Are you thirsty all of the time and don’t know why? There are five major reasons why you might be feeling this way.
Thirst is your body’s way of telling you that it is running low on water. It is normal to feel thirsty, when the weather is hot, after working out or after eating salty foods. However, constantly reaching for another glass of water might indicate the presence of a health condition or issue, some of which may be more serious than others.
Thirst is often caused by dehydration, a condition that simply means that your body does not have the water it requires to carry out simple physical functions. Excessive sweating, exertion, diarrhea, vomiting, and too much sweating are often the culprits as is the excessive consumption of alcohol.
Aside from being thirsty other symptoms of dehydration include dark-colored urine, dry mouth, dry skin, fatigue, headache, light-headedness, irritability, and being unable to urinate or shed tears.
A thirst that you can’t ever seem to quench might cause a condition called polydipsia. The condition causes the salivary glands in your mouth to produce less saliva.
Thirst due to diabetes is often accompanied by any of the following: fatigue, blurred vision, hunger, and cuts and bruises that are slow to heal.
This condition is caused by a lack of a hormone in your pituitary gland that in turn causes issues with your kidneys. Along with the symptom of thirst, you may also have the urge to urinate frequently.
Anemia is a condition where the body does not produce healthy red blood cells. Many things can cause it including a poor diet, heavy bleeding, and diseases. You might be thirsty due to anemia if you are dizzy, feel tired and week, have yellowish skin, a quick pulse, and are sweating too much.
When your mouth feels dry, it is because your mouth is producing less saliva. This can be caused by medications, nerve damage in the head or neck, cancer, and tobacco use. Along with the symptom of thirst, you may have changes in taste, bad breath, irritate gums thick saliva and your lips might also stick to your teeth.
Tips for Quenching Thirst
A strategy for handling excessive thirst is to find out what it is causing the condition in the first place as many of the above conditions can be treated with changes to lifestyle or diet or using a homeopathic approach.
In general, you can treat thirst by:
- Being sure to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day
- Avoid beverages with excessive sodium
- Avoid tea, coffee, and colas as they are known diuretics
- Drink home-made vegetable and fruit juices
- Add lime, lemon, cucumber, or mint to your water as these are elements that can gently stimulate your saliva glands so that you feel less thirsty
It is also important to remember the thirst, especially extreme thirst is a signal is not the “enemy” but a signal from your body to treat your condition.
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