We have covered many topics in the past such as fluid-based balance, electrolyte balance, and dehydration, along with several articles pertaining to first aid from heat-related emergencies. We’re going to refresh (as it is the season) the importance of hydration and several things you can do in an emergency situation. What constitutes an emergency? Anything that threatens either life or limb, or threatens to incapacitate you in a permanent manner is an emergency that needs to be dealt with.
How Dehydration Occurs
Your body is about 75 to 80% water, which in itself is an oversimplification. The reason for this being there is intracellular fluid (fluid within the cells), intercellular fluid (the fluid between the cells), and other factors affecting fluid dynamics. This last term refers to the amount of fluid going in and out of the cells, and directly relating to both input (what you drink and take in with your meals) and output (in the form of urination and diaphoresis, also known as sweating). An additional form of output is termed extra-sensory perspiration, and this is what is exuded from your body in the form of vapor from the lungs breathed out, as well as fluid loss from the eyes (yes, both the tear ducts and the eyeballs themselves).
When you couple these losses with strenuous or stressful activity, it amounts to fluid loss that can impair your health. As mentioned in other articles, keep this rule in mind: thirst is a late sign of dehydration. In order to be hydrated properly during the course of a day, you should consume at least half a gallon to a gallon of water daily. This amount is in the normal daytime routine. Heavy physical work or exercise adds to this amount needed.
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