Essential Water Essay

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Water is an essential part of a healthy body. In our bodies, water acts in many different ways to maintain our health. Unlike other necessary foods and nutrients like carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, water is not store in the body; this means that there is a constant need for replenishment of the water in our bodies (Grosvenor & Smolin, 2006). Water effects every cell in our bodies, and accounts for 60% of the average humans body weight, it is needless to say that although consuming less water might help people lose weight, the cost of dehydration can be fatal (Grosvenor & Smolin, 2006). Dehydration symptoms appear faster than any other deficiency of any other type of nutrient. In the water that we drink there are also necessary nutrients called electrolytes, these electrolytes, along with the water that they are dissolved in are essential to bodily function and to the bodies continued health. Every part of the body down to the individual cells is made up partially of water. This is why water is essential to maintenance of our health. Different parts of the body have different levels of water that make them up, muscles for example, are made of roughly 75% water, and bone, a much more solid living tissue, contains around 25% water (Grosvenor & Smolin, 2006). There is also a great deal of water in the body that is not inside the cells, according to Grosvenor & Smolin (2006), this is called extracellular fluid, and accounts for roughly 33% of a persons total body weight. Most of the extracellular water is in the blood, which is made up mostly of water and is the transportation system for life for all the cells of the body. Another thing to note about the fluidity of water is that water is not trapped in any one part of the body. Water can move into, out of, and around the cells of the body depending on where water is needed. Water in the body does much more than

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