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What metabolic effects happen in the body when there is not enough water?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Water deficit shifts fluid from intracellular to extracellular compartment—cells shrink; ADH (vasopressin) tells kidneys to save h2o by decreasing & concentrating urine.
With vigorous exercise, lack of fluid can lead to elevated core temp. Dehydration can —> mental status changes, decreased gastric emptying, constipation, headache, loss of skin turgor. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc2908954/.

In brief: Brief explanation

Water deficit shifts fluid from intracellular to extracellular compartment—cells shrink; ADH (vasopressin) tells kidneys to save h2o by decreasing & concentrating urine.
With vigorous exercise, lack of fluid can lead to elevated core temp. Dehydration can —> mental status changes, decreased gastric emptying, constipation, headache, loss of skin turgor. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc2908954/.
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