Hydration Tips For Hunting Season
With hunting season just around the corner its time to dust the cobwebs off your camping and hunting gear and start planning your next adventure into the wilderness. Before you get to excited however, stop for a moment and remember he most important aspect of a successful hunting trip: adequate hydration.
The human body is made up of about 75 percent water and you will not survive more than a few days without consuming water. There are a lot of important organs inside of your body that depend on water and if you do not consume it then your body will not work properly – for example, your blood contains a lot of water and it carries oxygen to the cells throughout your body. If your body doesn’t have oxygen carried by the blood then the cells will die and your body will not work properly.
There are several ways/methods to get the correct water intake amount for your body but by far the best way is to drink good old plain water. There are a lot of foods that also contain water such as fresh fruit and vegetables which can help. If you are going to be pushing your body’s limits in the rugged terrain of the back country then it is important that you make sure that you are hydrated because a dangerous situation can spring up on you at any moment.
Your body can lose about 4% of your overall body weight in the form of sweat; this can cause your blood to have less fluid because of the loss of water. This makes your blood thicker and increases your hearts work load, which puts you at risk for a heart attack or stroke.
Being properly hydrated is important before, during and after your next hunting trip to make sure that your body has what it needs to be at its best performance. Here are a few things you should know about staying hydrated during hunting season:
- The average human should have about 2 or more quarts minimum of water a day. If you’re hunting in the heat or rugged terrains of the back country then you should drink more than 2 quarts of water. Another way to figure out how much water you should be consuming is to drink half of your body weight in ounces. (For example: If you weigh 120lbs, then you should be drinking 60 ounces of water a day.)
- Beverages like soda, coffee, juice or tea will not keep you hydrated because they are diuretics and they will make you eliminate more water than you take in. About 70% of Americans are dehydrated on a daily basis because they are consuming sugary caffeinated beverages instead of water.
- A few signs of dehydration are thirst, reduced urine, darker yellow colored urine output, dry mouth, no sweat, nausea and weakness. Just a sip of water will help quench your thirst but it will not prevent your body from becoming dehydrated. Dehydration can cause a decrease in motor skills, attentiveness and memory, so if you find yourself in a fog you might want to try drinking some water.
- Sometimes thirst can be mistaken for hunger. If you are slightly dehydrated it can cause your body to crave sugary or salty food, so if you think you need a snack you should try drinking a large glass of water first.
- Dehydration is nothing to joke about because it could become a potentially life threatening condition. If you become extremely dehydrated then you could become confused, disorientated, your body can shut down or go into a coma state.
- Slowly replacing your fluids can help you become hydrated but if the case is critical you might require an IV drip. An electrolyte solution could help rehydrate you, but it is important not to consume them too quickly.
Dehydration can be a life threatening condition but it is avoidable – if you’re planning a hunting trip make sure to bring fresh filtered water. Personally, I prepare ahead of times and fill up water storage canisters with fresh filtered water from my handy water filter pitcher days before the trip.
Feeling a little more survivalistic? If there is water nearby, you might want to consider an ultraviolet water purifier so that you don’t have to weigh yourself down with water bottles.