Saline Solution given to Cholera patients

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Summary:

Function of Na+ ions in saline drip

Main Question or Discussion Point

Does Na+ions prevent water loss from body?
 

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Human body is big bag of saline solution. But diarrhea causes fluid and salt loss and human enzymes need minimum salt level. Normally the saline has some glucose to speed absorption. Some of the food poisoning (diarrhea) bacteria interfere with chloride metabolism. Although Sodium is the highest concentration electrolyte, Potassium is required by heart and nervous system.
 
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Human body is big bag of saline solution. But diarrhea causes fluid and salt loss and human enzymes need minimum salt level. Normally the saline has some glucose to speed absorption. Some of the food poisoning (diarrhea) bacteria interfere with chloride metabolism. Although Sodium is the highest concentration electrolyte, Potassium is required by heart and nervous system.
Sorry, but I still don't understand how does Na+ help in preventing water loss from body.
 
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Sorry, but I still don't understand how does Na+ help in preventing water loss from body.
Are you confusing with NaCl? Remember the ratio of ions is 1:1 the idea is to keep salt in the body not prevent water loss. Na+ ions can be useful to maintain cell membrane permeability among other things.
 

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