How to prevent dehydration even in winter

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Preventing Dehydration
How to prevent dehydration even in winter!

Avoid dehydration (even in winter)!
One component of Winter survival that even survivalists often
overlook is dehydration. With water everywhere in winter,
including snow and rain, it's easy to overlook, but dehydration
happens in a cold environment just as much as it happens in a
hot one!

Every prepper knows that you can live only three days without
water, and most
preppers have skills to secure potable water,
few, however, think much about dehydration in the colder months.
Below is how to prevent dehydration (even in winter)...

How to Prevent Dehydration
Preppers should have a strategy to stay hydrated in winter.
Staying hydrated can help you not only survive, but it can protect
your heart, increase your metabolism, as well as help maintain
peak muscle and nerve functions. What's more staying hydrated
can help you stay focused so you can concentrate on survival.

On the flip side, dehydration can cause kidney problems, make
you sleepy and hamper your energy levels. You can't afford to get
dehydrated if you're a prepper.

Stay happy, healthy and hydrated, by planning for hydration
throughout the year. Here's how to prevent dehydration...

#1: Recognize signs of dehydration...
There are many signs of dehydration. Thirst, headache, decreased
urine (or strong smelling urine), these are among the telltale
signs you're not drinking enough water.

The first signs of dehydration, include dizziness, nausea, muscle
cramps and tiredness. To remedy dehydration, mix a pink of salt
in almost a pint of water and drink. (Use a mason jar in the pint
size, and fill it up about 3/4 of the way.) Add a teaspoon of sugar
to help cure diarrhea.

When any of the following happen, your body is asking you to
drink more water:

  • Bad breath. If you don't have enough saliva you likely have
    bad breath.Under healthy circumstances saliva helps reduce
    bacteria in your mouth by washing it away with food particles.

  • Chapped lips. Chapped lips are one of easiest ways to spot
    dehydration. Licking your lips won't help though because
    although your saliva has natural antibacterial qualities, if
    you're dehydrated you're also not producing quality saliva.

  • Constipation. Constipation is a side effect of not drinking
    enough fluids. Women menstruating should drink more water
    at the monthly cycle to help prevent the constipation they
    get at the beginning of their cycle.

  • Dark colored urine. When urine is dark it's concentrated and
    in short supply circulating in your body. It's one of the
    important ways your body can tell you it's dehydrated. In
    babies you may find that the diaper isn't wet for three or
    more hours.

  • Diarrhea. Loose watery stools can be a sign of dehydration
    as it may be a sign of illness. Your body needs water to
    digest food properly.

  • Dizziness. A person who is dizzy may be experiencing

  • Dry mouth. Sometimes medications cause dry mouth. A dry
    mouth is a symptom in children who are dehydrated.

  • Dry skin. Evaporation of the skin is something that you'll
    find more notecable in winter months than in the summer.

  • Fatigue. Without water you will quickly feel lethargic. If
    you're feeling tired you can quickly perk up with fluids. You
    may feel weakness in muscles or just not having enough
    energy. Lethargy is a serious indicator that you are
    dehydrated. In children, you may find irritability and fatigue
    when they are dehydrated.

  • Headaches. A headrush or headache is another side effect
    of dehydration.

  • No tears. Children and babies who cry and have no tears
    may be severely dehydrated.

Numbness. Tingling of fingers and toes or hands and feet may be
a sign you're dehydrated. Beware that some of the same
symptoms of dehydration may also apply to diabetics and pre-

  • Muscle spasms! Typically you don't think of muscle spasms
    and aches as a cause of dehydration and electrolyte
    imbalance, but twitches and weakness happens when you're
    not fully hydrated.

  • Sunken eyes. In babies who are dehydrated you may find a
    sunken fontanel. The fontanel is the soft spot of the baby's
    head. Children who are dehydrated may have sunken cheeks
    or eyes.

  • Thirst. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. By the time
    you're thirsty, you are dehydrated. Thirst is the body's
    warning signal. Excessive thirst can be a symptom of
    diabetes, so check with a physican. For example, if you drink
    lots of alcohol and you

  • Nausea. If you're feeling nausea, then your body may be
    ready to expel water from your system. You'll need to
    manage the nausea and rehydrate.

