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The effects of dehydration on the body � PAGE �1� Dehydration effects � PAGE �2�


Mike Voelker


May, 7 2010

Robert, Flores



Many people do not think about the importance of water, our body is made up of over 70 percent water and the world is covered by about 2/3 of water. Yet, why do people think about food before water? "Without food, you could probably survive for about 8 weeks, but without water, you would last only a few days" (Axia, pg.285) the human body needs water to perform the simplest functions from maintain temperature, digestion, sweating, and muscle movement. Without water these bodily functions would cease and our bodies would become dehydrated and not function properly.

Water is very important to the health of the human body. "In adults, about 60% of body weight is water. The percentage is higher in small children; infants have the highest percentage of water-about 70%."(Axia,

pg. 282) water is the life fluid in the human body, without water people can become dehydrated and experience, nausea, headaches, dry mouth, and dizzies. Water helps us move minerals throughout the body and helps excreting waste. Water holds heat very well and is used to regulate our body temp, since our body is made up of mostly water this is how the body can cool down and warm up using water as a conductor. Water has many important jobs in the human body from keeping our skin moist to lubricating joints. Water also helps dissolve minerals and nutrients to make them accessible and usable in the human body. Water forms protective barriers around our integral organs to keep them safe from damage. Water also assists the kidneys and liver in flushing out toxins from the body, water also carries nutrients and...