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Laura Allan
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It's no secret that dying of thirst would really, really suck. You'd feel dry, tired, weak, and it would continue to be that way for what feels like an eternity before you finally croak. But have you ever wondered what is dying of thirst like, really? How it works, and what exactly happens to your body? It may be a pretty grim prospect, but in a scientific way it's sort of fascinating. Gross and horrifying, but fascinating.

So, maybe you have a bit of morbid curiosity. Maybe you even asked yourself can you die of thirst, really? Well, the answer to that one is yes, you can. But your other questions and curiosities will take a more scientific eye. You just have to follow your thirst for knowledge - we won't leave you high and dry.

So, journey along this hot, parched, and arid road as we learn what it's like to be dying for lack of water. You also might want to fill yourself a glass of water before you start reading this, because, trust me, you're going start craving one a few items into this list.

It Is One of the Most Agonizing Ways to Die


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Some sources claim that dying of thirst or hunger is relatively painless, because the final stage of it is unconsciousness. Well, the unconsciousness part may be painless, but before then it is genuinely agonizing. There's still a debate on this, but many scientists state that the leading up process to death by thirst is days and days of pain. Given the other symptoms we'll discuss later, we're inclined to agree with them. 

It Could Take You a Week or Longer to Die


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It’s commonly said that you can die within days of no water. While that does happen sometimes, it can actually take you a week or more to die from thirst! Sometimes you can go even longer, though you'll likely be unconcious. It all depends on how much you weigh, your health, and your environment.

Your Kidneys Will Fail, and You'll Stop Peeing


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One of the things that happens before you die, most of the time, is that your kidneys shut down. Without fluids to process, and without a means of passing waste out of the body, your kidneys will simply stop. This also means you stop urinating or feeling like you need to urinate. However, this will cause a severe burning sensation in your bladder and urethra, so it’s really not worth it.

Your Tongue Will Swell Up Inside Your Mouth


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If you’re planning on saying some witty or profound words before you pass from thirst-death, forget about it. You might not be able to say a thing at all. That is because, before you die, one thing that happens is your tongue will start to swell up. And we mean really swell up. You’re likely to be unintelligible by the time the end comes.