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Why am I so thirsty?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 02, 2012 at 1:57 PM

I've been lurking on PaleoHacks since I started eating paleo about 2 months ago and this is my first question.

Since starting paleo, I have been thirsty nearly constantly! On days when I work out, I'm drinking more than 100 oz of water per day. On my rest days, I still drink at least 80 oz per day. This is WAY more water than I ever drank before. Is there an explanation for this or has anyone else experienced this?

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on February 03, 2012
at 01:54 PM

HappyNow - I weigh 145 (down 10 pounds!!!) , so on my rest days I'm only 8oz over that rule.

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on February 02, 2012
at 09:53 PM

That sounds like a perfectly normal amount of water. I suppose it would depend on how much you weigh though, .5 oz./lb. of body weight/day was the formula given to me by my nutritionist. If you weigh significantly less than 160 lbs., you might want to up your electrolyte intake though (Celtic Sea Salt is my fave).

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on February 02, 2012
at 07:58 PM

I've varied my carb intake a few times and noticed the same thing. I also had kidney pain when I didn't get enough water. Apparently VLC is not for me!

88a3d907cfbe4cb0a23fd5da36161f9b

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on February 02, 2012
at 07:38 PM

I've never really measured, but I only add salt while cooking if a recipe calls for it and I don't add salt to my food once I plate it. I love garlic and frequently add it to veggies and meats, so that's usually my biggest seasoning.

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on February 02, 2012
at 07:18 PM

How much salt ?

88a3d907cfbe4cb0a23fd5da36161f9b

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on February 02, 2012
at 06:33 PM

Korion, a typical day: B-Egg/beef "muffin", blueberries L-Pork chop from last night cooked in coconut oil, salad with olive oil and lemon dressing, handful of almonds S-Piece of fruit or serving of veggies (LOVE asparagus and broccoli) D-Big hunk of meat and lots of veggies on the side

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on February 02, 2012
at 05:23 PM

Sounds like ketosis to me

88a3d907cfbe4cb0a23fd5da36161f9b

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on February 02, 2012
at 02:53 PM

Oh sorry, didn't answer one of your questions. I would estimate that I used to drink 40oz (before paleo).

88a3d907cfbe4cb0a23fd5da36161f9b

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on February 02, 2012
at 02:36 PM

I don't think it's excessive either, just a huge increase. I typically don't salt my food, but I don't avoid salty things either. I am sweating more, but only because I'm working out now. In general, I would say that my output has not really increased that much. I feel great, just thirsty! Thanks for responding - I'm interested in your input.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on February 02, 2012
at 02:36 PM

I have this problem when I eat too much protein. What are you eating?

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on February 02, 2012
at 02:12 PM

I was asking myself exactly the same question! I seem to be constantly thirsty; I spend a lot of my day drinking water (and peeing)...

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on February 02, 2012
at 06:31 PM

When you go paleo you alter epigenetic hypothalamic signaling. It effect posterior pituitary function of ADH and oxytocin/VIP which regulate water balance and thirst. Its part of the the rewiring of the reset too. I just have not got it in the blog. It will be in the book though.

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on February 02, 2012
at 05:14 PM

I also noticed increased thirst at first and I assumed it was because I was eating whole foods that were more dense rather than processed foods.

Now, I'd change my opinion slightly and say my level of thirst seems to track with how many carbs I eat. If I eat huge salads and lots of fruit, I'm not very thirsty because my food is high-moisture. If I hit meat hard, with few carbs, I'm a drinking fool.

If you're eating low- or very-low carbs I think lots of liquid is needed for your gut and kidneys.

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on February 02, 2012
at 07:58 PM

I've varied my carb intake a few times and noticed the same thing. I also had kidney pain when I didn't get enough water. Apparently VLC is not for me!

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on February 02, 2012
at 02:10 PM

I don't think that is an excessive amount but I live in a dry climate. How much did you used to drink? Do you use salt or avoid it? Does you liquid input approximately match your output or are you sweating excessively now? How do you feel?

88a3d907cfbe4cb0a23fd5da36161f9b

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on February 02, 2012
at 02:36 PM

I don't think it's excessive either, just a huge increase. I typically don't salt my food, but I don't avoid salty things either. I am sweating more, but only because I'm working out now. In general, I would say that my output has not really increased that much. I feel great, just thirsty! Thanks for responding - I'm interested in your input.

88a3d907cfbe4cb0a23fd5da36161f9b

(614)

on February 02, 2012
at 02:53 PM

Oh sorry, didn't answer one of your questions. I would estimate that I used to drink 40oz (before paleo).

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on February 02, 2012
at 02:56 PM

Perhaps an iodine deficiency? I think it's like when you're hungover and you keep drinking water and peeing it out and not feeling any better because the alcohol depleted all of the iodine and now you can't actually absorb the water and it just goes on its merry way.

Also this might help explain why it's worse on Paleo, since SAD has a ton of salt and thus more iodine that you are no longer getting.

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