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Water

Everyone needs water to stay healthy and survive. Water is a very important part of the body. About 70% of our bodies is composed of water.

Substitute Coffee and Soda for Water

Coffee and soda are not substitutes for water. In fact, if you drink too much coffee, you can make your body dehydrated. Dehydration may occur because coffee is a diuretic and causes your body to loose water.

Are you Thirsty?

Thirst is a signal to your body that you need water. However, in most cases, thirst occurs after your body has already become dehydrated. It is best to keep your body hydrated with water before you become thirsty.

Function of Water in the Body

Water involved in every function your body performs. It is the primary component of every cell in your body and all body fluids including: blood, lymph, saliva, cerebrospinal fluid, intestinal juices, gastric juices, and pancreatic juices.

Complications of not having enough water in your body

Dehydration. Dehydration is loss of water and important blood salts like potassium (K+) and sodium (Na+). If you become extremely dehydrated, damage can occur to the kidneys, brain, and heart.

Dehydration can occur when a person has episodes of severe vomiting or diarrhea.

The most common signs of dehydration are: thirst, dry lips, sunken eyes, cold hands, cold feet, rapid breathing, and a rapid weak pulse.

If you are severely dehydrated, it is important that you get to a hospital immediately. Intravenous fluids (IVs) will quickly reverse dehydration.

Water statistics

  • The blood supply is about 92% water.
  • A person who weighs 150 pounds should contain about 80 quarts of water.

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