Sweat and Salt

August 12, 2019
| Created by Heather Lieber, MS, RDN, CD

Our bodies produce sweat either to lower our body temperature or in response to an emotional or stressful situation. A couple of things happen when we sweat:

↓ Electrolytes:  Electrolytes are electrically charged particles that are necessary for our bodies to operate. Most of the electrolytes we lose during sweat are sodium and chloride, which together makes table salt.
↓Fluid: When sweating, we can become dehydrated quickly because of the fluid being evaporated from our skin.

Most of us eat too much salt and take part in too little exercise. However, if you are exercising for longer than an hour, are in extreme temperatures, or you notice your sweat on your clothes is very salty, you may want to consider an electrolyte drink or salty food.

So what’s this week’s tip? Sweat on! Although sweat gets a bad reputation, it is necessary to keep our body’s temperature in check.