The Effects of Dehydration

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Dehydration james November 18, 2010

Dehydration Water is an essential part to maintaining a healthy body and weight. Without the proper intake of water, the body becomes dehydrated and it begins to pull it from other places including from your blood. “This causes the closing of some smaller vessels (capillaries), making your blood thicker, more susceptible to clotting, and harder to pump through your system. This can have serious implications in hypertension, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Recent studies have also linked the lack of water to headaches, arthritis, and heartburn.” (TheraGear 2001) An estimated 60 percent of our body weight is made up of water. Water helps to decrease fat because it suppresses the
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Sodium exists outside the cell and concentrated potassium exists inside the cell. When nerve cells are stimulated, sodium passes into the cell and a negative electrical charge is created. The electrical travels to a muscle cell which causes the muscle to contract. To maintain healthy intracellular charges, muscle contraction and fluid balance, a diet high in potassium is highly recommended. Fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, beans, whole milk and meat can help achieve a potassium-rich diet. Sodium and chloride react together in blood cells which trigger a sodium concentration. This concentration causes sensations of thirst in the body and causes us to drink. Within 24 hours, the sodium and excess water is secreted and the body is returned to its normal state. A diet high in sodium and chloride can lead to hypertension and decreased kidney and heart function.” (The effects of dehydration) Caffiene should be drank in moderation. Caffeine is a stimulate of the cardiac muscle and central nervous system. When caffeine is consumed in excessive amounts it can cause stomach issues, insomia, nervousness, and dehydration. “Caffeine affects the kidneys by acting as a diuretic, which increases urine production and therefore increases loss of water from the body. Numerous studies have provided evidence linking this loss of fluid with high levels of caffeine
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