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    Default Can you be too hydrated if you're drinking to thirst?

    I'm drinking at least 3L of water a day lately, sometimes close to 4L. I feel thirsty most of the day. This has coincided with me starting to eat completely clean and cutting out caffeine completely. My urine is pretty much clear. I know too much water can dilute minerals and stuff in your body but if I'm thirsty, is it still bad to drink a lot?

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    It can be. I remember a while back seeing a documentary on people who died walking the Kokoda track- not from dehydration rather because they drank far too much water.

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    Default Can you be too hydrated if you're drinking to thirst?

    It depends. If you are sweating a lot than that can be a reason for you still being thirsty. I'm not sure if you have any autoimmune diseases but when I had gestational diabetes I was ALWAYS thirsty especially when my sugar levels weren't under control.


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    I was going to say one of the signs of diabetes is constant thirst.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaDiDah View Post
    I was going to say one of the signs of diabetes is constant thirst.
    I was going to mention this aswell. Not to scare you of course because there could be other reasons but I would have a chat to a gp about the constant thirst.

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    My physio that I was seeing for continence was shocked when I said I drink 3-4L a day. Once I told her it's because I'm thirsty she was fine with it.

    My dh reckons he drinks 10L a day, even in winter. I can't get him to understand how dangerous that is.

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    I've drank 4L of fluid today (3L water & 1L powerade) - I work in a not-properly-airconditioned-shed though..
    I sweated my butt off! And I've only been to the loo 4 times today.
    A normal day sees me drinking around 3L, winter sees two.

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    Have you cut out a lot of carbs and sugar as well? Your body might be reacting - it should subside soon but make sure you get lots of electrolytes into your body ( magnesium/potassium etc eat a banana!)

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    Also if you've been eating a lot of salty food it could make you thirsty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    Have you cut out a lot of carbs and sugar as well? Your body might be reacting - it should subside soon but make sure you get lots of electrolytes into your body ( magnesium/potassium etc eat a banana!)
    Yep I'm not eating any refined sugar or grains, so the only carbs I'm eating are from grains like quinoa, and fruit and veg. I thought it was most likely related to my food change because as I said, it has started at the exact same time as I changed my diet. I'll see how it goes and will head to the Dr if it continues this way. Thanks ladies!


 

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