Have you ever felt really dehydrated, drunk a substantial amount of water, only to find out that you are still thirsty? You’d be surprised to find out that happens more often than not to a lot of people.
There might be three main reasons why after having drunk a lot of water you are still thirsty. But before looking into that, we need to explain the basics of what it is being hydrated.
How much water should you drink?
Though the amount of water depends from person to person, the general rule is to divide your weight in half and think that amount in ounces. If you weigh 150 pounds you should drink, 75 ounces of water each day. This may vary according to your diet, workout routine, environment and other factors. For example, if you eat foods that are packed with water such as cucumbers and watermelons, you don’t need to drink as much.
Why is it necessary to stay hydrated?
Hydration is truly critical for the functioning of our bodies: water is crucial for our blood to circulate properly, for waste to be flushed, our temperature regulated and for our nervous system in general.
Is there anything as drinking too much water?
The truth is that you can over hydrate, and the condition is called water intoxication. This happens when excess water dilutes out blood electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium, which causes cramping, weakness, arrhythmias and fatal brain swelling –this is extremely rare and you would have to drink an additional gallon or two.
How to know if you are dehydrated?
Headaches, fatigue, dry skin, constipation, dark urine and muscle cramps can all be signs of dehydration.
You are drinking enough water, but still feel dehydrated, why?
There are several reasons why this may happen. These are the most common:
If you drink enough water, but don’t have enough fruits and veggies, electrolytes –sodium, magnesium, potassium, etc.– can be flushed out. Then our body sends out the thirst signal and makes us drink more water, and further dilutes electrolytes. Fiber and electrolytes are paramount when it comes down to the absorption of water into our cells.
If you are sweating a lot your body loses electrolytes and fluids and if those are not replenished, you’ll feel signs of dehydration.
Some medications are diuretics, which make our body flush salt and water, and you could become dehydrated.
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