Water physiology: Essentiality, metabolism, and health implications

Stavros A. Kavouras, Costas A. Anastasiou

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Abstract

Water is the most abundant molecule in the human body that undergoes continuous recycling. Numerous functions have been recognized for body water, including its function as a solvent, as a means to remove metabolic heat, and as a regulator of cell volume and overall function. Tight control mechanisms have evolved for precise control of fluid balance, indicative of its biological importance. However, water is frequently overlooked as a nutrient. This article reviews the basic elements of water physiology in relation to health, placing emphasis on the assessment of water requirements and fluid balance. Current recommendations are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S27-S32
JournalNutrition Today
Volume45
Issue number6 SUPPL.
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Water-Electrolyte Balance
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Body Water
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Cell Size
Human Body
Hot Temperature
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Water physiology : Essentiality, metabolism, and health implications. / Kavouras, Stavros A.; Anastasiou, Costas A.

In: Nutrition Today, Vol. 45, No. 6 SUPPL., 01.11.2010, p. S27-S32.

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Kavouras, Stavros A. ; Anastasiou, Costas A. / Water physiology : Essentiality, metabolism, and health implications. In: Nutrition Today. 2010 ; Vol. 45, No. 6 SUPPL. pp. S27-S32.
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