posted on Aug, 21 2018 @ 04:02 AM
The problem with rationing is that it is easy to under-use the water and become dehydrated despite having enough water to not do so. The best thing to
do is to drink enough, but not necessarily all of it at once. You then pace yourself and try to make it to better circumstances.
Urinating is not always wasting water. Those kidneys do an awful lot more than get rid of water... they are also responsible for quite a bit of the
chemical balances in the body. They use water as needed to control these chemical balances as part of the biochemical process. One important reaction
is the production of arginine from citruline. Citruline is the end result when arginine is used to create nitric oxide, which is needed for normal
physical exertion. The reverse reaction also occurs in the kidneys themselves, and uses a lot of water. The stress hormones like cortisol and
adrenaline stop the body's production of nitric oxide by blocking the synthase responsible. That's where the pacing comes in. You want to exert
yourself enough to slow the production of nitric oxide, but not so much as to make you sweat profusely, and hydrate as needed when needed.
If you're doing it right, your urine will be dark and you will sweat only superficially.
The water balance inside your body is critical. Once dehydration starts to occur, blood volume drops and the blood thickens. The results of that are
obviously pretty severe: extreme muscle fatigue and mental confusion can result. It also places a larger load on the heart and raises blood pressure.
That starts an endless spiral because more water is needed to counteract the effects of dehydration. So once a person starts to feel the effects of
dehydration, it will take more water to recover than it would to maintain proper function. A dry, cracked throat is a sure sign that you are becoming
dehydrated... so if that starts to happen, start drinking, a sip or two at a time, until you feel the effect diminish. Then start breathing through
your nose, not your mouth; that's wasting water.
If you do have to eat something, use small portions and only eat at night. The temperature will be cooler and your body will not need to perspire as
much, freeing up water to use in the digestion process. Digestion uses a lot of water, but it does not remove much from your body.
Incidentally, it does not matter if the water gets absorbed in your throat or your stomach. Most water never makes it to the stomach anyway; it is
absorbed quickly en route. All that matters is that it gets inside you and stays inside you as long as possible. Your body will use it as/where