Effects of Water Loss
|The importance of water for life can be illustrated using
this table. Keep in mind that the human body by weight is approximately 60% water.
|So if we consider someone who weighs either 100 pounds or 150 pounds,
about 60 or 90 pounds of that is water. Now if these people were to lose anywhere from 3
to 4½ pounds of water, they would start to exhibit signs of heat exhaustion. If they were
to lose 6 or 9 pounds of water, they would be unable to stand. Salivation would stop and
their speech would become slurred and difficult. Losing 12-18 pounds of water, about 20%
of the total, would cause delirium, coma and death.
|Effects of Water Loss
||delirium, coma, death
|If this seems like a lot of water to lose, keep in mind that
someone who is fasting can lose this much water in only a few days, and an active athlete
can lose this much water in a single day.
I think you can see that water is a very important biological compound even though it
is not considered to be an organic or biochemical compound.
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