Dehydration Essay

841 Words Jan 29th, 2012 4 Pages
Water makes up more than half of the human body and is required for our cell systems to properly perform their necessary functions. Dehydration occurs when more water is lost than what is being taken in. Making sure we have the proper amount of fluids in our cells is vital to ensuring our bodies are able to properly perform their essentially necessary functions. Water acts like a cleanser, helping with the removal of harmful waste and possible deadly toxins. Our blood, which is made primarily of water, is responsible for carrying many nutrients to nearby waiting cells. Our immune system, which contains a fluid called lymph, is also made of water. If our immune system is affected by dehydration, it stops working properly and our body …show more content…
Muscle spasms, vomiting, loss of vision, painful urination, confusion, difficulty breathing, abdominal pain, chest pain, seizures, and the possible loss of consciousness can accompany a 10 percent loss of fluids.
One of the most important ways to keep us hydrated is through the consumption of electrolytes, which are minerals and other substances that carry an electrical charge between individual cells. Electrolytes can be found in salts such as sodium, calcium, potassium, chorine, and magnesium, and exist in the blood as acids; affecting the amount of water individual cells are capable of retaining. Proper muscle and nerve functions within the body are attributed to the presence of a balanced system of sodium, potassium and chloride. Separated in water, theses electrolytes create a balance of negative and positively charged ions. Sodium is said to regulate the amount of water an individual cell is capable of holding onto. Potassium helps to regulate muscle functions and is extremely important in regulating our heartbeats. Meanwhile, chloride is used to maintain a balance of fluids within the cell system of our individual body.
Cells use electrolytes to carry electrical impulses from one cell to the next and to maintain a voltage between cells. Sodium

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