Do you develop a lot of thirst hours after binge eating or wake up in the middle of the night feeling parched after a day of bingeing?
Perhaps you’re wondering if all that food intake has dehydrated your body.
“In general, binge eating is not associated with dehydration,” says Natasha Fuksina, MD, an internal medicine and obesity specialist who combines traditional, integrative and functional medicine to restore health and function.
“However, if you were overeating on, let’s say, large amounts of salty crackers or chips [or high sodium food such as pizza], or dense foods with little to no water content, I can see that it would increase your thirst mechanism to increase water intake.”
Another possible explanation is that the binge itself causes you to drink much less water than you normally would – leading to thirstiness hours later.
Dr. Fuksina is the founder of astraMDhealth, which includes telemedicine. Double board certified in internal and obesity medicine, she focuses on a personalized approach, including metabolism and genetic makeup, to customize treatments and preventive care.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.