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Reason for not feeling thirsty?

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Hi Doc.
Often miss out on consuming water through the day due to erratic schedule and at times do not feel up to reaching out to the water bottle [even while its just an arm distance away]. What can be done to balance it / is there a reason for not feeling as thirsty and inertia for this?
Posted Wed, 13 Mar 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Shoaib Khan 52 minutes later

Thank you for writing to us.

Thirst is a natural stimulus, which if recognized will lead to a natural urge/reflex to consume water or other fluids. I understand yours is more of a thought process/awareness problem than a physical one. May be if you understand the benefits of water in your body and the ill effects of consuming less water, you would find it motivating to consume more water.

Main benefits:
-Regulates body temperature
-Brain consists of 90% water (less water, less brain activity, reduced intellect, more susceptible to infection or injury)
-Transports nutrients and oxygen to cells (less water makes you more susceptible to infection, malnutrition and blood disorders)
-Moisturizes air in lungs (less water, more irritable the lung is, making the lungs more susceptible to long-term diseases/disorders)
-Protects all organs (boosts immunity)
-Muscles consist of 70-80% water (makes us more mobile, prevents old age muscular problems)
-Skeletal system consists of 20-25% water (protects from bone disorders, keeps bones strong thus preventing easily damaged, fragile, fractured bones)
-Detoxification (removes impurities from blood, which if stagnant can lead to a number of serious complications)
-Provides fluid in joints (prevents friction, damage, arthritis like disorders)
-Less fluid results in less work for the kidneys (could lead to kidney failure- long-term), concentrated urine (formation of stones), etc.
-Heart (less water, more concentrated blood, more difficult to pump blood, overworked heart, long-term failure)

And many more. Multiple benefits by just consuming 2-3 liters of water a day. You could also substitute your water requirement by consuming food that is XXXXXXX in water content (eg. watermelons, strawberries, blueberries, yogurt, grapefruit, cucumbers, pineapples, etc.)

I hope this information helps. Do write back to me for further clarifications.

Best wishes.
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