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Has anyone else experience a loss of thirst since going Paleo?

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Created April 29, 2011 at 2:31 PM

I've noticed that since I've been Paleo, I'm nowhere near as thirsty as I used to be. Anyone else experience this or know why this happens?

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on April 30, 2011
at 11:16 PM

Smart Water just has elecrolyte stuff in it and I figure I could probably use a little more of that stuff. I tried coconut water and didn't like it. I have nasty sulferous well water, so I pretty much have to drink bottled/filtered water anyway.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on April 30, 2011
at 06:02 PM

me too. i enjoy drinking coffee infinitely more than drinking water, so im like, "if the coffee doesnt work, i dont know what else to do!" and thats how i ended up here. FML.

D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

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on April 30, 2011
at 02:52 PM

I don't think my skin is getting any dryer, is "smart water" as smart as all that? I just drink NY tap, when I'm not drinking coffee. NY's water is so good (so far) - I'm not being facetious for a change :)

D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

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on April 30, 2011
at 02:45 PM

I don't know about that, I used to be a vegetarian (more or less), so while I've lost a ton of weight going paleo, my veggie ingestion remains about the same! - I've still lost my sense of thirst - can't tell whether that's good or bad - I never drink soft drinks, just a gallon of coffee every morning (exaggeration) -

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on April 30, 2011
at 02:41 PM

It can happen because when you change fuel source it effects the posterior pituitary function of ADH release. This in turn effect the heart release of atrial naturietic factor and it effect serum osmolalar concentration. Thirst goes down. As the body adapts to ketones the posterior pituitary comes back. You may also notice why you feel bad initially on paleo people have all these bad names for.....the real reason is the other posterior pituitary hormone oxytocin falls and cause you to lose that good feeling. Oxytocin is the feel good hormone. Good luck

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on April 30, 2011
at 02:11 PM

Headaches are my first indicator of dehydration. It's just that sometimes I forget that and try adding caffeine instead!

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

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on April 30, 2011
at 12:13 AM

Yep, but in the other direction. Water is a product in saturated fat synthesis, not in energy derivation! Water is actually used to hydrate a double bond formed in beta-oxidation, the process that prepares chunks of fat molecules for further energy harvesting. In a given palmitic acid (16C) molecule, you'll actually expend 7 water molecules to prepare it for the Krebs cycle. If you were to build a palmitic acid molecule, you'd end up with 7 more free waters than you started with.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on April 29, 2011
at 07:32 PM

agreed completely

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

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on April 29, 2011
at 06:36 PM

Yeah, I get the night pees, too. I've been experimenting with how to kill the drymouth right before bed so it doesn't keep me up while not consuming so much water that I have to pee at 4AM. I just do a shotglass of water right before I lay down. It's enough to keep my mouth wet til I fall asleep, not enough to make me wake up to pee. It's worked 4 out of the last 5 nights.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on April 29, 2011
at 06:14 PM

Same! Multiple wake-ups in the night to go pee really suck. I stay hydrated all day, too, but it's like I'm hit with dry mouth just as I'm starting to unwind. Frustrating! (I tried sucking on SF hard candies after brushing my teeth, but that only succeeded in upsetting my digestion.)

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on April 29, 2011
at 05:48 PM

I don't think it's dangerous or unhealthy, just more noticeable than before I was Paleo. I've always had a tendency to let myself become dehydrated, but not I'm much more proactive, and notice my thirst more.

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

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on April 29, 2011
at 04:46 PM

That doesn't actually sound too good. Are you taking in a ton of salt? Are you urinating often to counteract all the water you're taking in?

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on April 29, 2011
at 03:33 PM

How odd - ever since going Paleo I always find myself thirsty at bedtime. Anyone else care to share an anecdote?

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Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

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on April 29, 2011
at 02:35 PM

Part of it could be that you're consuming fewer salty food additives or caffeine. Both of these things affect the salinity of your blood or the volume of your blood respectively, and both of those attributes are basic thirst signals.

I'd actually have to say that I'm maybe a little more thirsty since eating Paleo, or at the very least, I'm no less thirsty. I did, though, drink almost no water on SAD. No idea why, I just didn't like the taste. Now, I prefer (really, I do!) crisp, icy water over my old liquid cocaine, Mountain Dew. I find I get thirstier towards bedtime. That's a total mystery to me.

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on April 29, 2011
at 03:33 PM

How odd - ever since going Paleo I always find myself thirsty at bedtime. Anyone else care to share an anecdote?

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

(3417)

on April 29, 2011
at 06:36 PM

Yeah, I get the night pees, too. I've been experimenting with how to kill the drymouth right before bed so it doesn't keep me up while not consuming so much water that I have to pee at 4AM. I just do a shotglass of water right before I lay down. It's enough to keep my mouth wet til I fall asleep, not enough to make me wake up to pee. It's worked 4 out of the last 5 nights.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on April 29, 2011
at 06:14 PM

Same! Multiple wake-ups in the night to go pee really suck. I stay hydrated all day, too, but it's like I'm hit with dry mouth just as I'm starting to unwind. Frustrating! (I tried sucking on SF hard candies after brushing my teeth, but that only succeeded in upsetting my digestion.)

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79648d1e9f1a8d25d9450a8a1d18fe64

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on April 29, 2011
at 02:48 PM

One of the end products of saturated fat metabolism is...water!

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

(3417)

on April 30, 2011
at 12:13 AM

Yep, but in the other direction. Water is a product in saturated fat synthesis, not in energy derivation! Water is actually used to hydrate a double bond formed in beta-oxidation, the process that prepares chunks of fat molecules for further energy harvesting. In a given palmitic acid (16C) molecule, you'll actually expend 7 water molecules to prepare it for the Krebs cycle. If you were to build a palmitic acid molecule, you'd end up with 7 more free waters than you started with.

