Week 5 Assignment - Dehydration

Week 5 Assignment - Dehydration - Dehydration 1 Dehydration...

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Dehydration 1 Dehydration Melissa Krol SCI 241 April 30, 2010 Instructor: Deborah Sloan Axia College University of Phoenix
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Dehydration 2 Dehydration The human body needs food and water to survive. An adult’s body weight is made up of 60% water. Muscles in the body are 75% water and bones are 25% water (Grosvenor & Smolin, 2006). Because the human body is mostly water it is very important that the body stays hydrated. Dehydration is a condition that occurs when the body does not have enough water and other fluids to carry out normal functions this happens when more fluids are lost than taken in (Grosvenor & Smolin, 2006). The human body needs water to regulate body temperature and it provides a way for nutrients to travel to the body’s organs. Water also protects our joints and organs by cushioning them and transports oxygen to cells and helps remove waste (Grosvenor & Smolin, 2006). People tend to take for granted how essential water is to maintaining ones health. All the body’s organs and cells depend on water to function properly. Water works as a base for saliva, a lubricant, surrounds joints, stabilizes body temperature through sweat. It helps in the digestive process by helping food move through the digestive tract. Every task the body performs requires water. Water is the solvent that transports nutrients, hormones, antibodies, and oxygen in the bloodstream and lymphatic system (Grosvenor & Smolin, 2006). The lungs need water for tissues to remain moist and to perform normal breathing functions. Water is also essential for normal brain and kidney function. The human
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Week 5 Assignment - Dehydration - Dehydration 1 Dehydration...

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