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Dehydration Michelle Nolan February 27, 2011 What is the most important part of the human body? What is the body 60% composed of? Water! It has so many functions in the human body. It is in every part of everything that we do. It is essential to our survival. It is important that we get the amounts of water that we need. When we are not getting enough water, it leads to ultimate shut down of the body. There are signs, signals and warnings. When one does not get the amount of water that we need be begin to dehydrate. “Dehydration, a depletion of body water, will cause symptoms more rapidly than the deletion of any other nutrient” (Grosvenor & Smolin, 2006, p.282). So that being said, it is evident that the body has to have water. When the body lacks water a person begins to dehydrate. So why does the body need water? Over half of the human body is made of water. There is water in the body cells and there is water outside of them. The water in the cells is called intracellular fluid and the water outside of the cells is referred to as extracellular fluid. It is in our eyes, our spine, our cells, our muscles and many other places. It passes in and out of our cells, through our bloodstream and in and out of our organs. The functions of water are many! It helps a human hold their body temperature. This is why we sweat. The body temperature goes up and a human begins to excrete water. As it evaporates the body cools. It also helps maintain acidity levels in the human
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body. It cushions the body.
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This note was uploaded on 06/25/2011 for the course SCI 241 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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