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Oral re-hydration mix


My good friend Mac (pict on BCUSA). Got this recipe From a book called “where there is no doctor”

He has used this and stands by it! Heres what he wrote over here at BCUSA

For me the first noticeable signs of dehydration are a dry mouth, irritability, dark urine if any, and extreme fatigue. At this stage of the game simply drinking water, while good, is not enough to restore me to full function. I either carry prepared oral rehydration mix available in pharmacies here or create my own mix according to this formula.

Oral Rehydration Mix

1 liter of purified water (filtered and treated, boiled etc)
½ level teaspoon of salt
8 level teaspoons of sugar. The sugar can be whatever you have available, white, brown, raw, molasses, even honey.
½ cup of fruit juice or crushed banana

I have learned that if I down a canteen of this in an hour I will be feeling fine in short order and peeing free and clear a while later.

You don’t have to go to the expense of Gatorade mix or other sports drinks to have this in ready-made powdered form. Snag a handful of sugar and salt packets from your local fast food place and measure the contents. Then put the correct measure of packets in a ziplock. I add three “True Lime” packets for flavor and the result is amazingly like Gatorade.

More signs and symptoms!

Symptoms of dehydration usually begin with thirst and progress to more alarming manifestations as the need for water becomes more dire. The initial signs and symptoms of mild dehydration in adults appear when the body has lost about 2% of it’s total fluid. These mild dehydration symptoms are often (but not limited to):

If the dehydration is allowed to continue unabated, when the total fluid loss reaches 5% the following effects of dehydration are normally experienced:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased respiration
  • Decreased sweating
  • Decreased urination
  • Increased body temperature
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Muscle cramps
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Tingling of the limbs

When the body reaches 10% fluid loss emergency help is needed IMMEDIATELY! 10% fluid loss and above is often fatal! Symptoms of severe dehydration include:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Vomiting
  • Racing pulse
  • Shriveled skin
  • Dim vision
  • Painful urination
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Seizures
  • Chest and Abdominal pain
  • Unconciousness

Be aware that these are not the only symptoms of severe dehydration that may manifest in response to dehydration, these are simply the most common. Symptoms of dehydration will differ from person to person because the body is a complex network of systems and everyone’s body is different. When these systems are disturbed due to loss of fluids there will be several common symptoms shared by most bodies, but there may also be unusual or unexpected responses depending on the particular person in question. Age also plays a part in the manifestation of symptoms. Signs of dehydration in a child will not be the same as those experienced by a teenager, adult or in the elderly. Dehydration prevention is the best treatment for every age group. heatstroke is always around the corner.

These facts were gathered here

One Comment leave one →
  1. 29/04/2010 18:41

    Some good information there bud.

    Thanks for sharing.

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