RESEARCH: The Fire Fighter Hydration Study
FIREFIGHTER HYDRATION - A Study In Hydration for Fire Fighters
There are some needs in the Fire Service in dealing with hydration and dehydration of personnel on the fire-ground. I did some research on the matter of hydration but most of the resources available deal with athletes and volume loss through sickness. The thing that I did find was that a lot of congruencies exist in the different ways that dehydration effects people. One absolute fact was that we need water as an essential nutrient and it affects many of our body's systems and functions. Hydration is about more than just water. Water only hydrates outside of the cells (extracellular) – in order for the human body to be fully hydrated – the fluid replenishment needs to be at the intracellular level (inside the cells). Water and sports drinks cannot achieve this level of hydration. H2O Overdrive™ is capable of achieving this level of hydration due to its unique formulation and complex ratio of exact nutrients, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, protein and carbohydrates. It should be noted that trying to hydrate using simply water – can at some point be dangerous if so much water is being ingested that it creates an imbalance in the body’s electrolyte balance. This first key physiological attribute of H2O Overdrive™ is the fact that it contains the correct 2:1 potassium/sodium electrolytes balance that is key in “unlocking” the cells and allowing the vital nutrients and fluids into the cells themselves to enable intracellular hydration.