The need of salt-tablets in the desert
WILLIAM F. ROMANO
ROMANOWF%DFB at pcmail.usafa.af.mil
Mon Jan 30 11:21:28 EST 1995
In article <klomberg.1.001577FD at euronet.nl> klomberg at euronet.nl (Matthieu_Klomberg) writes:
>I have a question. If a man stays for a while in the desert, does he need
>salt-tablets to stay alive if there is a short of water.
>Does salt reduces the intake of water?
>It looks contradictionary.
>Waiting for any reply,
While there is a need for replenishment of ions lost due to excessive
sweating, taking salt tablets would have a detrimental effect with low water
intake. I was informed that the salt would pull water out of the body and
cause even further dehydration. Normal ion levels can be maintained by
regular eating, but taking salt-tablets instead of normal drinking will
speed up dehydration and cause death much faster.
William F. Romano
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