why does ice cream make you thirsty

Mystery Unveiled: Why Does Ice Cream Make You Thirsty?

Case File: “Why Does Ice Cream Make You Thirsty?”

why does ice cream make you thirsty

On a hot summer day, nothing hits the spot quite like a cold scoop of refreshing ice cream (especially Cold Case flavors!). However, many people notice that eating (or licking, if cones are more your style) ice cream leaves them feeling thirsty. No one likes being thirsty, and while you might be tempted to keep eating more ice cream in an attempt to quench your thirst, the best way to hydrate is always to drink pure water! Drinking water will help quench your thirst so that you can continue to eat as much delicious ice cream as you want!

Keep reading to learn why ice cream makes you feel thirsty, and to learn how to quench your thirst!

Why Does Ice Cream Make You Thirsty?

When you eat ice cream, the ingredients from the sweet treat enter your bloodstream. Ice cream is made up of sugar, fat, amino acids, and other chemicals that all flow into your bloodstream and, as a result, start circulating through your body. When chemicals such as these integrate into your bloodstream, it results in water being drained from your cells. Considering that water is one of the most important things your body needs, this can be quite a problem if you do not try to make active efforts to stay hydrated while eating ice cream.

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Does All Ice Cream Make You Thirsty?

Each person is different, so some may feel more thirsty after eating ice cream while other people might not feel anything at all. However, the higher the quality of the ice cream, the less likely you are to get dehydrated. Here at Cold Case Ice Cream, we use only the absolute highest quality ingredients. All six pints that you get when you order one of our specialty cases are handcrafted from carefully created recipes. The flavors rotate every six weeks, so be sure to check our website regularly to stay up to date on new flavors!

How Do I Quench My Ice Cream-Induced Thirst?

Our main recommendation for quenching ice cream-induced thirst is to keep a cup of water nearby. Drink water as you eat your ice cream so that you can stay hydrated as the ice cream enters your bloodstream and demands more water as a result. 

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What If All Ice Cream Causes My Mouth To Feel Dry?

If your mouth always feels too dry when you eat ice cream, you might want to consider sticking with fruit-based sorbet. Sorbet is made with ice, fruit, and other flavorings. As a general rule, sorbet does not contain dairy as traditional ice cream does. While we at Cold Case Ice Cream believe that cream is what makes ice cream so creamy and wonderfully delicious, some people find sorbet to be more pleasing for their stomachs and bodies in general. Sorbet still contains a lot of sugar, as all frozen treats do, but the lack of dairy content might help you not feel such extreme effects.

Tips For Staying Hydrated During the Summer

While hydration is important at all times, it is especially important when you eat foods that could lead to dehydration. In addition, if you are eating ice cream then there is a good chance that it is hot outside and you’re looking for ways to cool down (not that we’d ever assume anything about the weather if you’re partaking of ice cream—here at Cold Case Ice Cream, we’d be the first to recommend ice cream at any time of year, rain or sunshine, hot or cold, day or night!). However, if it is hot outside, that is even more of a reason to stay hydrated! We’ve collected some tips for staying hydrated so you can enjoy ice cream and enjoy life without needing to worry about getting too thirsty or dehydrated!

How to Stay Hydrated:

  1. Drink a large glass of water first thing in the morning. Keep a water bottle by your bed so you can grab it first thing when you wake up will make this easy!
  2. Learn to realize when you are dehydrated. This can be difficult, especially since most people don’t start feeling dehydrated until long after they’ve started being under hydrated, but there are some signs you can look for. Headaches, a dry mouth, and fatigue are all signs of dehydration.
  3. Always drink water when you eat food. It can be hard to remember, especially if you’re just having a quick snack, but most people recognize hunger before they recognize thirst. The two go hand in hand, so if you ever feel hungry it’s pretty safe to assume that your body is also thirsty. Eating ice cream? Drink a glass of water. Going out to eat at a restaurant? Down your glass before the food hits the table.
  4. Always carry a water bottle with you. If you are always holding a water bottle in your hands, and if you are constantly seeing a water bottle with your eyes, it’s far easier to remember to drink water than if you just wait for water to present itself before you like magic.
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