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Dehydration LeAnn Vernon University of Phoenix SCI/241 October 3, 2010 Chawky Choueiri
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Dehydration Up to 75% of the body’s weight is made up of water  (MedicinNet, 1999-2010.) The human body needs water it is essential for functioning properly. If a person does not drink enough water dehydration will occur. If this essay the reader will learn how dehydration occurs, why water is essential for the body, how water functions in the body. The reader will also learn different electrolytes, sodium, potassium, and chloride and how they function in the body, the effects of alcohol and caffeine on hydration, and how people can avoid getting dehydrated. What is dehydration? In our body most of the water is found within the cells of the body. The rest of the water is found in the extracellular space, which consist of blood cells and the spaces between cells. Dehydration occurs when there is more water leaving the body than coming in the body. Our bodies are very dynamic and are always changing; this is especially true with water. We lose water every time we urinate, have a bowel movement, breathe and humidified air leaves our body, or sweat. If the blood vessels water is lost the body can compensate by shifting water from within the cells into the blood vessels, but will not be a long time resolution. Signs of dehydration occur soon if water is not replenished, and this can be extremely dangerous. Water is essentially important to health because water is 75% or more of what the human body is made of (MedicinNet, 1999-2010.) The functions of water in the body are many such as, moistens tissues such as those in the mouth, eyes and nose, regulates body temperature, protects body organs and tissues, lubricates joints, helps prevent constipation,
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2010 for the course SCI 241 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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