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© 2015 by Andrea Metcalf

The Sweat Edition - No Sweat

I am sure you know that sweat is a way for the body to cool itself.  But your sweat is more than just a coolant.  How much do you know about your sweat?

 

 

1. Exercise with a hangover can lead to sweat that smells like alcoholic and is likely to also cause: 

a. dehydration, 

b. hypothermic reaction 

c.asthma

d.  lower heart rate.

-5-10% of alcohol not broken down by the liver is expressed sweat rehydrating will increase energy and reduce this effect.

 

2. Regular sweating has been shown to reduce blood pressure by removing excess calcium, sodium, lactate or vitamin K.

Sweat helps flush the body of excess sodium potentially lowering blood pressure - both saunas and sweaty workouts are effective. 

 

3. What’s the best way to rehydrate after a heavy sweating session lasting longer than an hour?

cold water with lemon , diet sports drink, water with electrolytes, 

 

4. With high intensity workouts and high sweat-rate, what mineral is lost that can lead to osteoporosis? iron, calcium copper, sodium. 

calcium can be leached out of the bones during vigorous workouts, a high-calcium meal before intense workouts can counteract this.

 

5. Heavy sweat-induced workouts can lead to cravings for pickles.   True or false 

  • True. Research shows that people who have been sweating vigorously enjoy salty or savory  foods… pickles or pickle juice are a good option.

6. Which foods should you eat to avoid smelly body odor?

  • carbs, vegetables & fruits can help reduce that effect and staying hydrated.

7. If you’re not exercising but sweating profusely, what could this be a sign of?

  • heart attack.. perspiring while experiencing discomfort in the chest, arm, neck of jaw could be the onset of a heart attack.

8.  Do you have to break a sweat to have a good workout?

No- but fit people will sweat more often and sooner than those out of shape.  Sweating is the body’s cooling system. 

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