Myths About Hydration #4
Get the truth about when, what and how much you really need to sip.
Myth: Thirsty? You’re already dehydrated.
Fact: You could use a drink, but it is not a crisis. Folks who tout this myth would have you believe that thirst is something you should never feel, ever. But thirst is simply your body telling you that you need to take a sip of water. Our ancestors had to look for fluid, they could not just walk to the water cooler. Translation: It is Ok to feel a little thirsty – just don’t wait too long to grab a drink. Actual dehydration (the kind that endangers your health) comes with more serious ill effects, like migraines and dizziness.
Bottom Line: Assuming you are otherwise healthy, thirst is totally normal and not a sign of a major problem. Don’t let it reach the point where you feel foggy or get a headache. If you do, start sipping right away. Mild dehydration can be treated by drinking more, but if you have symptoms of severe dehydration, like confusion, extreme thirst or no urination, head to the ER where you can get IV fluids.