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June 9, 2021 • 3 min read

What's Making You Thirsty?

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Your diet, environment, health and activity level can help or hinder your body with absorbing adequate water. 

 

So what’s making you so thirsty?

Diet

Following diets that are heavy in meat and sparse in vegetables, like the keto diet will require you to drink about 75% of your body weight in ounces of water per day. (Water Consumption Calculator)

Season

Surprisingly, people are more likely to be more dehydrated during the winter rather than the typically hot summer months. This is likely due to the drying effects of heaters and furnaces in indoor environments as well as the perceived decrease in need for water.

Alcohol

Unfortunately, there’s no way around the fact that drinking alcohol drastically dehydrates your body. If you’re going to drink, make sure you’re hydrating in between drinks—have one glass of water in between every unit of alcohol.

Coffee

Great news! New research shows that anything under 4 cups of coffee is NOT a dehydrating diuretic. So enjoy your coffee, taking advantage of its antioxidant benefits. Keep in mind that black coffee, without added sugar or artificial sweeteners, is best.

The best water to drink.

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Let’s talk about water.

 

It’s up to you if and how you filter your water. Some people must filter their water because of the quality of water where they live, but this is not something my family routinely does at home. There is no general consensus on the best type or brand of water filter but www.ewg.org has a list of filters based on levels of affordability. If you’re unsure about the water quality in your area, there are lots of test kits for things like lead and excess fluoride found online and at your local hardware stores. If you’re ONLY drinking  filtered water or very large quantities of it, you will need to remineralize your water in order to replenish your electrolytes. You can do this with over-the-counter electrolyte replacement capsules or just by adding a pinch of natural, celtic, or pink sea salt to a couple of glasses of your water a day.

Is sparkling water good for me?

Reach for natural sparkling waters that are mineralized, like S. Pellegrino, Spindrift, etc. It’s best to stay away from the artificially flavored sparkling waters available in stores, but if these are your method to break your soda habit, then it’s still an improvement.

What about those special pH waters?

While there is definitely a benefit to alkalizing your body by eating more vegetables, particularly greens, the alkaline water has not been shown in research to provide any benefit. However, anecdotally, some patients have reported feeling better when switching to alkaline water. Either way, it will not hurt anything.

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After completing his residency in Internal Medicine at LSU, Dr. Jason Patel moved to Covington, Louisiana with his wife, Dr. Savannah Patel. Rated as one of the best internal medicine and primary care doctors in Covington, Dr. Patel specializes in chronic disease management such as COPD, asthma, diabetes, hypertension, anxiety, depresion and other diseases.

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