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Title: Dehydration Instructions: Write A 1,050 To 1,750 Word Paper About The Effects Of Dehydration.

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Instructions: Include answers to the following:Why is water essential to health maintenance?What are the functions of water in the body?What happens to the body when it does not get the water it needs?Compare and contrast how different electrolytes-sodium, potassium, and chloride- function in the body.What effects can alcohol and caffeine have on hydration levels in the body?What steps can people take to ensure they do not become dehydrated?___________________________________________________________What are the effects of dehydration?These are some of the effects that dehydration can cause:•Heartburn - is a signal of low amounts of water in the upper gastrointestinal tract. This is one of the major signs that one's body is in need of water. (James C A)•Arthritis - is joint pain and this tells the body that one's joints need water. (James C A)•Back pain - is a sign that the spinal column and discs is low on water and needs fluids to help the pain go down. (James C A)•Migraines - (which I suffer from) are a signal that one's brain and eyes need water. This type of dehydration can cause major inflammation in the back of the eye and may cause loss of sight if not treated. (James C A)Diuretic - this is any drug that elevates the rate of urination and provides a means of forced dieresis. There are many categories of diuretics and all these diuretics increase the excretion of the water from the body. But each of these categories will do it in a distinct way. (Wikipedia) Below are just a couple of categories of diuretics:•High ceiling loop diuretics may cause a substantial diuresis this can go up to 20% of the filtered load of NaCI (Sodium Chloride) and water. (Wikipedia)•Calcium-sparing diuretics are used sometimes to identify agents that will result in a low rate of excretion of calcium. This low rate of calcium in the urine will lead to an increased rate of calcium in the serum. (Wikipedia)•Low ceiling diuretics is used to indicate that a diuretic has a rapidly flattening dose effect. This is in contrast to the high ceiling where the relationship is close to linear. (Wikipedia)What is dehydration?According to medicine net the body is made up of water and can be up to 75% of the body's weight. The majority of the water is found in the cells of the body which would be the intracellular space and the rest is found in the extracellular space. (Medicine Net)When dehydration occurs it is because the amount of water in one's body is leaving more rapidly than the amount of water that is being taken in. These are some of the ways that the body loses water on a daily basis: (Medicine Net)•Every time we breathe the humidified air leaves the body(Medicine Net)•When we sweat which helps cools the body down(Medicine Net)•Every time we urinate or have bowel movements which help the body to get rid of the waste. (Medicine Net)What happens to the body when it does not get the water it needs?The body will compensate for...

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