So here it is... the raw truth of what happens to a person who cannot drink the water needed to sustain life.
Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration: These may include a dull headache, muscle cramps (especially leg cramps), a sudden episode of visual haze, decreased blood pressure (hypotension), and dizziness or fainting when standing up due to orthostatic hypotension.
Body Water Content: The human body is about 60% water in adult males and 55% in adult females. Lean muscle tissue contains about 75% water by weight. Blood contains almost 70% water, body fat contains 10% water and bone has 22% water. Skin also contains much water.
Body Shut Down: In untreated dehydration, the person feels very sick, the blood pressure drops from the decreased Body Water Content. Delirium then unconsciousness with swelling of the tongue, and, in extreme cases, death occurs.
CLEAN Water IS Required: For Hygiene related good Health.
Disease Results: Diarrhoea 1.8 million people die every year from diarrhoeal diseases (including cholera); 90% are children under 5, mostly in developing countries. 88% of diarrhoeal disease is attributed to Unsafe Water Supply, inadequate sanitation and hygiene.
Malaria (1.2 million die), Trachoma(500 million sick), Schistosomiasis (160million infected, many die) Intestinal Helminths (e.g. Ascariasis, Trichuriasis, Hookworm) disease (133 million infected) ETC .... would you believe, there ARE even more.
All foods contain water. Even the driest nut or seed has a lot of water in it. Furthermore, when food is digested, it is converted to energy, carbon dioxide and WATER. Most people can get the fluid the body needs from food, and they only need to drink enough water to prevent constipation.
"When you eat, the pyloric valve at the end of your stomach closes to keep food in the stomach. Then the stomach takes fluid that you drink and food that you eat and turns the solid food into liquid. If you don't drink enough fluid, your stomach takes fluid from your blood and adds it to the food in the stomach to create the soup. The pyloric valve will not let food pass to the intestines until this liquid soup is formed. Then the liquid soup passes to the intestines and remains a soup until it reaches your colon. Only then is the fluid absorbed to turn the soup into solid waste in the colon. If you do not have enough fluid in your body, your body extracts extra fluid from your stool and turns your stool into hard rocks, causing constipation. Drink water whenever you feel thirsty, but there's no health benefit from forcing yourself to drink eight glasses of water a day. Drinking too much water can be dangerous; (Hyponatremia.) This is of particular concern if you are exercising in hot weather and fail to replace the salt you lose in sweat."
(Journal of the American College of Nutrition, April, 2003.)
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
DYING of Thirst
An Author since 2012 and retired Specialist Registered Nurse. I reside in sub-tropical Queensland, Australia, with my American husband Raymond and our two little dogs. Mille` (Toy Foxy), and Marley (Toy Poodle). Late in 2008 I began to explore and enjoy the realm of creative writing. This is something which has always been an interest yet until now,I haven't found time to indulge. God is the cornerstone of my home and heart. He is my life and my breath, for without Him I am nothing. My desire is to edify His existance in my daily walk through life. To inspire and encourage the broken hearted. And to assist in the knowledge that EVERYTHING has a reason and a purpose under the Heavens. We are reminded through our faith in Jesus that He will, "Turn our Mourning into Dancing and our Sorrow into Joy." Psalms 30:11. Having personally experienced tough times I know, there is truely no gain without pain. B.N (Aus) B.S.N (U.S.A) M.H.N, ProfC, Bible College Graduate. 1. South Western Sydney Area Health, 2. Queensland Health, 3. ROGERSVILLE, TENESSEE with Amedysis Home Health.