Dehydration Assignment

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Dehydration 1 Dehydration Nichole Armstrong Axia College of University of Phoenix
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It should go without saying that water is important to our daily lives. Actually that may be a bit of an understatement. Water is an essential component to a countless number of bodily processes. It helps regulate body temperature, it helps carry out chemical reactions, and it keeps us healthy overall. Lack of water in our bodies, in extreme cases, can even lead to death. Water is essential to health maintenance because water is part of all of our tissues, helps in the formation of cells and it helps with many different processes which take place within our bodies (Grosvenor & Smolin, 2006). Water, in various proportions, is found in all of the tissues in the body. It can be found in our muscles and our bones. It also makes up the majority of our cells. It is found inside our cells, where it is referred to as intercellular fluid, as well as outside our cells, in which case it is referred to as extracellular fluid (Grosvenor & Smolin, 2006). Extracellular fluid consists mostly of interstitial fluid, the fluid located in the spaces between cells and body tissues. Water plays a part in many functions throughout the body. It functions in chemical reaction and it regulates body temperature (Grosvenor & Smolin, 2006). Since water is an excellent solvent it is a major part of a great number of chemical reactions. Water can dissolve glucose, amino acids, minerals and many other substances (Grosvenor & Smolin, 2006). When these substances are broken down in water they can be used throughout the body. Also water helps in chemical reactions by helping to bond together small molecules or to break large molecules apart (Grosvenor & Smolin, 2006). These reactions help to keep the level of acidity within the body in check. Water is also a key factor in the regulation of body temperature. Water holds heat and also
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This note was uploaded on 05/10/2010 for the course SCI SCI 241 taught by Professor Aleciaharris during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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