Mountain Living

Dehydration

Dehydration … don’t wait ‘til you’re lizard dry!

The low humidity of our high altitude environment causes us to lose more fluid via respiration than by sweating. This insensible water loss is insidious and allows dehydration to sneak-up on us without warning. Symptoms and signs include decreased exercise tolerance, lethargy, weakness, and decreased urine output. Thirst is not a reliable indication of dehydration. Treatment includes rehydration and rest: water or commercial electrolyte solutions both work. Prevention is far more desirable: drink 8 to 10 glasses of water per day or until your urine is clear!