Causal- beachgirl04

Professor Hodges, I could use some help getting started with my causal argument. Should I state that dehydration is caused from not drinking water or that a way to avoid dehydration is to stay hydrated? I know that there is a connection between both hydration and dehydration but I am unsure on how to write 1000 words on this, I also am stuck on what type of sources to search for in order to support or oppose what I am trying to say. I do not want to go in the wrong direction and I also do not want this to be too similar to my definition argument that I posted last week. What is your opinion on how I should approach this argument?

  • When you do not drink enough water you can become dehydrated and possibly pass out.
  • Dehydration is caused from not hydrating enough, the amount of water needed to stay hydrated is eight, 8-ounce classes daily.
  • The effects of dehydration are….. while the cause of all this is not drinking enough water.

2 thoughts on “Causal- beachgirl04”

  1. My opinion is that you’re not being specific enough about the actual mechanics of hydration/dehydration. Ultimately it won’t matter whether the material first appeared in your Definition or your Causal essay. As you have figured out, there’s plenty of overlap. (Dehydration might be a “physical state,” but it can’t be separated from the process that creates it.)

    So. Sources. Let’s see what we can find.

    I did two quick searches on Google Scholar and got some good hits.
    —To reproduce my search results, use the following phrase in quotation marks in the Google Scholar search field: “dehydration and rehydration”
    Army research on internal body systems for soldiers:

    Body fluid balance is controlled by both physiological and behavioral actions. However, when there is lack of fluid availability, exposure to extreme environments, or illness, inability to maintain fluid balance can seriously jeopardize health and the ability to perform. The terms euhydration, hypohydration, and hyperhydration will be used. Euhydration defines a normal, narrow fluctuation in body water content, whereas the terms hypohydration and hyperhydration define, respectively, a general deficit (hypohydration) and surfeit (hyperhydration) in body water content beyond normal.
    Study of high school athletes who lost weight by restricting fluids:

    Cardiac output, heart rate, stoke volume, and oxygen difference were measured in 16 high school wrestlers during exercise at normal weight, after a four or five percent weight loss, and following one hour of rehydration. Weight losses were accomplished over 48 hours by fluid and food restriction as well as intermittent exercise. It was concluded that despite a short rehydration period, the cardiovascular dynamics of these high school wrestlers rapidly returned to normal during moderately heavy work because of the small plasma changes that accompanied the 48-hour weight loss.

    —To reproduce my search results, use the following phrase in quotation marks in the Google Scholar search field: dehydration “human physiology”
    From the Journal of Athletic Training:

    The medical supervision of athletes who exercise in hot environments requires an in-depth understanding of basic physiologic responses and performance considerations. Part I of this article aims to lay the scientific foundation for efficient implementation of the guidelines for monitoring athletic performance in the heat provided in Part II.
    My favorite measures blood flow during prolonged exercise. This provides an understandable explanation for the problems dehydration causes.

    The present study examined whether the blood flow to exercising muscles becomes reduced when cardiac output and systemic vascular conductance decline with dehydration during prolonged exercise in the heat. A secondary aim was to determine whether the upward drift in oxygen consumption during prolonged exercise is confined to the active muscles. The combination of exercise and environmental heat stress is believed to result in competition between the exercising skeletal muscle and the skin compartments for the available blood flow. The prevailing hypothesis has been that during exercise with heat stress, blood flow to the active skeletal muscle would be reduced at the expense of the elevated skin blood flow.
    Brilliant stuff that really explains the problem of dehydration at a cellular level. It’s science-y, but accessible enough for me to gather the gist of it.

    This article provides a comprehensive review of dehydration assessment and presents a unique evaluation of the dehydration and performance literature. The importance of osmolality and volume are emphasized as the single most essential aspect of dehydration assessment. No clear threshold or plausible mechanisms support the impairment in strength observed with dehydration. Similarly, the potential for dehydration to impair cognition appears small. The impact of dehydration on any particular sport skill or task is therefore likely dependent upon the makeup of the task itself.

    How many hundred words is that? Seriously, BG04, the way to write 1000 words about dehydration is to research what dehydration is. These few articles alone, which I found in five minutes, offer a wide range of entirely pertinent information on the changes that occur in the human body during exercise and other extreme stresses (heat, prolonged strain, fluid deprivation). You’ll be able to share real insights into WHY it’s important to drink enough water if you’re going to be outdoors for 16 hours at the next Made In America festival.

    Your response is required. 🙂


    1. Your response is very much appreciated and helpful. Thank you for clearing things up for me, I will do the best that I can on this 1000 word paper and look forward to your feedback on it as well after tomorrow!


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