Are you thirsty all the time? I am. I know exactly how you feel. No, I don’t have diabetes and yes, I urinate constantly. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. Here is a list of the 5 non-diabetic reasons you’re thirsty all the time.
This is a commonly-overlooked cause of excessive thirst. You don’t have to suffer from full-blown anxiety attacks to be thirsty all the time nor does your water-drinking have to be psychological. If you’re an anxious person by nature, your entire body works overtime. This means, in addition to excessive thirst, you may also experience higher than average heartbeat, cold hands and feet, muscle twitching, and hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating).
- Medication Side Effects
If you take medication for anxiety or allergies, it could make you thirsty all the time. Dry mouth and excessive thirst is a common side effect of many medications. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about your options.
Hay fever and other nasal allergies can also cause dry mouth and excessive thirst. Excessive mucus production in response to the allergen dries out the mouth and throat and can sometimes cause a dry, hacking cough.
- Sjögren’s Syndrome
Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder whereby the immune system mistakenly attacks the glands responsible for making tears and saliva. Symptoms of this disease include excessive thirst, dry eyes, vaginal dryness, extreme fatigue, brain fog, vasculitis, dry skin, Raynaud’s phenomenon, and increased risk for liver disease.
- Thyroid Disease
Hyperthyroidism and Grave’s disease can also make you feel thirsty all the time. When your body makes too much of the thyroid hormone, everything moves faster. Your metabolism is high, your blood flows faster, and your kidneys filer more, which causes increased urination and excessive thirst.
How I Treat Excessive Thirst
For my excessive thirst, I drink a ton of water at once and then sip throughout the day. When I wake up, I usually drink anywhere from 8-32 ounces of water all at once or over the course of an hour. This re-hydrates my body from hours of not drinking any water and also helps get things moving for a healthy number two. I also drink coconut water often as it replaces lost electrolytes and eases that dry feeling in the back of my throat.
The way you treat your excessive thirst will depend on what’s causing it. If it’s a matter of anxiety, medication side effects or allergies, drinking lots of water and sucking on hard candies may really be your only option. In the case of Sjögren’s syndrome or thyroid disease, it’s important to be evaluated by a medical professional. Accurate diagnosis is important even if you choose to use natural remedies as a means of treatment.
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