Are you Hungry or Just Thirsty? How to Tell the Difference

The same part of your brain is responsible for interpreting hunger and thirst signals, which can result in mixed signals.

Ever finish a meal and feel hungry shortly after?  You could be thirsty, not hungry.  Sometimes we confuse hunger from thirst.  The same part of your brain is responsible for interpreting hunger and thirst signals, which can result in mixed signals.  According to a registered dietitian, you should aim to eat every three to four hours.  Signs of hunger include feeling weak, irritable or moody or your stomach rumbling or feeling empty.  True hunger comes on gradually, not suddenly.  By the time you feel thirsty, you may already be slightly dehydrated.  Symptoms include dry eyes, headache, sluggishness, nausea, dizziness, dry skin, constipation, dark yellow urine, and your mouth may feel dry.  Drink water at regular intervals throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty,  If you suspect you’re not getting enough water, aim for a glass more every day.  You may notice a huge difference in not just your appetite but your skin and digestion, too.  In a study it was found those who drink 2 glasses of water before a meal ate between up to 90 fewer calories.