Assignment Dehydration

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1 Dehydration Mary Demarco Importance of water SCI/241 Why is water essential to health maintenance? Water is such an essential dietary component because it is involved in every bodily function. Water helps transport nutrients and waste products in and out of cells. Water is necessary for all digestive, absorption, circulatory, and excretory bodily functions. It is also required for the maintenance of regular body temperature. Generally, you should consume approximately 2 - 3 Liters of water each day. Did you know that your blood is 83% water? Muscles are 75% water, your brain is 74% water and bone is 22% water. Athletes and gym junkies depend on staying well hydrated to reduce cardiovascular stress
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and improve recovery time and performance. Water reduces body temperature making exercising safer and more effective. What are the functions of water in the body? The functions that water provides to the body are transportation, protection, lubrication, and temperature regulation in the body. Water regulates body temperature, moistens tissues such as those in the mouth, eyes and nose, lubricates joints, protects body organs and tissues, helps prevent constipation, lessens the burden on the kidneys and liver by flushing out waste products, helps dissolve minerals and other nutrients to make them accessible to the body and carries nutrients and oxygen to cells. Nearly all of the major systems in your body depend on water. What happens to the body when it does not get the water it needs? The feelings of nausea, light-headedness, or dizziness while exercising and especially on a hot day will lead to loss of body fluids; Dehydration is a depletion of body water and according to our weeks reading material, dehydration is an excessive loss of water resulting from a depletion of body fluids. We
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2010 for the course SCI 241 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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