Assignment Dehydration

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  • Topic: Water, Water intoxication, Human body
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  • Published : May 29, 2010
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Miesha K. Branch|

Human beings require water to survive. Individuals have to understand the importance of staying hydrated and the warning signs of dehydration in order to live long healthy lives. Water and fluids are the main element in staying hydrated and healthy Dehydration is the loss of salts and water that can cause many complications or health issues in human beings. Dehydration can occur when an individual doesn’t consume enough fluids such as water, has severe vomiting, and diarrhea. The body needs fluids to function normally and because humans and other species rely on water for survival, water is a priceless resource. Water is essential to health maintenance because our bodies are made up of 70% water and if we do not intake enough fluids, our cells start to die. (Colbert 2002) Colbert states that our blood is made up of 82% water and our brain and muscles are 75% water. Our bodies use water to digest foods, and are the main ingredient in bile, saliva, gastric juice, pancreatic juices, and intestinal secretions. Water helps carry important nutrients to all of our cells, helps with digestion and also getting toxic waste out of our system. Water also helps with our circulation. (Colbert 2002) Water regulates our body temperatures through perspiration and helps releviate constipation because water helps push out the waste and also helps lubricates joints. If the human body does not get the water or liquids that it needs humans can suffer from a wide range of health defects including but not limited to headaches, nausea, strokes, sleepiness, stumbling, shortness of breath, asthma, dizziness, memory loss, low blood pressure and the heart beat can also be very slow. Dehydration can also lead to death in some cases. Though humans can go weeks without eating food, humans can only go a few days without water. The body relies on water in every function from producing saliva to disposing of toxins in our bodies, when an...
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