Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Why is it that water doesn't always quench my thirst?

I will drink several glasses when I am really thirsty but it doesn't work. The only thing that seems to help is a soda, I know this is very strange. I don't think its serious enough to go to a doctor, even if I did I couldn't anyway...Don't get on me about putting it in the wrong section, I have no idea where it is supposed to go.
When you're thirsty because you've been losing fluids through sweat, illness, diarrhea, etc., you're losing electrolytes in addition to water. If you are drinking only water, you are not replacing the electrolytes. Additionally, in the absorption of fluids, certain electrolytes, including sugar, will actually aide in the absorption of water in the intestinal tract. This has to do with the transporter systems in the intestinal epithelial cells in which the transport of water requires coexisting ligands such as these electrolytes. This may be why you feel drinking soda quenches your thirst better than water alone. Drinking sports drinks, (such as Gatorade as another answerer suggests) will be even more helpful because they contain various electrolytes you normally lose in sweat, and healthier than just regular soda.
you know what I find that the more water I drink the more I want too=surprising isn't it?
You probably need something that water can't give you - you should probably try Gatorade instead. Drink more water throughout the day because when you're really thirsty, that's your body telling you that you're not getting enough.
You could have posted your question under health. But posting it in this category is okay.
Blood sugar levels just above your target range may make you feel tired and thirsty. If your blood sugar level stays higher than normal, your body will adjust to that level. If your blood sugar continues to rise, your kidneys will produce more urine and you can become dehydrated. A 12 ounce of cola contains about ten teaspoons of simple sugars. This cause a quick rise in the blood sugar which cause an insulin burst; which make the liver respond by converting the excess sugars into fats.
Caffeine is a diuretic; causing the kidneys to make more urine. So while you may be thinking that a soda quenches your thirst and helps keep you hydrated, the opposite is true. They not only don't quench your thirst but makes you more thirsty. Moreover, soda often contains sodium, which exacerbates thirst, while the caffeine causes you to lose more fluid.
All carbonated sodas also contain calcium-leaching phosphoric acid, and so much acid in your system can tilt your pH balance to an unhealthy level. Healthy detoxification takes place in a slightly alkaline environment. Too much acidity will sabotage the detox process.
If you think I鈥檓 being an alarmist, try this experiment: Fill a glass with soda, diet or regular, and drop a nail into the glass. Watch it over the course of an hour or two. You鈥檒l find that the soda eats away at the nail in a surprisingly short amount of time. Now think of what it can do to living stomach tissue So technically, the caffeine in most soda drinks; acting as a diuretic causes the kidney to produce more urine. and thus dehydration or more thirst. Moreover, the high content of simple sugar in soda and sodium tend to draw out more water. thus causing more thirst.
Even though a lot of people who want to lose weight are drinking artificially sweetened drinks, a lot of these drinks - coffee, tea, sodas - contain caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic. It dehydrates you, causing your body to lose water. Remember, water = good. When you are dehydrated, low on internal liquid, your metabolism slows down. This means your body gets by on fewer calories and stores the rest as fat. Think it through: You get dehydrated, you get thirsty. You just drank a cup of tea, coffee, or soda, so you can't be thirsty, can you? Since your brain can't really tell the difference between hunger and thirst signals, it tells you to eat something when all that's really going on is that you need a drink of water.
Avoid dehydration by drinking lots of water or juice. On a hot day, don't wait until you are "dying of thirst" to drink. Alcoholic and carbonated beverages such as sodas are not good choices to quench your thirst. Alcohol impairs the body's sweat mechanism, and sodas may cause dehydration

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