Answering the question, "What is dehydration?" requires a number of answers. A basic, a more complex physiological and a scientific explanation.
The most basic definition of dehydration, it is a condition when fluid is leaving the body faster than it is being taken in. We lose water when we breathe, sweat and pee. Sometimes we loose sweat from disease and from certain medications.
Your body is between 65% and 75% water. That water is stored inside two oceans. One ocean is inside and one is outside the cells. To help you appreciate the difference, inside your red blood cells is water and outside the blood cells is additional water laden fluids that suspend the blood cells. The same is true of muscles, brain cells, skin and other cells.
There is a complex system that helps maintain a balance, making sure the most essential cells get water when there is a drought in any part of the body. When there is a drought in the body, the essential cells maintain hydration at the cost of damage to the less important cells.As this page continues to grow, here are the topics soon to come.....
Dehydration Myths and Misconceptions updated for October of 2015. Includes the science based info...Note, we will have to make a lot of corrections based on this info. Most other sites are wrong, at least according to the science.
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At Water Cures, we feel a better definition of dehydration is fluid and electrolyte imbalance. Most people are in a state of having less water and electrolytes than a body need.
This is because we need more than water. We also need the electrolytes to get the water into and around the cells.
The best source of electrolytes is unprocessed salt. The minerals in the salt are in the exact balance that we need. The sodium chloride helps to transport the minerals to the cells. The minerals act like buffers for the sodium chloride.
In most cases, dehydration is easy to reverse by increasing fluid intake and consuming an electrolyte. In severe cases, dehydration may require immediate medical attention. Even then, the chances of saving a life are limited if not started as soon as possible.