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Revisiting Dehydration in 2015

Bigger Clouds, Sub Ohm Coils… More Dehydration!

A Vaping Rx for moderate to heavy Vapers

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It’s been a great year for cloud chasing. New tanks in the sub ohm territory delivering more and more vapor, like the Kanger Subtank, the Aspire Atlantis, and the Joyetech Delta 2. This is a good thing, right? Of course it is…with one important caveat; Beware Dehydration.

We all know by now that vaping zaps the water out of your body in ways smoking never could. Vapers know that in order to stay hydrated, and staying hydrated is a must… we must consume more water, or more liquids every day.

My First Article on Dehydration is here.

Vaping in 2012

Shortly after I began vaping I noticed I was thirsty more than usual. At first it was a minor nuisance, then I began to suspect I might be a diabetic (Type 2), and it wasn’t until I was told by someone who has been vaping a lot longer than I had that vaping was the culprit and that I needed to consume more water than usual. Well, I did, and my hydration problems disappeared. A big Thank You goes out to Roger for cluing me in early…

For almost 3 years I never even bothered to think about hydration because I had permanently upped my water intake by two 16oz bottles of Poland Springs each day. The minute I woke up in the morning I would grab a bottle (stashed a case in my bathroom for just such occasions), and drink it down in a matter of half a minute or so. I call this my “half minute drinkdown”. Then it was downstairs for coffee and the usual start of my day. The other “additional” bottle of water was always in the late afternoon. I had given up a can of Diet Dr. Pepper and replaced it with another 16oz bottle of Poland Springs… The rest of the day and night I carried on as I usually did, drinking whatever I wanted, when I wanted, without regard to hydration or anything else, that means mostly Dr. Pepper and sometimes a bottle of water…

Vaping in 2014

Fast-forward to August 2014 and all of a sudden my symptoms of dehydration came back. Alarmed, I made an appointment with my doctor and had myself checked for Type 2 diabetes, it runs in the family so I thought it was just a matter of time. Luckily I have so far escaped this dreaded disease, but I was still thirsty more than usual. And you know… my doctor is well aware of my vaping habits and she never said a word about the effects of vaping and the need for more fluids.

It wasn’t until Tom, Jason, Keira, and myself were having one of our eliquid review discussions that the topic came up. Tom made an offhand remark that since spending a lot more time with these newer tanks he has had to almost double his water intake. From the way he said it I’m sure he thought we all knew the same thing, but we hadn’t even thought about it. The three of us just looked at each other, and I could imagine all of us slapping our foreheads in pointing out the obvious.

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After we regained our focus and started paying attention again, Tom went on to tell us all the story of how he came to realize that the vast clouds of vapor that were now the norm had dried out his skin, how he thought he had developed an allergy because he was always scratching his arms and legs, and how easily he became hoarse when speaking to the group.

Not really catching on to what was going on Tom just so happened to start carrying around a bottle of water with him when he knew he was going to talk to people. Not as a way to hydrate himself, but only as a symptom reliever for this hoarse throat. After a couple of weeks he realized that when he did this all of his symptoms abated, albeit for a little while. Then one night, he says, he jumped up from a dead sleep with what was a revelation about this constant thirst… vapor, again!

Tom went on to tell us that he believed he was the last to know about it, so he never mentioned it to us for fear that we would all give him a hard time for “finally catching on”… truth was, he caught on before we did.

Tom Prescription For Cloud Chasing Hydration

We asked Tom how much of an increase in fluid intake he made, and how long it took to see a difference, and all kinds of other questions related to this new dehydration panic, and he set about giving us what he said was his “prescription for cloud chasers”, not that any of us were really cloud chasers.

  1. Recognize the facts – Vapor zaps the moisture out of your body. The more you vape, the more fluids you lose. Know this.
  2. Examine how often you are vaping lower-ohm, higher wattage devices.
  3. Keep track of the increased amount of eliquid you are vaping. This was instantly familiar to us because these new tanks are hungry for ejuice. I can vape a tank full of juice in my Atlantis in less than 2 hours. That’s 4ML at least, several times a day. My “juice use” is almost 12ML a day, 7 days a week, more than double what it was a year ago. (but only half the nicotine)
  4. Increase your “water” intake by twice as much as you did in 2012. Twice as much! For me that meant going from 2 extra bottles a day to 4.

In the normal course of the day I consumed a total of 4 16oz bottles of water and several Dr. Peppers, and 3 or 4 cups of coffee. Now I’m supposed to drink 6 bottles of water and the soda and coffee. Do-able, but not a lot of fun.

