It’s normal to feel thirsty after eating spicy foods or doing strenuous exercises. But sometimes thirst has a hidden reason.
You may have heard of the “drink eight glasses of water a day” standard rule. Even though it’s not the best basis for measuring proper hydration, many people follow it and are healthy. Adequate hydration is dependent on many different factors, such as your size, activity levels and sweat rate, but certain conditions have a tremendous effect.
Water is becoming the go-to drink for many, according to data from the U.S. National Health Nutrition Examination Survey for 2009 to 2012. Adult men take in 117 ounces of water daily, on average – more than 14 cups. For women, the number is 93 ounces, or almost 12 cups daily.
Drinking water, plain, naturally flavored with fruits, or in soups or other foods, is crucial to your health. You lose it not only when you go to the bathroom; fluid losses also occur from skin evaporation and breathing.
The best indicator of your hydration is your urine. Someone who is well-hydrated will produce clear or light-colored urine. Dark-colored urine is a sign of dehydration. Other signs of dehydration include dry mouth, sleepiness, decreased urine output, dry skin, inability to produce tears, headache, constipation, dizziness, and extreme thirst.