Feeling parched all day long? Check out these reasons why you might always be reaching for a glass of water more than usually.
Your diet has too much salt in it
Salt pulls water out of cells and forces the body to conserve as much water as possible, which is why you urinate less when you eat too much salt. The water-deprived cells send a chemical message to the brain asking for more water, and you start to feel thirsty. Cut down on your salt intake and make sure you’re drinking enough water. Here are other signs you’re eating much sodium.
You’ve been out in the sun for too long
Even if you’re not running around, you can still become dehydrated, especially in the hot sunlight. If you know you’re going to be outside all day, make sure you have a water bottle handy.
You might have diabetes
Some people mistake dehydration for diabetes. With dehydration, your body wants to preserve liquids. With diabetes, the sugar is spilling and forcing you to urinate more often. Three signs of diabetes: excessive thirst, excessive urination, and blurred vision. If you’re experiencing all three, talk to your doctor about your concerns. Diabetes can increase your risk of dehydration especially if you’re not yet aware of it. When blood sugar levels are too high, your body peer-pressures your kidneys into producing more urine to get rid of the excess glucose. This leads to drinking more fluids, which compounds the problem.” If you experience excessive thirst and urination, as well as other symptoms like unexplained weight loss, fatigue, or irritability, your doctor can carry out a blood glucose test to find out if you have diabetes.
You have xerostomia, better known as dry mouth
Some rare conditions do cause dry mouth. When the saliva glands in the mouth don’t produce enough saliva, you may feel you need to drink more water to get rid of the feeling. If your feelings of dry mouth persist, visit your doctor for more information.
You are anemic
Your body relies on healthy blood cells to carry blood throughout the body. Mild anemia usually won’t cause excessive thirst, but if your condition worsens, you may feel thirsty as well as worn out.
During your period
During the great flood, you may feel the urge to suck up water like a shop vac. Don’t worry: It’s totally normal. Estrogen and progesterone levels can both affect fluid volume. Add to that blood loss from the cycle itself especially if your periods are on the heavy side and the result is a compensatory increase in thirst. In other words, when you’re stranded in PMS Land, make sure you keep a bottle of water h