  1. If the extra 2 bottles of water doesn’t have an almost immediate affect on our hydration we were to cut back on soda and use water instead. We had to find the balance, and quickly.

After about a month I found my balance. I didn’t want to write about it until I knew I could keep up with it. I mean, come on, adding water to your fluid intake is a lot like a diet, you swear you’re going to do forever and after a few weeks you begin to slip, and then drop it completely. Same with hydrating yourself…

Julia’s Hydration Schedule

For the amount of “new vaping” (vaping with lo-ohm, high wattage) that I was now doing I use the following schedule, every day.

Wake up: Drink a 16oz bottle of water… takes half a minute.

Enjoy my cup of coffee… my ONE cup of coffee.

Work: When I begin working, at home (Boston) in my studio or in Florida at the office, I drink another bottle of water in the “half a minute” style… then I go about my day as usual. Dr. Pepper always in my vicinity and always being sipped, about 4 or 5 cans during the day.

Home: When I get home it’s another bottle of water while going through my snail mail or returning personal calls. Half a minute…

Dinner with Keira: Water instead of Dr. Pepper. Always. Sometimes with lemon, sometimes not… always with ice.

The Evening: If we are staying in and reading or watching TV, it’s a bottle of water on my table, not Dr. Pepper. If we go out to eat, or to a movie, it’s Dr. Pepper, with a water chaser

Bedtime: This is going to be…. ah, delicate…but important, so I won’t leave it out. If Keira and I are, ah, being the married couple we are, it’s two bottles of water before going to sleep. One half a minute bottle, the other a slowly consumed bottle.

If bedtime consists of watching a South Park or Family Guy, (our tradition) it’s a bottle of water, half a minute style, and Dr. Pepper casually.

Weekends: Weekends with Keira is either filled with Studio work or taking adventures in and around Boston “Cruzin’ for Snapz”. In the studio I will always have water on hand, and Dr. Pepper. When I drink water during the weekend it is always the half a minute method, the rest of the time its sipping cans of Dr. Pepper. If we are out cruzin’ for snapz then it is always Dr. Pepper until lunch and dinner, and then it is always water by the glass, consumed slowly, and with ice.

Once I set this schedule up Keira noticed a big difference in the feel of my skin, less dry, more supple, better color. Seeing this Keira jumped on board and began the same regiment, except she prefers Caffeine Free Diet Coke. Keira is a handful of years younger than I am, so I never really noticed dry skin or a change in color (she tans all year round), but she tells me she feels a lot better, and for the both of us we are never feeling dehydrated after vaping, even after a 72-hour marathon review vape.

Hydration Is Vital To Your Health

As safe as vaping is, and it is safer than walking around Boston breathing in taxi and bus fumes, the one thing you can count on is dehydration if you do not alter your fluid intake.

If you notice your skin is dryer than usual, if you notice your voice getting hoarse quickly, or if you seem to be getting frequent headaches you are clearly dehydrated. It’s easy to fix, and once you get used to increasing your fluid intake it becomes second nature, you do it without thinking about it.

For the Ladies: Dry skin from dehydration can leave permanent damage. Your skin will age faster, it will become brittle, itchy, and flaky. Don’t let this happen to you. Drink up!

Julia Hartley-Barnes

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All original content is written and produced for our readers by the Spinfuel Staff. The writing staff includes Julia Hartley-Barnes, Keira Hartley-Barnes, Tom McBride, Jason Little, Melanie Hendrix, and Dave Foster. Spinfuel also publishes guest contributors on occasion. All original content is protected by US copyright laws.

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13 thoughts on “Revisiting Dehydration in 2015”

  1. I couldn’t agree more Julia. Vaping and dehydration go hand in hand. Believe it or not, I vape less than you (about two 2-ml tanks (Aspire Atlantis)) BUT I drink way more water in a day. I have a 7-Eleven Big Gulp at work, which is about 59oz and it is always filled with water and I can down almost all of it in a workday. Granted, I do start out my day with 2 cups of coffee but then follow up with about three cups of tea. It used to be that I drank more coffee, but since I switched to tea, that actually helped my dehydration as well, but otherwise, I drink water more often than not. When I get home at night, I typically drink about 30oz more water, so i stay hydrated (at least I think I do).

