Overhydration: How Real is the Risk?

We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, but what happens when we go a little bit too far? Overhydration is a very real issue, and it can lead to quite a few issues in our bodies. While we want you to stay hydrated and stay on top of your body’s needs, we also want you to know what symptoms to look for when facing a possible case of overhydration.

Overhydration, at its core, is when the sodium and electrolytes in your body become too diluted. This can make your body’s necessary functions more difficult, causing an inability to function. There are two main types of overhydration:

  • Increased water intake: This happens when you ingest too much water for your kidneys to process. This may result in too much water gathering in your bloodstream.
  • Retaining water: This is usually the result of a medical condition where your body will not eliminate excess fluids and retains them instead.

Either of these situations can be dangerous, and they demand medical attention.

Who Gets Overhydrated?

While it can happen to anyone, overhydration is most common in marathon runners and endurance athletes of any kind. These athletes have a tendency to consume too much water before their event, as well as during. This is why the Institute of Medicine urges most people to stick in between 74-100 ounces of water per day on average. While this number will change depending on the weather, your age, sex, and activity level, it’s a good frame of reference.

Those who suffer from the following medical conditions are also more likely to suffer from overhydration:

  • congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • liver disease
  • kidney problems
  • syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone
  • nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • uncontrolled diabetes

What are the Symptoms?

While the earlier symptoms are harder to detect, you may notice some of the more advanced ones. Seek medical attention immediately if you find that you or someone else has a severe headache, nausea and vomiting, or confusion. Some of the more advanced symptoms can include seizures, a coma, unconsciousness, or serious muscle spasms and cramping. Unfortunately, cramping is also a symptom of dehydration, so keep in mind how much water you have had to drink that day to determine which one it may be.

How is Overhydration Diagnosed and Treated?

Overhydration is usually diagnosed by the doctor asking about your medical history. There are other illnesses that can cause similar symptoms, so they will need to rule those out ahead of time. Blood and urine tests, along with a physical exam, can help a doctor truly determine if a patient is overhydrated.

Once a person has been diagnosed with overhydration, there are a few possible treatments:

  • Reducing the fluid intake of the person
  • Instructing the patient to take diuretics in order to increase the amount of urine they produce
  • Treating the condition that caused the overhydration
  • Stopping any medications that may be leading to overhydration
  • Replacing the sodium, in severe cases

How to Prevent Overhydration

There are a few steps you can take to make sure you do not become overhydrated. Endurance athletes, such as marathon runners or rowers, should weigh themselves before they compete, as well as afterwards. The difference in weight will determine how much fluid is needed to replenish what was lost during the physical activity. Experts recommend consuming 16 to 20 ounces of fluid for every pound lost.

Also, you should consume anywhere from two to four cups of water during an hour of physical exercise. If you will be exercising for much longer than an hour, sports drinks are a great option, too! These contain sugar, potassium, and sodium, all of which are lost while we sweat. Also, let your thirst guide you as you exercise! When you are feeling thirsty, take a drink. It’s your body’s way of saying that you need to be more hydrated.

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Necessary Hiking Tools – Part Two

Welcome back! In our last blog post, we covered some of the top items you should bring with you on your next hike—regardless of how easy or difficult it may be. We mentioned wearing the right hiking shoes, bringing along a map and a compass, as well as toting some extra water and food in case of an emergency or an injury. Today, we are going to cover a few more things you should bring on your next hiking trip.

Extra Clothes and Rain Gear

The weather can switch at any moment, so it’s never a bad idea to have a poncho with you or a rain jacket to keep you protected. Also, dressing in layers will allow you to adapt to the temperature as it fluctuates over the day. However, we do recommend that you avoid cotton and that you carry a hat. Cotton keeps moisture close to your skin, which can cause irritation. Hats can help you protect your eyes and your scalp from the sun.

Safety Items

You never know what can happen. The warmth of a fire and some extra clothes could be the difference between hypothermia and a cozy night’s sleep. Bring items to make a fire, pack a light, and wear a whistle around your neck. Fires are a great way to signal for help if you get lost, and blowing on your whistle will be much more effective than trying to use your voice. Blow the whistle in three short bursts to signal for help. Also, in case you’re out past the sun, having a flashlight is a good idea to check the map and see where you are walking.

First Aid Kit

It’s easy to find pre-packaged first-aid kits designed for hikers! They will include bandages, ointments, and other items you might need in case of an emergency. If you want to be absolutely certain that you know what to do in an emergency, sign up to take a first-aid class! A wilderness one might be just what you need.

Knife or Other Multi-Purpose Tool

With a knife or other sharp tool, you’ll be able to cut strips of cloth into bandages, get rid of any splinters, fix eyeglasses if they break, and get creative with your gear if it should break. The uses are endless, so don’t be caught without something so lightweight and useful!

