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Dehydration By Roger Williams Axia College Student SCI/241 Aurora Merry January 17, 2010
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Dehydration means that your body does not have the fluids it needs to function properly, and is usually a symptom of losing too much fluid such as with vomiting and diarrhea or not drinking enough water. Classification s of dehydration depending on the severity and whether or not fluids are being replenished are mild, moderate, and severe, with sever being a life- threatening situation. Symptoms of dehydration include: dry sticky mouth, low urine production or dark yellow color, little or no tear production, sunken eyes, inelasticity of skin, and lethargic or comatose, in infants the top of the head will be noticeably sunken. Mild forms of dehydration can be treated by drinking more fluids, while moderate to severe forms require treatment such as intravenous fluids and hospitalization. Drinking fluids with electrolytes in them are also recommended to treat mild forms of dehydration, but caution against drinks with sugar and caffeine as they are diuretics and can worsen the effects of the dehydration. Water is essential to our bodies, since our body is comprised of 70to 80% water. Water is the second most important substance to our bodies next to oxygen; water not only helps in keeping a person hydrated, but also carries nutrients from consumed food to the cells in our bodies. Water helps to carry waste products from the cells to the kidneys, and acts as a lubricant for the joints. Water also helps to regulate your body’s temperature, by making a person sweat when they are hot. Water is also needed for metabolism, and aiding the liver in processing fat into energy, as well as the stored fat in our bodies. Water can be used as an appetite suppressant
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