Our brain is amazing. It tells us when we need to drink more water. And one of the ways it tells us is to make us feel thirsty.
Exercising can increase your need to drink water, but there’s no need to overdo it.
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If kidneys could talk, they’d tell you not to overdo the water rule you hear all the time. But since they can’t talk, they do send signals to your body that enough is enough.
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Our bodies are pretty good at telling us when we need to drink water.
Most of us get thirsty when we need to drink more water. But there are other tell-tale signs that not all is well.
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Yes, it’s hot outside. And football practice is starting for thousands of kids. But coaches and parents should be careful about tellings kids to drink more water. That has been deadly.
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Eight seems like a lot…
We’ve all hear we should drink eight glasses of water per day, but where did that advice come from, and is it outdated?
Studies have found caffeinated drinks retain about as much fluid as water or sports drinks.
Regular caffeine intake makes us tolerant to the effect on irregular users of wanting to go to the toilet.
There’s not enough evidence that sports drinks are any better at hydrating you than water.
Just a slight thirst could affect your brain.
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Feeling thirsty could be affecting your brain function more than you realise.
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By the time you feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated.
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First we feel thirsty and fatigued, and may develop a mild headache. This eventually gives way to grumpiness, and mental and physical decline.
If the only liquid you consume is alcoholic, you’ll become dehydrated, especially in warmer climates.
Why does drinking too much leave you feeling so rotten?
You might not need to pee either.
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