The Effects of Dehydration

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November 18, 2010

Water is an essential part to maintaining a healthy body and weight. Without the proper intake of water, the body becomes dehydrated and it begins to pull it from other places including from your blood. “This causes the closing of some smaller vessels (capillaries), making your blood thicker, more susceptible to clotting, and harder to pump through your system. This can have serious implications in hypertension, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Recent studies have also linked the lack of water to headaches, arthritis, and heartburn.” (TheraGear 2001) An estimated 60 percent of our body weight is made up of water. Water helps to decrease fat because it suppresses the appetite. Water keeps the body hydrated. The body can maintain for a number of weeks without food but after just a few days without water could prove to be fatal. Water is used for the digestion of food, for food to be transported through the body, it helps with the elimination of waste, for the circulation of blood, it also serves as a lubricant for joints and other internal organs, and it ultimately helps regulate the body’s temperature. If the body begins to receive less hydration from water, not only will the person become dehydrated but it will begin to effect them mentally. The brain won’t work properly, the person will become groggy, slow, and feel extremely tired. Muscle tone will be lost, leaving the person feeling weak and sluggish. Unfortunately, when we sweat or have a bowel movement, electrolytes are lost, and not keeping a balance of electrolytes will eventually affect the amount of water in your body, blood acidity, muscle action, and other important processes. Electrolytes regulate the body’s fluid intake. There are three types of electrolytes; sodium, potassium, and chloride. Electrolytes are present in the human body, and the balance of the electrolytes in our bodies is essential for normal function of...
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