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Why can't I sweat anymore?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 06, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Don't get me wrong, it's a great relief to not be a sweaty mess half the time, like I was before, but now I don't seem to be producing a drop of sweat, even when exercising? Is this something to be concerned about?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on March 04, 2012
at 09:11 AM

I have had very, very, very similar issues as rob. And I've thought several times about hypothyroidism and about iodine too in the past (that's why I bought liquid iodine to try out soon). I will report back. Gelatin cured my constipation though (I go to the toilet once every day now).

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on April 22, 2011
at 11:42 PM

I also take a kelp pill, and only about twice a week. It may not be this exact one, but it's definitely this company: http://tinyurl.com/3dnlhfe (Link is to google products, just for illustration; the first thing I found.)

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(5136)

on April 22, 2011
at 05:20 PM

thanks, i hope so!

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

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on April 22, 2011
at 04:57 PM

Yes, I think natural supplements/foods containing idodine are the best way to go. I take a kelp pill - not every day

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 07, 2011
at 02:55 PM

Yes, exactly. Its a *belief*, not a *fact*, that people need to force themselves to drink when they are not thirsty. People have also come to equate thirstiness with being dehydrated, which is also wrong...they are not dehydrated, they are merely thirsty. As you say, the body is not so stupid that it wouldn't let you know that it needs water.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on February 07, 2011
at 03:38 AM

I'd just keep an eye out for how you feel when it's really hot and you are really working hard. But if you feel fine the whole time, it's probably not a big deal. I know my mother rarely sweats such that when she is finally REALLY working hard and it's REALLY hot outside, she is kinda freaked out by it saying "Oh my god, look how much I am sweating!?!?!" As if this was a new and strange medical phenomenon. A few times, she even asked me if I thought she was sick or something because she was sweating! But I asked her if she felt fine and she always said yes. Kinda funny really!

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on February 07, 2011
at 03:34 AM

Recently some scientists scoured the journals and research papers looking for evidence to support that we need to drink large amounts of water even if we don't feel thirsty. And they could not find any research at all to support this. There is just no evidence that the body is too stupid to make you feel thirsty in a timely fashion.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on February 07, 2011
at 01:05 AM

Each to her own.

0adda19045a3641edac0008364b91110

(1146)

on February 06, 2011
at 10:00 PM

My energies vary, usually I am not as energetic as I'd wished though.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 06, 2011
at 09:03 PM

At the risk of being argumentative, I would like to point out that you were specifically telling me *NOT* to listen to my body. Indeed, you were recommending mentally override my body's signals and that I should *FORCE* myself to drink 80oz of water a day when you said "Surely you can do that." Long story short, Dexter, *I DO LISTEN TO MY BODY*, and that is why I *DO NOT* drink 80oz of water per day. I would literally vomit it up if I did that. Vomiting something up is a pretty sure sign that the body is rejecting it. Maybe that's why you pee so much...too much water *IS* a toxin!

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on February 06, 2011
at 07:11 PM

Each to her own. I choose to drink 100oz a day at 160 pounds with 9% body fat. I choose to flush any toxins with which I may come in contact. With my body being 65 to 70% water, I choose to replenish my water levels and pee out the rest I don't need. I choose to listen to my body.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on February 06, 2011
at 07:10 PM

Each to her own. I choose to drink 100oz a day at 160 pounds with 9% body fat. I choose to flush any toxins with which I may come in contact. With my body being 65 to 70% water, I choose to replenish my water levels and pee out the rest I don't need.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on February 06, 2011
at 06:59 PM

Each to her own. I choose to drink 100oz a day at 160 pounds paleo eater.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on February 06, 2011
at 06:57 PM

Each to her own.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 06, 2011
at 06:01 PM

And Dexter, that "waiting for thirst signals means you are long past the point of dehydration" is just plain hooey. If that were true, people would have become extinct long ago. Did paleo-era people have the 8x8 formula, or did they just listen to their bodies thirst signals? Do animals apply an 8x8 formula, or do they just listen to their thirst signals? Besides which, there is a differnce between thirst and dehydration. Dehydration is a medical emergency, thirst...even extreme thirst...is not.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 06, 2011
at 05:51 PM

p.s. All the sites that say to drink massive amounts of water give formulas on how to calculate what they *believe* is the right amount to drink, but none of them (that I have seen) give any references for how they come up with their formulas!

