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Hydration is about more than just drinking water.

May, 2019

Did you know that an average human body is made up of 60% water? Every part of our body is made up of water in some way, shape or form. The brain and heart are 73% water, lungs are 83% water, skin is 64% water, even our bones are composed of 31% water. Knowing this, it’s easy to realize why the importance of hydration is emphasized in medicine, science, and even the media. When we are not properly hydrated, we can feel the effects: headaches, dry skin, upset stomach, dry eyes, etc. How do we combat these effects of dehydration? We drink. But did you know that dehydration isn’t just a lack of water…we need electrolytes.

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Now, keeping that all in mind, did you know that a baby pig actually has a higher composition of water than humans? A baby pig is made up of almost 75% water. Dehydration in baby pigs can have significant consequences with severe dehydration possibly leading to the loss of intestinal integrity and death. All baby pigs are stressed and this is only compounded by having to learn to eat and drink their meals on their own. It is important to make sure that we are supporting them in any way possible…which is why we encourage producers to ENRICH the water.

 

What does that mean, “enrich the water”? Studies show that during weaning, water intake, while dipping slightly from normal, far exceeds dry feed intake. Pigs may not eat, but they continue to drink. Hydration is more than just drinking water, it is about absorbing the water to get optimum hydration.

The Innovations team at TechMix created a stock solution liquid product loaded with the nutrients that pigs need in order to enhance their hydration status during weaning. With the help of industry experts, we tested the water absorption potential in drinking water of Blue 2. By increasing key ingredient levels, we were able to increase the osmolality of drinking water when Blue 2 was added. Whoa, big word, “osmolality”. In easier to understand terms, enhanced osmolality helps with water transport and absorption, making it easier for water and nutrients to be absorbed into the body’s system.

 

What we are doing is hyper-boosting the water that pigs are already going to be drinking with nutrients during the period when dry feed intake is low, inconsistent, or nonexistent. Blue 2 provides a more stable level of nutrients to the intestinal villi. As a result, the chance of fall behinds goes down, while the chance of improved health, improved immune status and reduced morbidity and mortality may occur. Sounds like a win-win situation to me!

 

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