One of the most common issues that new vapers—or even seasoned vapers—experience? Feeling dehydrated when vaping. Many newbies are probably puzzled by their sudden thirst or dry mouth. Yes, smoking cigarettes made you feel thirsty, but vaping kicks the intensity up a notch. Most of us are aware of what dehydration does to the body. If you aren’t feeling hydrated, that means that you aren’t drinking enough fluids, and it is very important to rehydrate yourself. But why does vaping seem to make it more difficult to quench your thirst?
Why Am I Feeling Dehyrated When Vaping?
When I began vaping, I had no idea that dehydration was a side effect that I would have to combat. After realizing that I was feeling dehydrated during and after vaping, I wanted to know why vaping causes dehydration. The answer here is not to be found in the act of vaping itself, but rather in the ingredients of your vape juice. If you’ve been vaping for a while, you already know what propylene glycol (PG) is. An ingredient of your e-juice, PG is an odorless and colorless substance that is used in food products, as well as in your vape juice. High PG juices will have the stronger “throat-hit” that many ex-smokers long for.
PG, however, is a hygroscopic substance. To put it simply, PG bonds with water molecules, which means that the PG in your e-liquid will draw from the water molecules in your mouth, as well as your nose and your throat. Obviously, if you are new to vaping, you’re probably going to feel it pretty quickly, since you aren’t aware that you need to compensate with more fluids. Even seasoned vapers will sometimes neglect our hydration levels, especially when temperatures are rising and we aren’t trying to counteract all of the factors that lead to gradual dehydration.
What if I Don’t Realize I’m Dehydrated?
Truly, some of us are oblivious until our lips begin to crack at the corners. Dehydration can come on very gradually if we aren’t paying attention. The best rule of thumb is to pay attention to your thirst. If you are feeling thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Fatigue, dry eyes, and dry mouth are also some signs to be on the watch for, as well as the color of your urine. If it doesn’t look light or clear, then you’re probably dehydrated.
So How Do I Combat This?
This is going to sound like a really obvious solution, but drink more water! We all know that keeping ourselves hydrated is important. If we neglect our hydration, it can lead to some serious consequences. The easiest way to prevent dehydration is to drink the recommended eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, plus a little extra. The more you vape, the more you should drink. If you start to feel thirsty that means that you aren’t drinking enough water. Monitor how much water you drink throughout the day. Another option? If you feel consistently dehydrated, your PG percentage may be too high for you, so you might consider switching to a juice with a higher VG/PG ratio to help lower these effects a bit, but that doesn’t mean you won’t still need to compensate with extra fluids throughout the day.
By following these tips you can make sure you stay properly hydrated and get the full benefits of vaping.