#2: Know the causes of Dehydration.
While dehydration generally occurs in warmer climates, at higher
altitudes or with increased physical activity, there are many
causes of dehdyration, which can happen, even in winter"

  • Altitude. In high altitudes people may get altitude sickness,
    which is dehydration in action, but dehydration from altitude
    changes can happen even in winter.

  • Burns. Severe skin burns can cause dehydration.

  • Excessive sweating. While usually excessive sweating
    happens in heat waves, it may also happen with overexertion
    in crisis. Hyperthyroidism can also cause excessive sweating.

  • Pregnancy. During pregnancy a woman is drinking for two
    and can avoid some birth defects by hydrating properly.
    Water helps form the placenta. The most critical time for
    hydrating is in the final days before giving birth to ensure a
    safe delivery and adequate breast milk for the baby. Women
    will find they will vomit less and feel better during natural
    childbirth if they are properly hydrated as well. Hydrating
    during pregnancy is critical to avoid:
  • inadequate breast milk production,
  • low amniotic fluid,
  • neural tube defects or
  • premature labor.

  • Vomiting. When the body is not able to hold fluids and it
    comes up as vomit, the body is severely dehydrated.

#3: Be aware of how you lose hydration...
To paraphrase Sting, you lose hydration with "Every breath you
take," and "Every move you make."

  • Breathing: Every time you exhale, moisture leaves your body.

  • Humidity: When the weather is humid, it draws moisture
    from your skin. Humidity is the gaseous state of water ~ it's
    invisible to the human eye. The more humidity the more
    likelihood dew, fog or precipitation will follow.

  • Sweating: About 75% of your body is made up of water.
    Through natural bodily functions we excrete fluids. Sweating
    is an evaporation of moisture from the skin. It's the body's
    way of cooling itself. High humidity reduces your body's
    sweating effectiveness.

  • Urinating, defecating and vomiting. Through the bodily
    functions you'll lose water naturally and it may seem like
    there's nothing you can do, but you can! Make sure you have
    the proper output of urination and that you aren't defecating
    with loose watery stools by drinking lots of fluids. As well
    you can limit vomiting when properly hydrated.

  • Detoxification: A natural process of detoxifying, your body
    will sweat out toxins.

#4: Take small doses of water throughout your day.
Make it your morning habit to drink a glass of water before you
have breakfast. It's the most important thing you can do to stay
healthy and hydrated. The best thing you can do to avoid
dehydration in winter months or in colder climates is to start your
day with water. Other options include coffee or tea, preferably

Take proactive approach! Throughout your day take steady sips of
water. Use of a hydration backpack can help you on a long
journey by foot or bicycle to keep a steady flow.

A few key things to consider in a survival situation:
  • Never eat snow. You can damage your mouth and tongue
    and you can lower your body core temperature in a survival

  • Boil or purify your water. Don't have a way to boil? You can
    also place a container of snow in a container and put it next
    to your fire to allow it to melt.

Hydration packs and bladders:

#5: Stay hydrated with Electrolytes.
What are electrolytes? They are chemicals in your body of
positively and negatively charged ions that help your body
function properly. Electrolytes hydrate your body, balance your
blood pressure and also help with your muscle and nerve

It's important to replace both the water and the electrolytes you
sweat out.
A scientist might describe an electrolyte as a
electrically conducting solution ~ or a "compound which produces
ions when dissolved in a solution such as water,"but in layman's
terms it is hydration or the minerals dissolved in body fluids.
Sure, they are electrically charged ions, but it's about supply the
body with what it needs. The proper mix of salt (sodium) and
sugar are the foundation of an electrolyte, but it may also include
calcium, magnesium, and phosphate, and potassium.

Hydration powders and tablets:
There are many kinds of hydration powders available to mix with
water and to help restore the electrolytes in the body.

  • Drip Drop Oral Rehydration Powder. Vital electrolytes ~
    sodium, potassium, magnesium ~ increase your body’s
    ability to maintain healthy blood pressure, heart rhythm,
    muscle and neurological impulses that keep you performing
    at your best.

  • Oral IV is contains trace minerals and structured water.
    There's no sugar, no chemicals, no additives, no stimulants
    and zero calories. It includes only the smallest and right
    amounts of chromium, magnesium, manganese, potassium,
    selenium, silicon, sodium, zinc, and a blend of other natural
    trace minerals.

