Do you always feel thirsty? If you drink the recommended serving of water every day, it’s probably not dehydration, but some other reason that’s responsible for your constant thirst.
We all know how healthy it is to drink two liters of water a day, but how many of us actually do it? Thirst can, of course, be caused by the insufficient intake of water throughout the day. Salty food (especially in more significant quantities) can also fuel our thirst, just like a hard workout at the gym.
Permanent thirst, however, is probably a way of our body signaling to us a particular health problem. If you drink a liter of water a day, but your mouth still feels like the Sahara, it is best to consult a doctor. It is possible that the reason for your constant thirst lies in the following six things:
Diabetes can increase the risk of dehydration, especially if you are not yet aware of this condition. When your blood sugar is excessively high, your body urges the kidneys to produce more urine to remove excess glucose. Frequent urination is another symptom that can be responsible for feelings of thirst. If you are always thirsty, often urinate, lose weight, or feel tired and irritable then you should consult a doctor.
#2. Menstruation cycle
During menstruation, you may feel constantly thirsty. Don’t worry, though – it’s entirely reasonable. The levels of estrogen and progesterone in the body during menstruation can affect the volume of fluids within the body. Add to this the loss of blood (which in some women is particularly pronounced) and the result is a further increase in thirst.
#3. Dry mouth
Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a condition where the oral cavity is drier than usual. Reduced salivation and/or change in the composition of saliva can also occur. Dry mouth can be a side effect of taking certain prescription drugs like anti-allergens or medication for dizziness or nausea while traveling. Some diseases can also cause dry mouth, so when in doubt, consult a doctor.
With anemia, the body loses red blood cells faster than they can be replaced. This can lead to insatiable thirst.
#5. Low blood pressure
Chronic stress adversely affects the adrenal glands, which can lead to low blood pressure. This condition is characterized by dizziness, depression, anxiety, and a great thirst. Thirst is a way for the body to add more water to the blood in an attempt to raise blood pressure. The only long-term solution to this problem is to reduce stress.
#6. Your diet
Foods that have a diuretic effect (celery, asparagus, beets, lemons, melons, ginger, and parsley) can cause thirst because of the increased frequency in urination. You can “balance” your body by eating more quinoa or rice since they absorb more water during the cooking process.