Dealing With Dehydration

01:29 am | Friday, 04 September 2015

“Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.”  - Lines from  The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge that no sailor wants to come true when out on the water. Dehydration is the bane of sailors. While bright, sunny days are great for taking the boat out, the physical activities on board and constant adjusting to the conditions heats up the body and sweating is its way of cooling down. This obviously leads to loss of fluids resulting in dehydration, dizziness, fatigue and headaches. It goes without saying that to make the most of every sailing, sailors need to take steps to deal with the real danger of dehydration.

1. The simplest thing to do is to carry water or  fruit juice and some cut fruit like watermelon or citrus fruits to replenish the fluids and electrolytes lost through sweating. Drinking large quantities at one go can cause a feeling of being bloated.

 2.Small sips every 15 minutes are a better way to stay hydrated.Energy drinks may also help. Diluting them with water is a good way of consuming them.

3.Keeping an energy bar or something that gives a boost of glucose and sugar is advisable to replace electrolytes.

4.Last but most importantly, being aware of hydration levels and signs of dehydration can go a long way in preventing it. Hunger pangs sometimes are actually an indication of low sugar and dwindling electrolytes. A quick bite of fruit, juice or an energy bar will solve the problem immediately.