Always Feeling Hungry? Scientists Say You Might Be Simply Thirsty

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You probably already know that water is important, but did you may that it may be the missing link to weight loss? Yep. It turns out that most people can’t tell the difference between hunger and thirst anymore. In fact, according to research, most of us may be reaching for a snack when we should be reaching for a glass of H20.

Think you drink plenty of water?

Then it may surprise you to know that an estimated 75% of Americans[1] are chronically dehydrated and don’t even know it! Something else that may surprise you is that thirst isn’t the best way to gauge your water needs. In fact, there are several common signs of inadequate water intake[2] that people never even consider indicative of thirst. Some of these include a headache, sleepiness, constipation, and (you guessed it) increased hunger.

So, now may wonder how you can tell the difference between hunger and thirst when they feel much the same to you.

The answer? guess in favor of hydration. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever overhydrate and all too easy to overeat. You may be chronically dehydrated without knowing it, but it’s doubtful you’d ever doubt whether or not you were starving.

Make it a habit.

Drink a glass of water or herbal tea at least 30 minutes before a meal or snack. This way, you’ll be more aware of the true extent of your appetite, you’ll absorb the water more effectively, and you won’t dilute your stomach acid while it’s trying to digest.

Dehydration may play a bigger role in your life than you realize. Luckily, it’s an easy fix. Learn to drink more water and not only will you find that your hunger cravings are reduced, but you’ll also feel better in general!


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