  • RecoverORS, it's like the Pedialyte for adults. RecoverORS
    helps calm distress symptoms caused by dehydration such as
    headaches and cramps, where sugary sports drink, water,
    and incorrect formulas never help! RecoverOrs is hydration
    for hangover, diarrhea, vomiting or diarrhea. It's great to
    have in the prepper's medicine cabinet or in the bugout bag.
    RecoverORS  Recovery Electrolytes  helps ease    absorption   
    of electrolytes and hydration through your body's sodium-
    glucose pump so your body can flush out toxins and  deliver  
    necessary  nutrients to your problematic  areas...sugary  
    sports drink, water, and incorrect formulas prolong the

#6: Know the foods that cause dehydration.
Foods can leave you feeling parched, but they don't necessarily
dehydrate you. For example, eating salty foods will have you
thirst for water, but salt also helps you retain water. On the flip
side, if water is sparce it's good to eat foods that are non-thirst
Non-thirst provoking is concept behind ration bars.

  • Does coffee dehydrate you? No! It's myth that coffee
    dehydrates you, but there is an important consideration
    about drinking coffee. Caffeine consumption  can lead to
    insomnia, rapid heart rate, faster breathing, nervousness,
    nausea and even vomiting if in excessive amounts.

  • Will blueberries dehydrate you? No. Fruits and vegetables
    are filled with natural hydration that's good for you.

  • Does asparagus dehydrated you? No. It's an odd myth
    simply because it may cause dark urine and strong smell.
    Rest assured that this is only because asparagus is
    concentrated and highly nutritious!

  • Does watermelon cause dehydration? No. Foods with high
    amounts of water, like watermelon are good to eat to
    prevent dehydration. Others to try include celery, cucumbers,
    strawberries melons and citrus.

  • Will sodas dehydrate you? No. Any beverage will not
    dehydrate you because of the water content.

#7: Keep your skin hydrated.
Humidity in the hot months can suck the moisture from your skin.

  • Lip balms and lotions. You can lock in moisture in the winter
    and summer months in part with lip balms and add back
    hydration with lotions.

  • Electrolytes. Drinking liquids is important, but sometimes
    you need an extra kick and that's when electrolytes will
    help.  You can avoid an electrolyte imbalance in an
    emergency by stocking up on electrolytes. You can get
    electrolytes through calcium, and potassium magnesium  for

#8: Get a good water filter.
When you filter your water you'll realize how much better it
tastes over regular tap water. You'll drink more! Below are some
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Everyone knows that the best way to prevent dehydration is to
drink more water and yet most people just don't drink enough
water. Also, there's more to it than just drinking water ~ you can
learn tricks to retaining hydration.

General loss of hydration can cause many health problems as well
as death. That's why it's imperative that preppers and survivalists
think about dehydration (even in Winter) and learn to recognize
the symptoms. It's a survial skill just as important as knowing
how to filter water.

Just like in the summer months, dehydration in winter may
happen from sweating, illness or not having access to water.
Dehydration may sneak up on you in winter.

That's why preppers should follow a few basic rules:
  • Start your day with a tall glass of water.
  • Bring a container of water whenever you leave home.
  • Have a water filter, water purification tablets or metal
    container on hand always.

Dehydration can happen very quickly and so it's good for preppers
to be aware of dehydrating even in winter and especially if you're
in an outdoor survival situation. Below is the prepper's guide to
prevent dehydration even in winter...

It's important to drink to stay healthy and to avoid constipation,
dizziness, lethargy, headaches and disease. Dehydration is just
as much of a problem on a typical winter's day as it is on a hot
summer's day:

  • Winter: While you may not associate cold-weather with
    dehydration, there's a link. You'll lose hydration in winter
    from exercising in the cold winter air. That's because sweat
    evaporates more quickly in cold air. So be sure to hydrate
    before you have fun on the slopes or shovel snow.

  • Summer: Sweat is a natural in summertime even if you don't
    exert yourself with physical activity in the sun. If you are
    thirsty you have started the dehydration process so be sure
    to drink plenty of fluids all day long.

Happy endings...
Dehydration is just as much of a problem in the winter as it is on
a hot summer day. Stay happy, healthy and hydrated, by planning
for it.

Be sure to stash enough water for a quick trip out of the house
and for storage in the long term. A family of four needs 270
gallons of water for a three month supply according to Utah State

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