    I wonder if the ratios are also governed by the percentages of VG/PG fluid. I think a lot of my juices are more PG than VG, so I don’t know if that has a lot to do with it. I try not to lose sleep over this. I am used to drinking water anyways, with the occasional glass of wine or hard alcohol but never sodas. i am 43y.o. and have zero dental issues and want to keep it that way. 🙂

    1. I’m no expert but I would think the more VG the more you’ll need to stay hydrated. Since the VG is the biggest vapor maker, it makes sense. I could be wrong though 😉

      1. I think it’s the PG that dehydrates you actually, a couple of weeks ago I came across this article that mentions dehydration due to PG vapour. I certainly don’t seem to need to hydrate anywhere near as much as you, but I’m typically vaping 80-90% VG liquids.

  2. This used to be a problem for me but thanks to the awesomeness of the internet I found the solution. Yes we know we need to drink water, lots of it. But let’s be honest. It can get a little boring after a while. I was drinking the equivalent of probably 10 poland spring bottles daily. But like I said…..boring. I read somewhere about this product called true lemon.

    It’s a powder. It’s 100% natural. It comes in little packets like sugar does. No sweetener or anything else in it. I simply pour one little packet into my bottle of water and instantly I have delicious lemon water. Much better than plain old water. And it comes in lime, orange and grapefruit flavors. It’s not expensive either. A box of 100 packets costs like $12 or something. And you can use it for tea or to season food etc. It’s a great product. You can find it on amazon. Give it a shot and breath new life into your boring water.

    1. Oh wow! I’ve never heard of that. Just added the 4 flavor set to my Amazon cart. My mom & dad will absolutely love this! Thank you so so much for posting it.

  3. What an interesting and timely article.
    I’ve just gotten a Sigelei 100W and have been dripping high (well 70 to 90%) VG and WOW My lips are chaps, excema fired up again! Living in FL we don’t get that brutal cold – less you’ve been here long as I have and anything under 60 degrees in BRUTAL So… even though I do drink (or thought ) I drank plenty of water I have noticed over the past 3 weeks that I have more skin issues and definite more hoarse throat, sinuses etc. Ironically our reverse osmosis unit broke 2 winters ago (we kinda of procrastinate – ya think ! ? ) So,, I was refilling the gallon jugs at Publix but 5 Gallons with a pump serves much better.
    Thank ya’ll so much for giving the guidelines to High VG Dehydration! Guess I’ll also have to back off of the Dark Horse/Tobh and use my tanks a lil more often – equal time sort of thing.
    Between Hubs and I I get the 5 gal at SAMS 2 once every 4 weeks (tap water tastes horrible and we all have “hard” water unless you are lucky enough to tap into a good well (those were the days)!
    Vape on and HYDRATE!
    Thanks Spinfuel Crew!

  4. Great info. Ever since I got my Evic Supreme and Nautilus my dehydration issues have increased. I thought maybe it was a factor of how long I’v been vaping. I’ve been vaping for a year. But for the first 6 months I didn’t really have any serious issues. Then with the higher wattage device my lips started getting super dry and cracking and bleeding. I think it’s definitely the higher wattage vaping which is increasing my juice intake and dehydrating me big time. I have started vaping my Nautilus at max 9 Watts and it seems to be helping. However, I wonder if it has to do with the volume of vapor or the quality of the vapor itself at higher temperatures? Is there some kind of chemical change at 12 to 15 Watts? Perhaps the hotter the vapor the more it dehydrates?

  5. Glad I found this site. I’ve been heavily researching vaping and this is the first mention of hydration I’ve seen. But it jives with my (admittedly almost non existent) experience. I’m only on first gen disposable at the moment, but planning to step up.

    I assume that the higher the percentage of VG the more significant this is? I’m planning to stay mainly 80/20 PG/VG through 50/50 but I know that at some point I’ll dabble in the other end.

  6. Great article! This is the first article on vaping and hydration that I’ve seen on a vaping site. Last month, I came across an article regarding the effects of vaping in dental journal. Dentists are seeing and increase of patients who are complaining of dry mouth, which can cause dental decay and receding gums, and vape. I wish I would have saved the link because the article was very informative.
    I stopped drinking soda and replaced it with sparkling water, about the same time that I started vaping. I have increased the amount of e-liquid that I vape and I have noticed an increase in the amount of sparkling water that I’ve been buying. Now I just have to figure out how much water to buy each week.

    1. Hi Kris, what Kiera and I do now is buy cases of bottled water and add flavoring from the MiO line. Southern Sweet Tea is our fav, and I’d say we drink at least a dozen bottles a day, each. No hydration problems anymore! A heavy Vaper needs lots of hydration and this works for us. Thanks for the comment, stay hydrated and Vape on! – Julia

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