Unexpected Reasons You’re Always Thirsty from Unexpected Reasons You’re Always Thirsty
Unexpected Reasons You’re Always Thirsty
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.
You are anemic
Mild anemia often goes undiagnosed for a long time because the body adjusts itself to function with lack of enough red blood cells, and people feel like this is their new normal. As anemia gets worse, you also may experience increased thirst and sweating, according to research. When the body doesn’t have enough red blood cells its self-defense system is triggered and it will try to make up for the deficiency by triggering thirst.
You’re taking supplements
If you’re considering taking supplements, talk to your doctor about possible side effects. Dietary supplements are usually vitamins, minerals, herbs and extracts in the form of tablets, capsules or powders. More than a third of the people in the country use them. Food supplements are not regulated as drugs. Some increase urine output. Overdosing on vitamins is a possible reason for dehydration.
You have xerostomia
The condition is commonly known as dry mouth. Dryness of the mucous membranes in the mouth, is caused by a smaller flow or change in the composition of saliva. Lack of saliva, which is a disinfectant, means that your mouth is now a breeding ground for bacteria. There is nothing to wash away the germs.
Your blood pressure is low
Dehydration – when the body loses more water than you take in – can sometimes cause blood pressure to drop, according to the American Heart Association. When the body doesn’t have enough water it has difficult time delivering oxygen and nutrients to the cells, and it struggles to remove waste products. Drinking water is a natural way you can raise your blood pressure to healthy levels.
You consume too much sodium
Salt makes your thirsty. The body responds by retaining water which expands the extra cellular volume. As a result, you have about 1.5 liters (about 1.5 pints) of extra cellular fluid when you subject your organism to too much sodium. A recent study suggests that salt causes hunger, not thirst, but the body often confuses the two, which is why people may be struggling to lose weight: They eat when they should be drinking more water.
You have diabetes
Diabetes can make you feel thirsty and you may urinate more than normal. The body is trying to dilute the sugar in the blood and balance it off. Constant need to go to the bathroom may mean that your blood sugar is too high. You lose a lot of the glucose when you urinate, but you also lose electrolytes. If untreated, over time hyperglycemia can cause kidney damage and nerve damage.
Some medications, such as diuretics and laxatives, can result in fluid losses. Certain anti-depressants can cause dry mouth. Dry mouth is a common side effect of many prescription and nonprescription drugs, including drugs used to treat pain, allergies, and colds (antihistamines and decongestants), obesity, acne, epilepsy, nausea, and even asthma, according to WebMD.
You drink too much
You’re not eating carbs
Carbohydrates – sugars and starches in the diet – can increase thirst. The excess starch is stored in the body as glycogen, which holds onto water. Also, the foods that are high in carbs, such as rice, retain water, which is another reason why you’re may be feeling thirsty after having a meal loaded with carbs.
You travel to high altitudes
Humidity is lower at higher altitudes. Sweat evaporates quickly and you may not realize how much water you are losing through exertion, according to Live Strong. The lower oxygen levels also make you breathe in and out faster and more deeply, so that you lose more water through respiration. According to the Wilderness Medical Society, you lose water through respiration at high altitude twice as quickly as you do at sea level.
You have diabetes insipidus
This is a rare disorder of salt and water metabolism marked by intense thirst and heavy urination. The kidneys pass an abnormally large volume of urine that is insipid—dilute and odorless, according to NIDDK. “In people with diabetes insipidus, the kidneys can pass 3 to 20 quarts of urine a day. As a result, a person with diabetes insipidus may feel the need to drink large amounts of liquids.”
You don’t eat fruits and vegetables
You don’t have to rely solely on plain ol’ water to stay hydrated. Fruits and vegetables can make up 20 percent of a person’s total water intake, because some have very high water content. (Eating them can also help you lose weight easily.) Some of the best choices are watermelon, cucumbers, radishes, strawberries, and grapefruit.
Stress can wreak havoc on your body. It hurts the adrenal glands by hindering their function, which can lead to low blood pressure. Anxiety may cause dry mouth by taking water away from your mouth and sending it to the areas of your body that need it, or by increasing acids in your stomach that may contribute to a loss of saliva, according to the Calm Clinic.
You’re having your period
Estrogen and progesterone levels can influence the fluid volume in the body. The more fluid you lose, the more water your body needs, which is why you feel thirsty. Carry a full bottle of water when you’re outside while you have your period in order to avoid bad episodes of PMS.
Studies show that suckling is a potent stimulus to thirst in the mother, but what actually stimulates thirst during breast feeding remains unknown. You’re transferring important nutrients, electrolytes and water to your baby. This can certainly lower your hydration levels. This is also why the No. 1 advice for moms struggling with milk production is to drink tons of water. Hot water will do as well; it has many benefits.