Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Simple Survival Tips - The Rehydration Kit

Dehydration occurs when your body loses more fluids than you take in and as a result your body doesn't have enough water to carry out its normal functions. If the lost fluids aren’t replenished you may suffer serious consequences. The excessive loss of fluids by your body can lead to dehydration and seriously endanger your life.

While water is necessary for the treatment of dehydration, your body also suffers from the loss of other nutrients as well. Sometimes you need to add a little extra to your water to help replenish these other nutrients. Lemon juice when combined with a little salt and sugar can help to replenish the nutrients which may have been lost due to dehydration. Vitamin C is also present in very high amounts in lemon juice. Lemon juice is safe to use and is very well tolerated by most people. It is an excellent way to treat dehydration.

A simple rehydration kit can be made using several small packets of lemon juice in conjunction with a few small packets of salt and sugar. Adding a couple of packets of lemon juice, a small packet of salt and a small packet of sugar to your water bottle will help to prevent the effects of dehydration. These items are small and lightweight making them an excellent addition to your survival kit or B.O.B.

Got lemonade?

Staying above the water line!



vlad said...

I add one teaspoon Morton LiteSalt to one gallon water.
Here is why ...........
page 118 Let's Eat Right by Adelle Davis
Under normal circumstances, a healthy person runs little risk of deficiencies of sodium and chlorine. In extremely hot weather, however, so much salt can be lost through perspiration that death may occur.
Death from salt deficiency occured during the construction of Boulder Dam and similiar projects. During the blistering summer of 1933 I corresponded with an engineer who was working on Parker Dam. Each letter contained some such note as, "We had a wonderful cook but he died yesterday of sunstroke." The symptoms of sunstroke are now recognized as caused largely by loss of salt through perspiration.
A lack of salt causes symptoms varying in severity from mild lassitude, weariness, or hot-weather fatigue, common during heat waves, to heat cramp, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke, familiar to those who work in iron foundries, furnace or boiler rooms, and industrial plants such as steel or paper mills. Even persons who play tennis or take similar exercise during hot weather may suffer from heat stroke.
Persons working in extremely hot weather are often advised to take a salt tablet with each drink of water.
page 187 there are three nutrients - potassium, sodium and chlorine which we need in quite large amounts. Sodium and chlorine are supplied by tablet salt.

Morton LiteSalt 11 oz about 99c
1 oz = 6 teaspooons
11 oz = 66 teaspoons= 76,560 mg sodium, and 89,760 mg potassium

1 teaspoon
1160 mg sodium
1360 mg potassium
40% iodine

One gallon water 128 oz has 16 each 8 oz servings.......
8 oz water has 72mg sodium 85 mg K
8 oz Gatorade 110mg sodium 30 mg K
p273 "Let's eat right" by Adelle Davis "People who salt food lightly should add 3,000 mg sodium to a day's dietary, and those who enjoy well salted food 7,000 mg. Normally, the intake of potassium should be approximately the same as that of sodium, and calcium intake should be 2/3 that of phosphoros."

Gatorade per 8oz serving
total fat.....................0 grams
sodium .................110 mg
potassium................30 mg
total carb.................14 grams
sugars.....................14 grams
protein .....................0 grams

Anonymous said...

Thanks River Walker, beats paying Gatorade packet prices by a mile. All those items can be found for free at some restaurants.

Anonymous said...

•¼ tsp real salt
•¼ tsp no salt (potassium chloride)
•¼ tsp baking soda
•2 ½ tsp sugar

riverwalker said...

Thanks everybody for the great comments.

Just thought it might be prudent to let everyone know that there are a number of different ways to make a simple rehydration solution.


Rita said...

I have never seen the reallemon packets before. Do you know where to get them? I wonder about their shelf life?

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