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Beating the heat and fluid loss

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM

My son is attending Cub Scout Twilight camp all week and we are experiencing 105+ degree weather. Today is expected to be 105 with at least 30% humidity. We all eat a meal with protein, leafy greens, and fat prior to going and drink lots of water. Do you have any suggestions to keep everyone healthy and hydrated in this mess? Hubby really wants to have Gatorade at the ready, which I am opposed to, but don't have any idea what to use instead. I have been making saltier meals so we retain some of that water.

Thanks!

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on February 16, 2013
at 09:14 PM

hows your progress you fucking obese cunt?

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on February 16, 2013
at 09:14 PM

I hope you die of kidney failure. fact.

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on July 12, 2012
at 08:17 PM

Now I owe myself a facepalm...we even have that in the fridge. Thanks!

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on July 12, 2012
at 07:41 PM

I totally agree Mathgirl... kids cannot always be trusted to stop what they are doing to listen to their bodies. If I was an adult at the camp we would be taking breaks, regularly for drinks. Like "mandatory" (not that I would force a kid but saying "if you are thirsty, get a drink" might not do the trick. I suspect the leaders will be doing that. That heat sounds horrible. Sorry. I have happy in Seattle where it might be 80 today! WooWHOOO

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on July 12, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Thanks for your answer! I am going to buy some watermelon tomorrow!

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on July 12, 2012
at 06:47 PM

I didn't even think about the melon. Thanks!

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on July 12, 2012
at 06:28 PM

Lots of people don't have good senses of what their hydration status is. Particularly kids and older folks. And at 105F you can become dehydrated very, very fast. By the time you're thirsty at those temps, it can be way too late.

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on July 12, 2012
at 06:15 PM

Yes, for a healthy adult. Kids, not so much, and heatstroke is a very real issue with a gaggle of 6-10 year olds.

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 12, 2012
at 06:37 PM

Lots of water and melons. Melons are loved by kids and give useful amounts of magnesium, potassium and sodium to beat mineral loss. Cantaloupe and honeydew are highest, but kids will pack away an awful lot of watermelon. With how cheap giant melons are and their kid appeal, that would be my first choice.

Water with lemon and lime are also helpful sans sugar, but not as popular as melons. Worth trying some anyway to see how it goes. Pretty slices in the water add color and appeal.

No need for gatorade. bleh!

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on July 12, 2012
at 06:47 PM

I didn't even think about the melon. Thanks!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 12, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Thanks for your answer! I am going to buy some watermelon tomorrow!

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on July 12, 2012
at 08:10 PM

Coconut water is a great substitute for gatorade

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on July 12, 2012
at 08:17 PM

Now I owe myself a facepalm...we even have that in the fridge. Thanks!

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on July 12, 2012
at 05:05 PM

Drink when thirsty, and don't drink when not thirsty. Your body is highly effective at regulating itself if given the proper tools. don't make the mistake of drinking just to prevent dehydration if you are not thirsty.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 12, 2012
at 06:28 PM

Lots of people don't have good senses of what their hydration status is. Particularly kids and older folks. And at 105F you can become dehydrated very, very fast. By the time you're thirsty at those temps, it can be way too late.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on July 12, 2012
at 06:15 PM

Yes, for a healthy adult. Kids, not so much, and heatstroke is a very real issue with a gaggle of 6-10 year olds.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on July 12, 2012
at 07:41 PM

I totally agree Mathgirl... kids cannot always be trusted to stop what they are doing to listen to their bodies. If I was an adult at the camp we would be taking breaks, regularly for drinks. Like "mandatory" (not that I would force a kid but saying "if you are thirsty, get a drink" might not do the trick. I suspect the leaders will be doing that. That heat sounds horrible. Sorry. I have happy in Seattle where it might be 80 today! WooWHOOO

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on July 12, 2012
at 09:47 PM

We love lemonade with Nu Naturals powdered stevia about 4 lemons to 2 qts water and stevia to taste. It's very refreshing and not sickeningly sweet like regular lemonade. Also kids need the fruit much more than the adults for growing etc. A blended watermelon drink would be awesome too!

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