Are You Thirsty All The Time?

Most medical practitioners will tell you that if you are thirsty all the time it means you may have diabetes. While diabetes does come with that first sign, something much simpler is also happening that no one is ever talking about!

Let’s look at the biochemical nature of thirst; shall we? I will not get into chemical equations, have no worries. I just merely want to visit the cell level. When a cell doesn’t get water inside of it or lacks water on its outside, we feel thirsty. So the medical industry tells you “go ahead, drink some water.” But we have a problem. Each cell has openings (gates) that are closed unless something will open them.

The little video below shows you how the gate opens and closes. I call these gates “mouths” of the cells for simplicity. A cell must be able to open its mouth to get water in. The opening requires sodium and chloride (salt in common knowledge) since sodium (Na+) and chloride (Cl-) are opposites in charge in ionic form (they are in ionic form in the body). Opposites attract so in order for them to get closer, they send a shock of electricity through the cell, which opens the gates (mouths). When the gate is opened, sodium can go in (chloride stays out) and potassium also goes in. Hence the name: sodium-potassium gate–or pump. The video below is not created by me but is linked from Youtube.

 

 

If the gates cannot open, you can drink as much water as you wish but they will not be able to quench your thirst; water will not be able to enter the cells. Thus you can drink until the cows come home and you will remain thirsty!

As the video above shows, when you are thirsty, you first need to have enough salt in you to break down into sodium and chloride to open the gates and also enough potassium. Potassium is a diuretic, so it is needed to release the toxic used water from the cell whereas sodium grabs fresh water as it enters the cell. When the cell is in balance this way, it can refresh its water as it needs to and so you will not feel thirsty.

Thus if you know you are not diabetic but you are thirsty all the time, instead of grabbing a glass of water, grab a little salty something AND a glass of water. Particularly if you are in a very hot region or exercise a lot, you evaporate sweat water and salt with your body’s cooling system as it cools itself. You need to replace water AND salt, not just water. Drinking too much water without salt can harm you in what is called water toxicity! Be aware that soft drinks, teas, coffees, and alcohol are not hydrating and are not equal to water! When thirsty, have some salt and water. And by water I mean WATER!

Which salt should you eat? I have several articles on salt in this blog and if you page back to the types of salts I wrote about, you will learn that white salt is what you want and purified kind–I know, there are all kinds of advertisements and articles on natural sea salts but of course, everyone wants to sell something. In just one sentence: every salt on earth is sea salt, and that includes your table salt to the Himalayan salt coming from the top of the mountain. All are sea salts. The difference is how much gunk they carry. Natural unpurified salts carry a lot of trace minerals that many sellers are proud of but in reality most are radio-active so be careful! Read the article and see the list of radioactive ingredients in the Himalayan salt at the link provided. Other salts have the same with varying degrees. Table salt is purified specifically to get rid of the radio-active materials.

So thirsty? Have some salt and then water. 

Comments are welcome.

Angela

About Be Healthy

Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist who evaluates changes in behavior, chronic pain, decision-making, as a result of hormonal variations in the brain. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention and treatment without the use of medicines. As a migraineur, her discovery was helped by experimenting on herself. She found the cause of migraine to be at the ionic level, associated with disruption of the electrolyte homeostasis, resulting from genetic mutations of insulin and glucose transporters, and voltage gated sodium and calcium channel mutations. Such mutations cause major shifts in a migraine brain, unlike that of a non-migraine brain. A non-migraineur can handle electrolyte changes on autopilot. A migraineur must always be on manual guard for such changes to maintain electrolyte homeostasis. The book Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: How To Treat and Prevent Migraines Without Medicines - An Insider's View explains why we have migraines, how to prevent them and how to stay migraine (and medicine) free for life. As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and new research and findings, she is now finishing the 2nd edition. The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraines, incorporating all there is to know at the moment and also some hypotheses. It includes an academic research section with suggestions for further research. The book is full of citations to authenticate the statements she makes to be followed up by those interested and to spark further research interest. While working on the 2nd edition of the book she also published academic articles: "Migraine Cause and Treatment" Mental Health in family Medicine, November 23, 2015, open access "Functional Prodrome in Migraines" Journal of Neurological Disorders, January 22, 2016, open access "Are Statistics Misleading Sodium Reduction Benefits?", Journal of Medical Diagnostic Method, February 3, 2016, open access “A Comment on Severe Headache or Migraine History Is Inversely Correlated With Dietary Sodium Intake: NHANES 1999-2004” Angela A Stanton PhD, 19 July 2016 DOI: 10.1111/head.12861 not open access, subscription is required to read it. Dr. Stanton received her BSc at UCLA in Mathematics, MBA at UCR, MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, PhD in NeuroEconomics at Claremont Graduate University, and fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers. For relaxation Dr. Stanton paints and photographs. Follow her on Twitter at: @MigraineBook
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5 Responses to Are You Thirsty All The Time?

  1. Moongazer says:

    Hi, the link to the video is “unavailable”

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