ZIPHERS - the importance of hydrating - women's health

Staying hydrated while hiking is essential for anyone, regardless of gender. However, women may have additional reasons to ensure they are well-hydrated while hiking.

One of the more insightful but concerning trends we've noticed talking to female hikers is their admittance to limiting their water intake while hiking or engaging in other outdoor activities due to a fear of having to urinate in the wilderness. This can lead to health issues such as annoying and painful urinary tract infections. Ouch!

Prioritize your hydration needs and plan for bathroom breaks while hiking. This may involve researching bathroom locations along the trail, carrying a portable toilet or biodegradable TP, selecting appropriate areas to relieve oneself while minimizing environmental impact, and wearing your Zip Hers!

ZIPHERS - the importance of hydrating - women's health

A few more reasons to stay hydrated: 

Women generally have a lower total body water content compared to men. This means that they may become dehydrated more quickly, which can lead to a range of negative symptoms, including headaches, dizziness, and fatigue.

Additionally, women who are hiking in hot and humid conditions or at high altitudes may be more susceptible to heat exhaustion or altitude sickness, both of which can be exacerbated by dehydration.

Therefore, it is important for women to prioritize hydration while hiking by drinking plenty of fluids before, during, and after their hike. It is recommended to bring at least 2 liters of water for a full day of hiking and to drink water regularly, even if you do not feel thirsty.

It is also important to note that hydration is not just about drinking water but also replenishing electrolytes, especially if you are sweating a lot. Electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, and magnesium can be found in sports drinks, coconut water, and electrolyte tablets.

ZIPHERS - the importance of hydrating - women's health

Overall, staying hydrated while hiking is crucial for both men and women, and it is important to be proactive about preventing dehydration and its associated health risks. Our mission is to empower women by offering activewear that provides confidence, comfort, and convenience.

We want you to feel safe and comfortable when you need to relieve yourself and hopefully not having to pull your pants down, does that. Now drink buttercup and always put your health and wellness first!
April 25, 2023 — Debbie Mercer

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