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 06, 2011
at 05:45 PM

I remember this water intake thing now! Somebody ran an experiment that determined that people get most of their water from food, but some health guru thought they meant people should *drink* that much water per day. Ever since then, the "force yourself to drink alot of water" dictum has been repeated like it is revealed wisdom, even though it is wrong. The people who ran the experiment said that they don't know how anyone could have read into what they wrote that people need to *drink* that much water every day. I'm sorry that I don't have the links right now...I will look for them.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on February 06, 2011
at 05:39 PM

Helen, as many articles point out, waiting for the thirst pangs to signal "drink water"...one is long past the point of dehydration...which allows toxins to build up in the body.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 06, 2011
at 05:32 PM

Thanks for the link, Dexter, but forcing myself to drink that much water..."Surely you can do that"...is not something that I am interested in. I prefer to listen to my body's thirst signals, rather than apply some rule or forumla.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on February 06, 2011
at 05:23 PM

Here is one http://www.naturodoc.com/library/nutrition/water.htm Google "water intake in ounces" You will get the 8X8 rule, or some other formula. It has been years since I was given my way of calculating. My formula is good across all weights. 80oz spread over a 12 hour day results in 6.5oz of water per hour. Surely you can do that. It is a half ounce of water for each pound of body weight. I just present it differently.

5f0158c23fcb5636e57b4ce097784da0

(1386)

on February 06, 2011
at 05:22 PM

check for hypothyroidism or iodine deficiency. or simply not enough carbs (down-regulates thyroid production in some people)

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 06, 2011
at 05:21 PM

Yup, sounds like hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism can be brought on by an iodine deficiency...which is what happened to me...so you might want to ask yourself if you are getting enough iodine in your diet. p.s. I *highly* recommend reading *Iodine: Why you need it, Why you can't live without it* by David Brownstein, M.D. I seriously credit this book with starting me down the road to a healthy old age instead of the usual disease-ridden one.

5f0158c23fcb5636e57b4ce097784da0

(1386)

on February 06, 2011
at 05:20 PM

sounds like an iodine deficiency to me.. may be a good idea to get your thyroid status checked and take some kelp or a drop of IOSOL a day. how is your general energy level?

0adda19045a3641edac0008364b91110

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on February 06, 2011
at 05:13 PM

I don't seem to have any deliberating symptoms asides from not sweating.

0adda19045a3641edac0008364b91110

(1146)

on February 06, 2011
at 05:12 PM

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism: -Constipation -Coarse, dry hair -Dry, rough pale skin -Cold intolerance (you can't tolerate cold temperatures like those around you) -Irritability -Decreased libido Oh wow I have a lot of those symptoms, except I can't gain weight, not lose it. Might be on to something.

0adda19045a3641edac0008364b91110

(1146)

on February 06, 2011
at 05:07 PM

Heat just seems to make me red, but other than that I love it. I sure as hell can't tolerate the cold at ALL!!!

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 06, 2011
at 04:59 PM

By that formula, I would have to drink 80 ounces (10 cups) of water per day. I don't know about anyone else, but I couldn't do that if I tried...it would totally make me sick to the point of vomiting. So yes, please enlighten us to where/how you are coming up with that formula, because with all due respect, I think its nonsense.

5f0158c23fcb5636e57b4ce097784da0

(1386)

on February 06, 2011
at 04:53 PM

it certainly CAN be a serious condition. how do you tolerate heat? do you have any skin rashes or any other new symptoms? also, google "anhidrosis"

6ae590a9f80a306e4fa4c78e00fb2bf7

(30)

on February 06, 2011
at 04:53 PM

With respect, where are you coming up with that formula on how much water a person should drink?

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on February 06, 2011
at 04:41 PM

I hope less sweating is a great side effect...because I am a sweater no matter what size!

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1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 06, 2011
at 04:54 PM

Inability to sweat can be a sign of hypothyroidism, but hopefully that is not what your sweatlessness (is that even a word?) is about.

0adda19045a3641edac0008364b91110

(1146)

on February 06, 2011
at 05:12 PM

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism: -Constipation -Coarse, dry hair -Dry, rough pale skin -Cold intolerance (you can't tolerate cold temperatures like those around you) -Irritability -Decreased libido Oh wow I have a lot of those symptoms, except I can't gain weight, not lose it. Might be on to something.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 06, 2011
at 05:21 PM

Yup, sounds like hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism can be brought on by an iodine deficiency...which is what happened to me...so you might want to ask yourself if you are getting enough iodine in your diet. p.s. I *highly* recommend reading *Iodine: Why you need it, Why you can't live without it* by David Brownstein, M.D. I seriously credit this book with starting me down the road to a healthy old age instead of the usual disease-ridden one.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on March 04, 2012
at 09:11 AM

I have had very, very, very similar issues as rob. And I've thought several times about hypothyroidism and about iodine too in the past (that's why I bought liquid iodine to try out soon). I will report back. Gelatin cured my constipation though (I go to the toilet once every day now).

