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May 2009 Chirurgeon's Message

Importance of Water in the Human Body

Water has traditionally been considered mere packing material that served little purpose other than to give the body its weight and bulk. Medieval thinkers believed water was there to give the body volume; otherwise it would be nothing but dry chemicals. However water is crucial to every bodily operation and when we become dehydrated, the body instinctively begins to ration water to each organ. The brain, being the most important organ, gets the most water. The skin, being the least important, is rationed the least amount of water. Chronically dry skin and/or dandruff are signs of advanced bodily dehydration, as are asthma and hyperventilation. It is the law of vital adaptation at work; that the body will do what it has to do to survive, which in this case means the most important organs get served first. If the body didn't do that we would suffer the ill effects of dehydration much more rapidly.

Approximately 85% of our brain, 80% of our blood and 70% of our muscle is water. Every cell in our body needs water to live by transporting oxygen and nutrient into our cells and eliminating waste and toxins from our cells. Water also provides cushion for our body joints and helps to regulate our body temperature.

Therefore it is easy to see why it is very important to drink six to eight glasses of water a day. If we do not have enough water then our blood pressure can fall to dangerously low levels and your body will start to shut down. An example is daytime fatigue which is triggered by a lack of water. A mere 2% drop in body water can decrease short term memory and cause difficulty on focusing on the task at hand.

Here in the Kingdom of Caid, our summers are very hot and dry so we lose more water during an event then you would normally in your day to day activities. As many of us are running around tending to chores or fighting we are not aware of just how much water we actually lose during the day. So the next time you hear at opening court to drink your water, please pay heed and down a "couple of pints" (water, not ale, alcohol causes you to LOSE water). Your Chirurgeons will appreciate it.

THL Blase di Angelo
Kingdom Chirurgeon


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