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ok, this is a bit weird, and neither i nor my other pre-med type friends have been able to figure it out, but it's bugging me so i thought i would give it a shot here...

the other day i went to a "hot yoga" class - 90 min of yoga in 110 degree heat. it's hard work, people! they tell you not to eat for 3 hrs before, and you drink a LOT of water. you sweat a lot. about halfway through the class my water started tasting sweet. like deliciously sweet and delectable. not like sugar water, exactly, though. i swear this happened.

has this ever happened to anyone else? does anyone have an explanation? a friend of mine suggested that i was very hypoglycemic and that the sweet taste was really the fruity breath symptom that diabetics get when they have ketoacidosis (when the body breaks fat down into blood sugar, it causes this condition), but i don't know if i buy that. it didn't really taste like acetone. any ideas?


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i'm speculating as much as your friend is, although I doubt it's ketones.

I think it's just an evolutionary mechanism to make you drink more. If you really need the water, your brains is gonna make it seem to taste really appealing to you. I've experienced the same phenomenon. It's been 110ºF here for the past three days, and water has never tasted so good.

also, mineral and dissolved gas content also influence the taste of water. Well-oxygenated water does taste sweeter than boiled water.

and Ems, that bikram yoga is some crazy hardcore stuff. wow!

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Thank you ems, for proving that I am not totally nuts!

Back in my glory days, I ran Track and Cross Country. And as anyone who ran Cross Country in the desert can tell you, the season falls in the hottest, dryest, nastiest part of the year. We'd frequently make the "look at these idiots" part of our local newscast as we ran past signs that pegged the temperature well in excess of 110 degrees.

And when we'd finally be able to drink water again, I would notice on occasion that the water would taste sweet. It really was a puzzing anamoly, only happening every now and then, and only happening to some of us. We asked our chemistry teacher, he had no clue. We asked our biology teacher, she had no clue. We asked our physics teacher, he kicked us out of class. Sitting in detention, we just figured we were all nuts.

So it's good to hear that we weren't the only people this was happening to. I guess the human body really does work in mysterious ways...

BruinDan, "Number Three," FHOM

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