One of the most frustrating experiences you can have in the backcountry is being dehydrated. Dehydration occurs when you lose more fluids than you take in. Dehydration comes with a slew of annoying symptoms like fatigue, headaches, and extreme thirst. It’s not something any backpacker enjoys experiencing. But often, backpackers feel that dehydration can be avoided simply by drinking more water. In fact, proper hydration requires that you also maintain proper sodium levels. With Infuze, you can put hydrating, sodium-rich, drink enhancers in your Camelbak to avoid these symptoms.
Doesn’t Water Keep You Hydrated?
Simply drinking more water when you’re dehydrated will only temporarily relieve the symptoms of dehydration. Drinking too much water can actually throw your sodium balances out of alignment. The result is that you’ll continue to experience the symptoms of dehydration even after you’ve had some water. When you drink too much water, your kidneys create more urine to bring your body back into balance. Alternatively, if you have too little water, your kidneys will conserve any remaining water. This triggers your sense of thirst.
But Doesn’t Salt Make You Thirsty?
We often associate sodium with salt. Eating a basket of salty french fries will leave you feeling parched and in need of a glass of water. So why would we want to use salt to stay hydrated? Salt actually plays a vital role in maintaining our hydration levels.
So What Does Sodium Do?
Your body has two ways to store fluids: intracellular fluids that are inside your cells, and extracellular fluid that flows around the cell. Water delivers nutrients to your cells and removes toxins and waste from the cells. Salt’s role in keeping you hydrated is to keep some water out of your cells. Proper hydration requires that a balance of water inside of and outside of the cells is struck. Sodium helps to regulate the body’s blood volume, blood pressure, and pH levels. This allows your muscles and nerves to work properly. That of course, let’s you push through that extra mile, climb that last peak, and paddle around that unforeseen bend.
How Do You Keep That Balance?
Lucky for you, it’s increasingly easier to maintain your water and sodium balance while traveling through the backcountry. Beyond putting salt on your rations, there are many drink enhancers that are chock-full of electrolytes. Electrolytes help to move electricity through your body and let you move your muscles. These drink enhancers help boost your levels of sodium, that in turn helps you stay hydrated.
Infuze Is Here
Avoid the headache, Infuze hydration filters make it easier than ever to stay hydrated on your adventures. Our unique drink enhancer filter keeps syrups and flavorings out of your Camelbak, and with a flip of a dial, you get the sodium you need to maintain your hydration levels. So the next time you head out into the wilderness, bring your water purifier, your Camelbak, and of course your drink enhancers and Infuze to stay hydrated and happy.