Scientists Pinpoint Neurons In The Brain That Regulate Thirst
To survive, we all need to satisfy our cravings for water. The benefits of doing so are many: water flushes the body of waste, cushions joints, helps deliver oxygen to cells, aids in digestion, and is required by the brain to function properly. Without water, basic physical processes begin to fail and we die in a matter of days.
Now, a team of scientists from Columbia University has identified two distinct set of neurons in the brain that control thirst: one set triggers the need to drink, and the other signals the body when to stop. The neurons reside in the subfornical organ (SFO) of the brain, according to findings published in Nature this week…