Am I drinking enough water?

Am I drinking enough water?

Published by Gear Up on 28th Mar 2022

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The human body is about 60% water, give or take. We're constantly losing water from our bodies, primarily via urine and sweat. There are many different opinions on how much water we should be drinking every day. The health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon.

Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even light dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.

In a survival situation these are the things that you have to be aware of. Your body needs water to keep you alive. Lack of water causes many issues. Always be prepared with plenty of water and always have extra water with you in reserve. You can never carry too much water with you during a camping trip or on a mountain hike.

So how long can you survive without water? Humans in average shape and perfect conditions can probably live for three to five days without any water if they're not physically exerting themselves. Healthier people can live a day or so longer, while those who are unhealthy or exposed to particularly hot or cold weather may not survive as long.

No matter the climate or condition, if you find yourself stranded or otherwise lost in the wilds make a water source your top priority. You never know when rescue may come so plan accordingly and use every minute to its fullest. Water can often be found in the lowlands (thank gravity), where there is a sudden uptick in dense green foliage and where game-trails converge. Bring all your senses to bear in the search for water, listen for streams or waterfalls, look for the direction that birds travel in the mornings and evenings, even the scent of water is distinct and may lead you on the final stretch.

With a water source found you still have to purify it. Pat yourself on the back for now as you just increased your odds of survival massively! 

Check out guide on purifying water HERE

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