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Dehydration 1 Dehydration SCI/241 March 6, 2010 Trent Nguyen
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Dehydrati on 2 Dehydration "Dehydration means your body does not have as much water and fluids as it should"(Free, 2010). Dehydration can be a result of losing too much fluid, not drinking enough water or fluids, or both. Diarrhea and vomiting are the most common causes of dehydration. Dehydration has three classifications, severe, moderate and mild. In severe cases hospitalization is necessary, and it can be life threatening. "Water (H20) is essential for life and other elements of the body"( Free, 2010). Water (H20) is the base for saliva, serves as a lubricant, regulate the body temperature through sweating, surrounds joints, regulates metabolism, and aids in the detoxing of the body through waste such as urine and solid waste. The consumption of water is also known to prevent disease. Deadly diseases such as cancer of the colon, breast, and the bladder can be reduced by drinking water. Children and infants are more vulnerable to dehydration than adults because of their smaller bodies and their rapid reproduction of water and electrolytes. Geriatrics and those with illnesses are also at higher risk of dehydration. Without water we would die within days. Water makes up about two thirds of our body weight. Water is a very important substance to the body, without water the body could not function. "The brain is made up of 95% water, blood is made up of 82% water and the lungs are made up of 90% water" (Free, 2010). All cell and organ functions that are made up in our physiology and anatomy depends on water to function. As low as a 2% decrease in our bodies water supply can cause dehydration. A decrease of water in our bodies can cause confusion,
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This note was uploaded on 06/10/2010 for the course SCI 241 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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