Safety Tip - Staying Hydrated
Posted By DEMILEC
Water is a critical element of the body, and adequate hydration is a must
to allow the body to function. Up to 75% of the body’s weight is
made up of water. Most of the water is found within the cells of the body.
The rest is found in the extracellular space, which consists of the blood
vessels and the spaces between cells.
Dehydration occurs when the amount of water leaving the body is greater
than the amount being taken in. The body is very dynamic and always changing.
This is especially true with water in the body. We lose water routinely when we:
- Humidity can be lose by breathe
In a normal day, a person has to drink a significant amount of water to
replace this routine loss.
The formula for daily fluid requirements depends upon an individual’s
weight. Normally, fluid and weight are calculated using the metric system;
however, below is the approximation in imperial (American) units.
||Daily Fluid Requirements
The body is able to monitor the amount of fluid it needs to function. The
thirst mechanism signals the body to drink water when the body is dry.
As well, hormones like anti-diuretic hormone (ADH) work with the kidney
to limit the amount of water lost in the urine when the body needs to