DON’T EAT YELLOW SNOW.
The million dollar question, is it safe to drink your urine?
With several caveats and under certain conditions, yes, it is safe to drink your urine.
By alternating water and urine, you may effectively hold dehydration at bay and make your viable drinking water last longer. At some point; however, your urine’s sodium levels increase and rapid dehydration follows.
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- Don’t (((panic)))
- Make a shelter
Step 5 – Water and Dehydration
The importance of water is only second to air.
Suck it up, what you need to know about water and dehydration:
The recommended intake of water for adults is 8 x 8oz glasses = 64oz of water per day.
For the outdoor adventurer that is equivalent to two (2) 32 oz water bottles or four (4) pint water bottles per day. Not that difficult. Many fruits and vegetables are filled with water too.
**You lose more water during exertion, hot weather, and at high altitudes. Drink up.
Inevitably someone asks can you drink too much water, of course, they call that water boarding…
There are field tests for dehydration:
- Skin pinch test on the back of the hand, lower arm or abdomen should result in skin returning to its normal position within a few seconds. This is not always definitive due to decreased elasticity in older skin and if the humidity is high.
- Use the capillary nail refill test. Apply pressure to the finger or toe nail bed by pinching several seconds. The nail bed will turn white as the blood is forced from the tissue. Remove the pressure and observe how quickly the blood refills the nail bed turning it pink, 2-5 seconds.
- You should always keep track of the color of your urine if possible, this is often your first and most important clue. Urine with a dark yellow tint might signify dehydration, providing you didn’t just take a “B Vitamin”.
- Be aware of headache, dry mouth, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, tiredness, decreased urine output, and lack of sweating.
Step 5 cont. – Water and one “Gnarly Dude”
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