Drip Drop, the maker of an oral rehydration system that’s been shown to be as effective as an IV, writes this guest blog post about winter dehydration and what you can do about it. Drip Drop’s Berry hydration mix was featured in the November 2017 Trailfoody.
As you trade tank tops for fleeces, one outdoor accessory you need to keep handy is your water bottle. This is very much a year-round essential. It may seem that with the sweaty, humid days of summer behind us, we can relax on the hydration front. Not true.
In fact, winter weather creates its own conditions for dehydration.
Problem #1 – You don’t feel as thirsty in winter. Some studies put it at 40% less thirsty. Why? Cold weather affects your body chemistry. The body pulls its fluids from extremities (hence chilly fingers and toes) to your core. This is a good thing when it comes to keeping your vital organs warm. But leads to increased urine output. And that, friends, leads to dehydration.
Problem #2 – We tend not to notice our sweat in cold weather. Sounds like a plus, but in fact, it can cause us to underestimate how much fluid we’re losing. Dry air means sweat evaporates quickly. More clothing means we often sweat more.
Problem #3 – We’re exhaling precious hydrating fluids with every breath. When you can see your breath in cold weather, you’re actually seeing water vapor evaporating before your eyes.
The upshot? This winter…
- Don’t rely on your body to tell you it’s thirsty. Be proactive.
- Dress in layers, so you can peel them off as you warm up. This will avoid excess sweating.
- The golden rule of dehydration applies year-round: avoid alcohol and caffeine. As diuretics, they increase urine flow and sap our bodies of essential fluids.
- The most obvious and important thing to do is HYDRATE.
How DripDrop can help.
DripDrop is an oral rehydration solution in powder form that’s mixed with water. Compared to sports drinks, DripDrop hydrates longer, absorbs faster and contains half the sugar. In fact, DripDrop is as effective as an IV*. As you head outdoors this winter, pack right by including DripDrop’s electrolyte powder sticks. They taste great, they’re easily packable and most importantly, they work.
DripDrop’s berry flavored powder stick is part of the November 2017 Trailfoody.
*2003 clinical study shows no difference in efficacy between ORS and IV