-up.
Watch the weather and hunt extreme, but don’t overdo it.