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50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on April 29, 2011
at 05:46 PM

I hardly ever get thirsty. Unfortunately, I think the last few months I have been in a constantly dehydrated state. I would make it a point to drink more water, especially if you are VLC, as I have heard many people have similar experiences. It seems this with type of eating (Paleo) fluids are hemorrhaged easier or more often.

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on April 29, 2011
at 03:04 PM

you know, ive been experiencing the same thing and when i went to my doc the other day for a 7 week-long headache that isnt responding to anything we discovered that my potassium is very high (and has remained so over three blood draws, each one week apart). i have no other symptoms, so right now she has me pounding water to see if its just dehydration. make sure that even if youre not thirsty, youre still taking in enough.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on April 30, 2011
at 06:02 PM

me too. i enjoy drinking coffee infinitely more than drinking water, so im like, "if the coffee doesnt work, i dont know what else to do!" and thats how i ended up here. FML.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on April 30, 2011
at 02:11 PM

Headaches are my first indicator of dehydration. It's just that sometimes I forget that and try adding caffeine instead!

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on April 30, 2011
at 02:14 PM

Yes and it's becoming a problem for me. My skin is super dry which has never been a problem for me at all. I used to take a water pill for my edema, which made me thirsty so I drank water all the time. Now that I'm eating Paleo and I don't need the water pill I don't seem to get thirsty at all!

I've just bought a few giant bottles of Smart Water that I'm going to try to drag around with me and be more conscious of staying hydrated.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on April 30, 2011
at 11:16 PM

Smart Water just has elecrolyte stuff in it and I figure I could probably use a little more of that stuff. I tried coconut water and didn't like it. I have nasty sulferous well water, so I pretty much have to drink bottled/filtered water anyway.

D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

(543)

on April 30, 2011
at 02:52 PM

I don't think my skin is getting any dryer, is "smart water" as smart as all that? I just drink NY tap, when I'm not drinking coffee. NY's water is so good (so far) - I'm not being facetious for a change :)

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E5a41bcb2819c818cc0d92489e7c35f2

on April 30, 2011
at 04:28 AM

Since going paleo, I've ran into the same thing — I used to be thirsty enough to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day, and now I have to try to remember to have three. I chalk it up to the high water content of the vegetables and fruits I'm eating; however, perhaps I was just drinking WAY too much water due to salt and crap, and my body is evening out. Very interesting to hear that others have similar experiences!

D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

(543)

on April 30, 2011
at 02:45 PM

I don't know about that, I used to be a vegetarian (more or less), so while I've lost a ton of weight going paleo, my veggie ingestion remains about the same! - I've still lost my sense of thirst - can't tell whether that's good or bad - I never drink soft drinks, just a gallon of coffee every morning (exaggeration) -

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6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on April 29, 2011
at 11:53 PM

Yeah, like always, the conventional wisdom doesn't apply to those who aren't, well, conventional. I only drink like a glass or two a day, I guess. Sometimes less. I don't do it on purpose; my thirst simply dictates it. (That'll probably change once it starts getting hot again.)

But isn't the "recommended" like 8 glasses a day or something? I support this recommendation: Stop eating junk food, start trusting your body. If they fail the first step, I have no suggestions. Maybe listening to random guidelines would be a good idea in that circumstance. No idea, nor do I care.

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on April 29, 2011
at 11:40 PM

You may be consuming more water in fresh vegetables and fruits? Just about all fruits and vegetables are about 80-95% water by weight.

Also, I was surprised to learn how much sodium is in some carbonated beverages. If you used to drink soda pop, quitting would reduce your thirst.

I've noticed my hunger and thirst seem more true now, if that makes sense. I eat when I'm hungry and the food satisfies. I drink when I'm thirsty and the water satisfies. On Paleo, I don't feel like what I'm eating and drinking are screwing with my appetites.

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D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

on April 29, 2011
at 06:57 PM

I have lost thirst, I force myself to drink when I realize I haven't had anything to eat or drink all day - (I think I may have halitosis as well!) shh! don't tell! I don't have a significant other to tell me - maybe I'll expose my breath to the next slow teller at my grocery store and find out!

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on April 29, 2011
at 06:14 PM

I find that I am extremely thirsty when in ketosis.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on April 29, 2011
at 07:32 PM

agreed completely

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Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

on April 29, 2011
at 04:50 PM

I've never really had a strong sense of thirst. Nowadays I tend to get thirsty around meal times, or I just prefer to be drinking water while eating, I used to eat my meals without drinking anything. I've noticed that my kidneys are quite 'active'. It only takes 15-30 min before I have to pee out what I just drank. Due to this I always never drank that much since I've been in classes/lab a lot, and having to pee every 30 min gets annoying.

I recently decided to get my self to drink more water, drinking at least two quarts a day aside from a couple cups of tea.

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on April 29, 2011
at 03:33 PM

Quite the opposite for me. I drink so much more water now than I ever did before, it's insane. I wake up feeling like the Sahara, and immediately down 2 big glasses, and then throughout the day, I'm constantly sipping on water or drinking tea. SO THIRSTY.

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on April 29, 2011
at 05:48 PM

I don't think it's dangerous or unhealthy, just more noticeable than before I was Paleo. I've always had a tendency to let myself become dehydrated, but not I'm much more proactive, and notice my thirst more.

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

(2297)

on April 29, 2011
at 04:46 PM

That doesn't actually sound too good. Are you taking in a ton of salt? Are you urinating often to counteract all the water you're taking in?

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on April 29, 2011
at 03:00 PM

I've definitely experienced this. I've even gotten pretty dehydrated a couple of times without feeling thirsty, especially while doing VLC. Not sure what was going on there...

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