Feeling Hungry? Actually You’re Thirsty

You can learn a lot about your body’s needs just by paying attention.
Many of us walk around with a low level of dehydration nearly all the time.

needing hydration

Thirst is the most obvious symptom if you’re water-deficient, but here are some of the hidden ways that dehydration can show up:

  • Hunger
  • Dry mouth
  • Feeling tired or sleepy
  • Decreased urine output
  • Yellow urine
  • Headache
  • Dry skin
  • Dizziness
  • Fewer or no tears
  • Low blood pressure
  • Feeling cranky or agitated
Next time you feel pangs of hunger, try a cool glass of water first.  It may go a long way towards satisfying your craving.  Water serves a lot of different functions in your body, including:
  • Removing waste
  • Regulating body temp
  • Carrying nutrients to cells
  • Moistening oxygen for breathing
  • Helping convert food into energy
  • Cushioning vital organs and joints
Want to learn more about the role of water in your body’s health?  My colleague Karen Flicker wrote an article about hydration. You can check it out here.


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About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods. His website, askdrlavine.com, provides more information about his approach. Please contact him at drlavine@yourbodyofknowledge.com or at 212-400-9663.
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