As a prepper, I try to anticipate our every need and take the steps to prepare for each need. So, last year, while working outside daily in temperatures reaching over 90 degrees and in the blazing sun, the need to rehydrate became apparent, especially in cases when water isn’t enough.
We do not have to be an athletic individual with sweat pouring from our body to become dehydrated. We lose water daily through normal body functions such as breathing, perspiring and even through our urine and bowel movements. The foods we eat, what we drink and our environment also affect our hydration.
A dry mouth
While researching the percentage of water in our bodies, I ran across varying amounts, so I will go with an average of 70 to 80% water. Every system in our body depends on water. The water in our body flushes toxins from vital organs and carries nutrients to our cells. Lack of water keeps our body from carrying out normal functions. Even mild dehydration drains us of energy; making us feel tired. Everyone can suffer from dehydration, but close attention should be paid to children and elderly folks. For our body to function properly we must replenish this water supply or we will dry up like a raisin.
But even more, when we become dehydrated, we lose much more than water. We also lose vital nutrients such as vitamins and minerals absorbed in that vital bodily fluid. So, drinking plain water is not enough to replace what we lose.
Medical and dietary experts usually recommend 8 ounces of water each day for healthy people, but the amount of water each person needs can vary from person to person. Rehydrating drinks, such as Pedialyte, Gatorade or PowerAde can replace fluids and electrolytes. But what happens if we have not anticipated this need and stocked up on these drinks or packets of Oral Rehydration Salts and supplies become cut off?
While researching on the internet I ran across rehydrating recipes made from a few basic staples that preppers are sure to have on hand and gave them a try. The recipe below has helped in rehydrating us and now my husband asks for it!
2 tablespoons sugar
¼ – ½ teaspoons salt
1 liter of water
Use a small whisk or fork to mix well until the powdered ingredients dissolve and drink.
Most recipes had the measurement of salt at ½ teaspoon, but when I tried that amount in the mixture, it tasted too salty, so I cut it back to ¼. I recommend trying each amount to determine which would work best for you.
The taste is not bad, but it is nothing to brag about either. I do not see children drinking it easily, so I played with the taste a little; after all if someone needs rehydrating it is important for them to be able to tolerate the drink.
First I tried a teaspoon of watermelon flavored snow cone syrup we had on hand from purchasing a small home version machine last summer and that improved the taste. The syrup is made by Rival and they have a variety of flavors to choose from. I was also surprised by the nutritional facts on the label. 0 Saturated and Trans Fat and 0 Sodium and Cholesterol! But it does have carbs and sugar.
I also tried a singles packet of Kool-Aid and that works, as well. Another option I have not tried yet is a drop or two of flavored extracts found in baking sections of grocery stores, such as vanilla extract or any of the many flavor options available. The extracts are concentrates, so a drop or two would be plenty to add to the recipe.
Some people will be able to drink the rehydrating solution without the added flavoring. The important thing to remember is to add just enough to barely flavor the water enough to make it drinkable, if needed.
I am thankful this concern came to me in time to find a workable solution because I am sure I would be at a loss if I did not have this bit of knowledge. And I am thankful to be able to share it with others who may have not considered this potential health risk.