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Skiing and dehydration

Ski season is upon us here in Denver, and many of us are hitting the slopes. While skiing, there are many safety risks that snowbunnies should be aware of. One distinct risk that’s rarely talked about is dehydration. This risk is especially important to understand for out-of-towners unused to the physical demands of a high altitude. Keep yourself protected and keep your energy results up by learning more:

High Altitudes Sap Moisture

Few people know that you need more water in higher altitudes than lower altitudes. For one thing, air at altitudes over 5000 ft contain less water than air below. Additionally, the best powder is usually created by arid climates, and so ski resorts are especially famous for dry air. Another factor that leads to dehydration at high altitudes is frequent breathing. Each time you breathe out, you exhale moisture that your body may well need. In higher elevations, we usually breathe more rapidly, seeking the oxygen that our body is accustomed to at sea level.

For tourists enjoying Denver’s beautiful skiing conditions, dehydration may well be mistaken for altitude sickness, as it saps your energy and makes you feel utterly drained after a strenuous day on the slopes.

Physical Exertion in Cold Weather

Skiing and snowboarding are high impact activities that take a toll on our bodies. However, in the cold, this can be hard for our bodies to process. Imagine you’re running a 5k on a sunny day. The heat and constant cardiovascular exercise would immediately remind you that you need to hydrate to replace the water you lose by sweating and breathing. In cold weather, doing a sport that contains long periods of sitting on a ski lift, you may not recognize the signs that you need water. All the same, you are sweating under all those layers, respirating quickly, and exerting a lot of effort.

Alcohol and Coffee Don’t Hydrate Effectively

Many skiers are on holiday, which almost always leads to increased alcohol consumption, a habit which everyone knows leads to dehydration. However, instead of rehydrating in the morning, most of us grab a nice hot coffee and hit the slopes. It’s important to note that although coffee is a liquid, it doesn’t have the hydrating effect you might hope. Rather, it’s a diuretic that can lead to less water retention. Surprisingly, the body in high elevations doesn’t really want to hold on to moisture. In order to prevent elevated blood PH, the body undergoes diuresis (increased urine production.)

With all of these factors, is it any surprise that most skiers are dehydrated? Keep your energy levels high and your body healthy by bringing a water bottle with you on the slopes, and conscientiously drinking extra water before and after you go out.

IV Hydration Therapy Can Restore Energy

Here at Revive, we see a lot of visitors who are experiencing uncomfortable dehydration on their vacation. Our IV hydration therapy offers welcome relief, quickly restoring hydration at a cellular level so that you feel revitalized and ready to take on the slopes. We even offer concierge services where we bring the hydration straight to your door! Give us a call today to learn more.

As with all medical procedures, results will vary depending on your age, the severity of condition, genetics, general health and environmental conditions.


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