I have been reading blogs, Guyton and Pocock about what triggers the feeling of thirsty. I am not convinced that is the fact of

  • warm water
  • time is short so not much water lost

Assume that the water's temperature is the same as body's temperature. Of course, there is little temperature change caused by air and water, but I think it is not that much. I think more important is the steady, continous irritation of skin as a mechanism.

I wrote my suggestion for the answer below.

Do sympaticus and stimulation of lymphatic circulation cause feeling of thirsty?


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I think the mechanism is the stimulation of the skin systemically i.e. the most important endocrine organ which we have. The irritation of skin in the shower is

  • mechanical turbulent stream of water in acceleration
    • 1) hitting (start) your skin from different directions (many flows) in many different flows
    • it's you who causes the systemic stimulation effect!
    • water steam in acceleration all the time; moving its direction; in ellipsoidal tracts
    • water stream flowing slowly on your skin towards periphery mostly
    • causing smooth but continuos irritation of your skin
      • activation of smooth muscles in synchronous order which boost lymphatic circulation
  • mechanical turbulent stream of air (temperature change of skin)
    • this one is not in accelerative move, since there is no forces which keep the subsequent air and skin together
    • very little impact, unless extreme situation (etc in Alaska)

I would think that the increased lymphatic circulation irritates the walls of lymphatic circulation which causes an increase in the need of water there. So water would diffuse from vascular space inside blood vessels (extravascular space) into the lymphatic system. The decrease in blood pressure through baroreflexive arch and hypothalamus (some nuclei too) would then be sensed as the feeling of thirsty.

Water in shower on the skin accelerates, since it changes its direction all the time from the beginning of the stream until the end. I think it is the steady change of irritation's location in ellipsoidal tracts that stimulates hypothalamus. I think it is not the strength of the stream but the changing direction that is cause of the irritation. Of course, there is little changes in the strength of the total stream. I think this is not so significant than the change of the direction of the water flow causing the irritation.

In short, I say that accelerative water streams massage lymphatic system in ellipsoidal tracts.


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