For the past few weeks, maybe a few months, I've been having very dry mouth. It's been getting progressively worse. It's constant all-day long. I have to keep water by my bed when I sleep. Lately, when I swim, my throat has been feeling dry and weird as well. I drink a ton of water, minimum of a gallon a day, usually more than that. I'm only training for sprint tri's, doing do more than 5-7 hours of training each week which is not outrageous. I am nursing my baby, so I need a bit more water for that. But I drink so much and I don't have any other signs of dehydration. Is this common or should I look at other potential causes for this? I think it might be some other issue. Anybody else experience this?
Have you talked to your doctor about it? Could have something to do with being a mom. I've never experienced continuous dehydration like that before, but definitely get it while swimming.
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You may be peeing large amounts of sodium causing high potassium levels in the blood = hyperkalemia. The cause may start with adrenals and hormone fluctuation combined with training.
You should have your blood sugar levels checked. An unquenchable thrist is very common with elevated blood sugar levels. I don't mean to scare you but the exact thing your describing happened to me. When I went to the Dr they ran tests on blood and urine and found I was borderline diabetic. Fortunately I caught it early, made some drastic life changes and reversed the condition. If nothing else cut out all sugar and carbs for a few days and see if that helps.
A glucose tolerance test showed that I had reactive hypoglycemia. After many years of searching after receiving the diagnosis I found that the reactive hypoglycemia was simply a symptom of adrenal fatigue (no thanks to all the Dr's I saw). I followed Dr James Wilson's (google him) protocol for rebuilding the adrenal glands and that had a profound impact on improving my blood sugar levels and constant unquenchable thirst.