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Hydration 1 Hydration Steven Armstrong Diana Layne October 20 th , 2011
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Hydration 2 Hydration The average adult human can live for a year without shelter, months without food, but only days without water. This large of a gap only shows how important water is in the human body. Water is essential for nearly every organism on earth. It is, aside from oxygen of utmost importance in sustaining life. Water is required by cells, soft tissues, muscles and organs. Without water the human body would cease function. Water is actually not a nutrient but is considered as important as nutrients. One of the most important factors of water within the human body is that our blood is composed of 83% water. It is also important in maintaining temperature as well as in elimination of body wastes. Water is required in digestion and metabolic activities. Aside from serving as cushion to the joints, it keeps the tissues and mucus membrane moist which also attributes to body weight. Throughout our daily life, we feel thirsty. This is a signal from the brain that the body needs water. This is the bodies way of saying it has some sort of “dehydration” and needs to replenish its reserve. If the body does not receive the required amount of hydration, the kidneys ability to eliminate waste from the body may be altered or stop entirely which would lead to toxic levels of minerals or other hazardous materials. The problem will not only be in the elimination of waste other more serious problems may arise. There will be insufficient amounts of water to help control body temperature. The body can go up to extreme temperatures or it will not be able to raise body temperature from extremely cool temperatures. Dehydration can
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