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Offline Shawn

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Urination frequency and thirst
« on: March 29, 2007, 12:23:29 PM »
Since starting this WOE, has anybody's urination frequency increased?  I would be surprised if it hasn't, because for most of us, this WOE means a big increase in protein intake.  Personally, I urinate during the day like 7-9 times, or something like that.  Then usually in the wee hours - 3am to 5am - I wake up to go again.  This seems a little excessive to me, but the really strange thing is I rarely ever actually feel thirsty.  Not never, just rarely.  How about you?

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Re: Urination frequency and thirst
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2007, 02:52:18 PM »
I pee a lot when I remember to actually drink my water!  I rarely get thirsty as well, so in order to make myself get enough water I fill up a 1-liter container with water and make sure I finish it at some point during the day.  Sometimes I carbonate it (we have a home carbonator, it's a lot of fun).


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Re: Urination frequency and thirst
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2007, 03:26:32 PM »
You'd think because of the protein we'd be thirsty all the time!  But I think I read somewhere that carbs cause us to retain water.  Maybe carbs would cause more thirst?

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Re: Urination frequency and thirst
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2007, 05:49:42 PM »
That's an interesting thought, but I really don't know.  I've never been a thirsty person as far as I remember, lol.  I do know that if I eat too many carbs I will immediately gain about 3lbs of water weight.  I think it's because carbs replenish your muscle glycogen, and glycogen is stored attached to water molecules.

Also, the more water you drink the less you retain in your tissues and vice versa.  Basically if you get water all the time your body assumes that water is plentiful and doesn't bother to hold on to it.  But if you don't drink water, your body assumes water is scarce so it does hold on to it.  So drinking more water will help you lose water weight, oddly enough.

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Re: Urination frequency and thirst
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2007, 05:51:09 PM »
Actually, I read that somewhere a long time ago and had forgotten.  Thanks!


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Re: Urination frequency and thirst
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2007, 05:25:05 PM »
Also, the more water you drink the less you retain in your tissues and vice versa.  Basically if you get water all the time your body assumes that water is plentiful and doesn't bother to hold on to it.

Could it be the sodium content of various foods that effect retention levels?

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Re: Urination frequency and thirst
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2007, 07:46:35 PM »
Yes, that can be a factor too.

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Re: Urination frequency and thirst
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2007, 02:29:42 AM »
I'm noticing that I rarely get thirsty too and I actually have to *remember* to drink.

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Re: Urination frequency and thirst
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2007, 09:38:57 AM »
I haven't noticed much of a change in my urination since I started paleo.  I don't believe in the popular dictum to drink a lot of water during the day.  I doubt that our paleolithic ancestors had to "remember to drink water"- they just drank when they were thirsty.   See my posting at http://cavemanforum.com/index.php?topic=316.0 on this idea.

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