Monday, June 27, 2011


It's that time of year again when your fluid intake should increase dramatically.

Working outside in the sun, heat and humidity can do bad things to your body, and your brain, if you do not drink enough.

I recently experienced a case of heatstroke because I lost track of time working 90 degree weather without anything to drink.

The next day, after I recovered, I went to the store and loaded up on the good stuff I should be drinking.

Carbonated and alcoholic drinks should not be consumed if you are working outside for long hours.  They do more damage than good.         My downfall is I drink gallons of milk, and its not helpful in extreme heat.       As you sweat you lose tons of electrolytes and need to replace them and water too.

For every hour you work outside you should be consuming ONE QUART of good fluids.

Two of them Gatoraid bottles, with electrolytes, equals a quart.

They are very easy to slug down when they are cold.

Potassium is lost at a faster rate in some people, like me, and I find that V8 has the most potassium of any drink.

With all the affordable healthy energy drinks on the market today, there is no excuse not to have a few of them on hand for your outside activities.

Farmers are notorious for not drinking enough fluids while they are on their tractors or working in the fields.

Some older tractors have no cup holders (can you imagine!) or there is no way to securely strap a bottle on.  OR the water bottle bounces off the tractor on the first bump (always happens to me).

So.... the next time you see a farmer out in the field, please bring them something cold and good to drink.

You will both be glad you did!


  1. I can't imagine a tractor without a cup holder. What were they thinking? Did you know that Gator Ade was developed at the University of Florida in Gainesville? A little bit of info this former Flordian has tucked away in a small space in her brain. A very small space. Happy drinking.

  2. I've started drinking V8 in the mornings. I'm glad that it's so good for me.

  3. What a great post... so true, and so many people forget, including me sometimes. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. I spend most of my life dehydrated I think. Hard to pack enough to drink on my horse. Bottles of fluid weigh them down when they are already carrying me and a heavy saddle with my tapederos (they weigh a lot, I should just get rid of them and carry water of some such instead). Now you got me thinking. Thanks for bringing it up.