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The Prevention of Dehydration from Heat

With summer, starting it is important that we start to protect ourselves from heat related illnesses.  Dehydration is the most important factor leading to heat illnesses.  Water is a critical element in the body, and you must have adequate hydration for the body to function properly. The human body contains up to 75% water.

Dehydration occurs when the body loose water faster than it take it in.  The human body loses water for many reasons.

  • You lose moisture every time you take a breath
  • Sweating from exercise, you can sweat 2 quarts of water per hour.
  • Urination or bowel movements
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

To protect yourself against dehydration in a hot environment, if hiking you should drink 1 gallon of water for every 20 miles you hike at night and 2 gallons per 20 miles during the day. …

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