Sci/241: Effects Of Dehydration

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Effects of Dehydration SCI/241 Effects of Dehydration Water composes as much as seventy percent of muscles and seventy-five percent of the brain (Riley, 1998). Maintaining hydration is important for nearly every bodily function. In fact, the only chemical our bodies desire more than water is oxygen (Riley, 1998). Water plays a crucial role as a building material, and in chemical reactions (Grosvenor & Smolin, 2006). Water transports nutrients and waste, and is essential for the function of every organ and tissue in the body (Ritz & Berrut, 2005). Water provides cushioning for joints and helps the body regulate temperature (Jequier & Constant, 2010). The human body cannot store the water it needs, so it is important for the consumption…show more content…
Beverages known as sport drinks contain electrolytes to maintain mineral balance as well as sugar for energy. These drinks are good for athletes, but should not be consumed by people who sit all day (Lewandowski, 2003). However, in most people, their regular diet provides an excess of sodium while not including enough potassium (Grosvenor & Smolin, 2006). Sport drinks are often confused with energy beverages since they are usually displayed next to each other in convenience stores. This can be a deadly mistake if a large amount of the energy beverage is consumed. Energy beverages contain large quantities of caffeine and for every twelve ounces of caffeinated drink consumed provides the benefit of eight ounces of water (Riley, 1998). Alcohol actually depletes the water stored in the body (Riley, 1998). A popular trend today is to combine energy beverages with the consumption of alcohol. This can cause extreme dehydration (Dunlap,…show more content…
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