What to Drink to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse
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Imagine being trapped in a building and being unable to leave because there are blood-thirsty zombies surrounding you at every entrance. Your first thought probably isn’t going to be, "Oh man, I have nothing to drink." You’re probably going to be more concerned about how you’re going to survive this ridiculous disease that has swept the world and created a real-life apocalypse. But if all your lifelines are used up and you have barely enough food to last you a month, the major concern will become what to drink. How do you find potable drinking water when zombie corpses are traipsing through rivers and streams and contaminating your supply? Scary thought, huh?
"You’re definitely going to need water, but you need something that’s going to replace the electrolytes you’re burning through by killing zombies on a regular basis" In this instance, you’re going to need to gather major amounts of bottled water. How much bottled water is out there? According to National Geographic, "In 2011, total bottled water sales in the U.S. hit 9.1 billion gallons — 29.2 gallons of bottled water per person." That’s a lot of bottled water. If you can’t get your hands on bottled water, your next option is going to be rain water. If you’re in a building that has a roof, chances are you’re going to have to create a way to collect rainwater on the roof. That leads us to the next problem — can you just drink rain water? Apparently you can, as Science Daily reported on a study that showed that there was a very low risk of illness when rain water was consumed unfiltered. [slideshow:
Both of these options seem viable. But we’re taking a great leap here assuming you’re holed up in a mall with all the necessary resources for survival at your fingertips. What if you’re in a Walking Dead situation where you’ve hit the road and you’re surviving on your basic primal instincts? You’re definitely going to need water, but you need something that’s going to replace the electrolytes you’re burning through by killing zombies on a regular basis, too. You need to think about hydration! Sports drinks are too sugary and you may have raided all of the local gas stations of their Powerade and Gatorade, so now you’re stuck with the produce section of the grocery store. Remember to take your silencer when you’re shooting grocery-store zombies in the head, because you’re going to need pineapples, oranges, limes, and lemons, because these are viable sources of hydration and a great source of energy (and vitamin c).
It would be ridiculous to think you'd have an actual juicer on hand during a zombie apocalypse, but we’re assuming you have a really sharp knife if you’ve made it this far, so slice that fruit in half and squeeze! It’s the best way to produce a natural beverage that will offer hydration and energy — two things you cannot live without during a zombie apocalypse. We came up with a couple of drinks that are necessary to survive any zombie apocalypse!
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