|Adam Sandler in Water Boy|
16 May 2012
Some of the symptoms of this condition are muscle cramps, lack of sweat, nausea, vomiting, heart palpitations, weakness, light headedness, and lack of urine output, and can lead to complications ranging from mild to severely life threatening (kidney failure, shock, electrolyte deficit and abnormalities, coma, and more).
Basically being dehydrated is BAD, and can have REALLY REALLY BAD consequences if you do not get enough fluid intake. To make sure you stay hydrated on a regular basis (not just when you are doing physical labor or in a hot environment) it is a good idea to have good habits and maybe even a routine. Some ideas that we have tried are...
- Starting the day with a big glass of water is a great idea, which gives us a good jump start to the day.
- Eating lots of raw fruits and veggies throughout the day helps us stay properly hydrated as they are loaded with water (and an added bonus is that they are loaded with vitamins and nutrients as well).
- Keeping a BPA free water bottle (we prefer Nalgene) with us allows us to take advantage of whenever clean water is available and get a fill up.
- Being aware of environment, weather, and types of physical activities helps us to prepare; we can judge how much and how often we need to hydrate based on the conditions we will be in throughout the day.
- A BIGGIE: Always increase water intake at least a half an hour before engaging in rigorous/hot physical activities (this is particularly important to me before I walk into my Bikram hot yoga classes... I learned this the hard way).
On the more positive side of this post are the health benefits of STAYING hydrated all the time...
- Detox! Water helps get rid of toxins and waste in the body by pushing them out through your sweat and urine.
- Better temperature regulation, which means a more properly functioning system and body (consider a water-cooling system on an engine).
- Keeping everything flushed and clean improves the body's ability to fight off illness and viruses.
- Better weight management due to the fact that water improves digestion, as well as flushes out fat byproducts.
- Better lubrication for joints, spine, eyes, and brain, which means they will all function more properly.
- Pretty skin! It improves the condition of the skin by keeping it supple, moist and clean, which means less wrinkles, less break outs, less dry skin (and so on...).
- Better oxygen transport to muscles, making the muscles more efficient, active, and strong.
We usually stick to distilled or filtered water over tap when we can. A water maker was one of our recent investments, and is how we plan to keep an adequate amount of safe drinking water on board when we start cruising again this year. A hard lesson we learned when cruising before is that water kept in jugs for drinking can turn green and fuzzy on you at a very bad time, and Coors Lite simply does not cut it when mildly dehydrated on a very hot day on the water.
Coconut water is a BIG favorite of ours, and is incredibly hydrating. It contains a bunch of electrolytes, making it the ideal drink after a hard workout or after very hot day out in the sun.
How do you stay hydrated?