Sunscreen and Sunglasses

That sun will not take it easy on you! Even if you are in the shade of the trees, it’s always good to stay protected. If you are hiking above the treeline, there is a skin-scorching combination of sun and snow. Make sure you wear sunglasses to prevent slow blindness and sunscreen to keep your skin safe.

Backpack/Hydration Pack

Your backpack should be designed to be brought on hikes and carry as much as you need it to. Hike the smart way and plan ahead! Some hiking backpacks even come with a rain cover built in. Many of these packs also include a hydration pack, so you can drink water on the go without having to stop.

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Necessary Hiking Tools – Part One

If you are planning on going on a hike soon, make sure you’re prepared! Hikes are a great way to take in the sights and enjoy some nature. However, they involve a little more effort than just taking a stroll around your neighborhood. We at Infuze LLC know the importance of hydration and being able to access water whenever you need. Read on to learn our list of the top things everyone should bring with them on a hike, regardless of how intense or mild it may be.

The Right Shoes

If you are going on a small hike or one that won’t involve a heavy pack at all, you can probably get away with a solid pair of trail shoes. However, if you intend to go on any sort of longer hike or carry a heavier load, a pair of hiking boots might be a better decision. The same goes for hikes with rougher terrain where boots might offer some more support.

Map and Compass, or a GPS

A good map and a reliable compass can tell you where you are, but it can also tell you how far you have to go. The right hiking map will also let you know where the closest campsites, water spots, and emergency exit routes are. A GPS can be helpful, but the map and compass should come with you every time in case the GPS doesn’t work for whatever reason.

Extra Water

This is where your hydration pack comes in handy! A water bottle is a good choice, but a hydration pack allows you to move around without worrying about carrying a bottle. Also, without enough water, your body’s muscles simply can’t perform at their best. Dehydration can make you more susceptible to altitude sickness as well! If you are worried about the amount of water you can bring with you, find a travel purifier. That way, any water you find will be safe after a little work.

Extra Food

You could get lost or injured, and while these things are certainly not the end of the world, they could mean that you end up on the trail a lot longer than you had hoped. With that said, nothing is worse than being stuck somewhere with no energy and no food. Bring along some healthy snacks, like trail mix or a granola bar, to keep you energized and satisfied.

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Signs You’re Dehydrated – Part Two

In our previous blog, we talked about some of the top ways to know that your body is dehydrated. These include everything from simply feeling thirsty to disorientation and headaches. However, that isn’t as bad as bad as it could be. Today, we would like to list five more signs that you are not as hydrated as you would like to believe. Make sure you are staying safe and mindful of your body’s needs when on the go with Infuze LLC! Our water pack filters are perfect for hydration without sticky flavorings getting trapped in your flavor pack.

Muscle Cramps

Muscle fatigue is normal after a long period of exercise, but cramping is not as expected. This is a serious sign of dehydration! The body needs both water and salt to keep the muscles moving, meaning that a lack of these is going to cause cramping. The main sign to look for is widespread cramping and not just tension in a small section of the muscles. If you do experience tension in one small area, that’s usually just a sign of being overworked.

Prevent cramping by drinking sports beverages with sodium, or choose healthy but sodium-filled snacks like pretzels or cheeses. The sodium helps your body retain the water.

Lack of Sweat

If you are no longer sweating, you are in serious need of hydration. It’s also a sign of overheating or even a heat stroke. Regardless of the reason, it’s important to take steps to cool down rapidly to prevent any serious issues.

Dark Urine

If your urine is colored lightly, like straw, your body is hydrated! However, if it’s dark or there is blood in it, it’s time to stop exercising and focus on your hydration. Also, clear urine usually indicates that you are a little too hydrated.

Fever

While there are a few causes of fevers, one of them is dehydration. This is because your body is overheating, which leads to a change in your body’s temperature set point. Excessing overheating is a major sign that you are in danger. You should stop exercising immediately, hydrate, and even take an ice bath to cool your body back to a regular temperature.

Dry and Shriveled Skin

Hydrated skin appears to be doughy and full. Yes, hydration helps your complexion! However, your skin cells rely on hydration for their elasticity. That’s what allows your skin to bounce back. If you pinch your skin and it doesn’t go right back to your body, that usually means you are dehydrated.

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Make sure you pay close attention to your body, as there are many signs that you are not hydrated enough. Also, keep in mind that proper hydration cannot entirely protect you from hyperthermia or heat stroke, so if you notice any of these symptoms or the ones listed in our previous blog, please stop what you are doing! Your health matters much more than a workout that could land you in the hospital.

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