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Has anyone got any idea what kind of nutritional imbalance could cause excessive thirst and dehydration.<br><br><br><br>
I've seen a chinese doctor and a nutritionalist this week both who told me i looked dehydrated.<br><br><br><br>
But i drink HUGE amounts. 2 litres of water, plus teas (about 3), coffee (one), miso, and milks. I also eat a shed load of fruit which is loaded with water.<br><br><br><br>
I am always thirsty.<br><br><br><br>
I don't have diabetes or anything like that. One thing I will say is that I'm quite a salt lover. Miso, tamari, seaweeds is all loaded with salt.
 

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I'm pretty sure there are two types of dehydration. Maybe you could try one of those sport drinks that include electrolytes. Your salt cravings might mean that you are having electrolyte issues but don't quote me on that. I'm gonna go see if i can find some info.
 

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You can check this out <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrolyte" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrolyte</a>
 

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Yeah, salt cravings can be from electrolyte imbalences.<br><br>
Just wondering- do you sometimes have awful pains/cramps in the back of your leg? That's also a sign of a electrolyte imbalence.<br><br>
What kinds of tea do you drink? Caffeine dehydrates you, which wouldn't help an electrolyte imbalence. You might want to take a closer look at what you've been eating latley, as well, just to make sure that you're getting enough nutrients, ect. There are also many drinks on the market that will help you replenish electrolytes.
 

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Although it doesn't look like you are a heavy consumer of either, coffee and tea are like drinking negative water. For every caffeinated bev you have, you should have an extra water or two. Nothing really hydrates as effectively as pure water (except maybe chemical-laden sports drinks), so try not to fill up on milks, juices, soups, etc. and replace some of those servings with plain water.<br><br><br><br>
This probably is not the key to the problem here, but it should help. And definitely try to cut down the sodium... good luck!
 

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If you've only heard this over this winter it could be that indoor heating is the problem. We have a heating system called forced hot air and it sucks every bit of moisture out of our house (and out of us too!!). Not to mention that the air is much dryer in the winter to begin with. I find myself always feeling dehydrated too.
 

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Yeah, salt cravings can be from electrolyte imbalences.<br><br>
Just wondering- do you sometimes have awful pains/cramps in the back of your leg? That's also a sign of a electrolyte imbalence.<br><br>
What kinds of tea do you drink? Caffeine dehydrates you, which wouldn't help an electrolyte imbalence. You might want to take a closer look at what you've been eating latley, as well, just to make sure that you're getting enough nutrients, ect. There are also many drinks on the market that will help you replenish electrolytes.</div>
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pain in back of leg you say?<br><br>
for the past 6months+ my calfs have constantly felt like they are recovering from a cramp - like if you push on it or i move it too fast its uncomfortable. noone ive asked seems to have an explanation why.<br><br><br><br>
could something like this be the cause? i drink loads of water but rarely sports drinks.<br><br><br><br>
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and i never add salt to my food<br><br>
but then ill have days where i eat it out of the grinder
 

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acfj, do you pee a lot, too? If you're peeing OKclear or nearly clear peethen you're probably getting enough liquid, so it'd be time to look into what other folks have suggested here about the quality of the liquids.
 
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this might sound really really really silly, but could it be that you have a dry mouth, instead of thirst?<br><br><br><br>
certain medications, dry air from ac or heating systems, and medical conditions like the ones that cause blocked nose stuff, etc can leave you with a dry mouth, which can easily be confused with thirstiness (is that a real word, lol?).... well it is easily confused by me, lol.<br><br><br><br>
and you're definately 110% sure you don't have diabetes or anything like that?
 

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pain in back of leg you say?<br><br>
for the past 6months+ my calfs have constantly felt like they are recovering from a cramp - like if you push on it or i move it too fast its uncomfortable. noone ive asked seems to have an explanation why.<br><br><br><br>
could something like this be the cause? i drink loads of water but rarely sports drinks.<br><br><br><br>
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and i never add salt to my food<br><br>
but then ill have days where i eat it out of the grinder</div>
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Hm.... maybe, maybe not. What I'm thinking of is it basically feels like your leg is eating itself. Very painful.
 

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Hm.... maybe, maybe not. What I'm thinking of is it basically feels like your leg is eating itself. Very painful.</div>
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That is really odd because I DO suffer from chronic pain in the back of my legs. Cramps and what I thought was tendonitis.<br><br><br><br>
I am definately thirsty and don't have a dry mouth. I am recovering from an ED and my shrink has told me he thinks I 'Water-load' ie drinking excessive amounts of water to mask my hunger.<br><br><br><br>
How can one address electroylyte inbalance, other than sports drinks which are usually packed full of chemicals? What causes the imbalance?
 

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That is really odd because I DO suffer from chronic pain in the back of my legs. Cramps and what I thought was tendonitis.<br><br><br><br>
I am definately thirsty and don't have a dry mouth. I am recovering from an ED and my shrink has told me he thinks I 'Water-load' ie drinking excessive amounts of water to mask my hunger.<br><br><br><br>
How can one address electroylyte inbalance, other than sports drinks which are usually packed full of chemicals? What causes the imbalance?</div>
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Usually it means that you aren't getting enough nutrients and electrolytes. Potassium, Bicarbonate, Chloride and Sodium are some examples. You should proabably go to your doctor and try and see what they want you to do. Do you see a nutritionist?
 

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If I was waterloading and going to the toilet at alot, would I lose minerals like Potassium, Bicarbonate, Chloride and Sodium through urination?<br><br><br><br>
I'm taking a good quality multi-mineral and I personally think that my diet is quite high in salt.<br><br><br><br>
I'm not seeing a nutrtionalist at the moment as I've had extreme difficulties finding one. I had one through NHS but she was rubbish!
 

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yes drinking too much pure water will cause electrolyte loss, thats actually what causes water poisoning. I would replace the coffee and tea with sports drinks.
 

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That is really odd because I DO suffer from chronic pain in the back of my legs. Cramps and what I thought was tendonitis.<br><br><br><br>
I am definately thirsty and don't have a dry mouth. I am recovering from an ED and my shrink has told me he thinks I 'Water-load' ie drinking excessive amounts of water to mask my hunger.<br><br><br><br>
How can one address electroylyte inbalance, other than sports drinks which are usually packed full of chemicals? What causes the imbalance?</div>
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You can eat celarey, cucumber, dark leafy greens, sea veggies, tomatoes and lots of fruit. All these things will hydrate you plus give you electrolytes, minarels and vitamins.
 

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Try to reduce sodium intake for a couple of days and see if the thirst vanishes. Try to increase your intake of magnesium against the cramps (sorry, but checking serum magnesium doesn't help). If you don't want to see your GP, which I recommend, have at least a check on diabetes done.
 
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