What is Dehydration

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The signs and symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration will occur when as little as 2% of the body weight is lost through fluid. The body requires the correct balance of fluid and electrolytes (salts and minerals) to maintain everyday functions and preserve health. Internally, the body has special mechanisms which help to keep this balance in check. However, the loss of fluid and electrolytes through urine, sweat, vomit, diarrhea and other bodily fluids can upset this balance, and in some cases, a person may experience dehydration.