What is Dehydration?
The science behind it is simple – the body does not have enough of the necessary fluids to adequately function. Dehydration occurs when you lose more fluids than you take in. The treatment for dehydration is to replenish fluid loss.
While there are many different ways for your body to absorb H20, the Kidneys are the most efficient way. The Kidneys actively transport H20 to the rest of your body.
Sodium Fuels Rehydration
Sodium is the key electrolyte used to help the body retain fluids. This is the basis of a Normal Saline IV fluid given in the ER. The only ingredients in a 1 Liter Normal Saline are Salt (NaCl) and Water (H2O) (9,000mg of Salt in 1,000ml of Water). Sodium is the most abundant electrolyte contained in the fluid within the body. When dehydrated, the body sends a signal to the brain, adrenals, and the kidneys. This triggers hormones to be released from the brain and the adrenal gland to let the kidneys know the body needs fluids. During dehydration, through these hormones, sodium is taken from the kidneys through an active transport system. When this occurs, water is passively moved into the body as well. In the kidneys, water cannot be reabsorbed without the active transport of sodium. This is the concept behind IV fluids and BANa.
So Why BANa?
- 4 Adult BANa's is comparable to 1L Normal Saline IV
- Absorption rate into your body is comparable between oral consumption and IV fluids given in the ER
- Hydration equals Performance - both physical performance, and mental acuity
- Faster recovery time
The good news? You can drink as much BANa as needed until you feel rehydrated.