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on February 06, 2011
at 04:50 PM

This would be a problem if you are overheating. If you are not overheating, then you may not have needed the sweat yet. Keep an eye on this. In extreme situations you should still sweat. If not, be ready to put water on yourself to take the place of the sweat and cool yourself down, and then see a doctor about it. However, if you are exercising and not sweating and feel fine, then I think you are fine. If you start to seriously overheat, you will feel sick and know something is not right. At that point, stop and add water to yourself if you suspect overheating. I've known people who actually do not have the ability to sweat and they have to be very careful about overheating in hot environments and during heavy exercise. However, I myself do not sweat much unless it is BOTH hot out and I am exercising heavily. I don't seem to sweat much if I'm exercising but it's cool out.

0adda19045a3641edac0008364b91110

(1146)

on February 06, 2011
at 05:13 PM

I don't seem to have any deliberating symptoms asides from not sweating.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on February 07, 2011
at 03:38 AM

I'd just keep an eye out for how you feel when it's really hot and you are really working hard. But if you feel fine the whole time, it's probably not a big deal. I know my mother rarely sweats such that when she is finally REALLY working hard and it's REALLY hot outside, she is kinda freaked out by it saying "Oh my god, look how much I am sweating!?!?!" As if this was a new and strange medical phenomenon. A few times, she even asked me if I thought she was sick or something because she was sweating! But I asked her if she felt fine and she always said yes. Kinda funny really!

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(5136)

on April 22, 2011
at 04:13 PM

I'm starting to think I have an iodine deficiency. Recently my skin has been really dry. It's always been on the dry side, but it seems worse. It also seems to be looking a little bit "older". I'm a woman, and we tend to sweat less, but it takes a big effort to get me to break a sweat. I don't use table salt, I use himalayan pink, cook almost everything we eat at home from scratch, but I use my salt relatively liberally. I was looking at my last blood work (02/2010) and my thyroid numbers did seem a tad weird, though I'm no doctor. TSH hypersensitive was 3.29 squiggleIU/ml (high?), t3uptake 36.9%, t4 7.2squiggle g/dl, thyroxine index free 2.7 %

I'm really not sure how to calculate my iodine needs/intake. What I've started to do is eat a leaf of kombu daily (only 2 days so far) to kind of gradually up my iodine intake. Is this an appropriate way to navigate this situation? I've read that supplementing with iodine can be a little drastic on the system so I've been thinking adding a bit of kombu daily would be a relatively benign way to start, ideas (any insight would be much appreciated)?

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(5136)

on April 22, 2011
at 05:20 PM

thanks, i hope so!

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on April 22, 2011
at 11:42 PM

I also take a kelp pill, and only about twice a week. It may not be this exact one, but it's definitely this company: http://tinyurl.com/3dnlhfe (Link is to google products, just for illustration; the first thing I found.)

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

(7967)

on April 22, 2011
at 04:57 PM

Yes, I think natural supplements/foods containing idodine are the best way to go. I take a kelp pill - not every day

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on February 06, 2011
at 09:50 PM

I don't sweat much because I have water retention issues and take a water pill for that. Please make sure you are drinking enough water!

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06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on February 06, 2011
at 04:50 PM

Here again is the symptom of paleos not drinking enough water because they eat til satiated and they don't get the thirsty pang feeling. I have to constantly remind myself to drink water.

Take you weight in pounds, divide by two...the result is the amount of water in ounces to drink in water. I add 25% to my number. Keeps the body flushed out and sweating is also a process of removing toxins and is a process of cooling the body.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 06, 2011
at 05:45 PM

I remember this water intake thing now! Somebody ran an experiment that determined that people get most of their water from food, but some health guru thought they meant people should *drink* that much water per day. Ever since then, the "force yourself to drink alot of water" dictum has been repeated like it is revealed wisdom, even though it is wrong. The people who ran the experiment said that they don't know how anyone could have read into what they wrote that people need to *drink* that much water every day. I'm sorry that I don't have the links right now...I will look for them.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on February 06, 2011
at 05:39 PM

Helen, as many articles point out, waiting for the thirst pangs to signal "drink water"...one is long past the point of dehydration...which allows toxins to build up in the body.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 06, 2011
at 04:59 PM

By that formula, I would have to drink 80 ounces (10 cups) of water per day. I don't know about anyone else, but I couldn't do that if I tried...it would totally make me sick to the point of vomiting. So yes, please enlighten us to where/how you are coming up with that formula, because with all due respect, I think its nonsense.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 06, 2011
at 09:03 PM

At the risk of being argumentative, I would like to point out that you were specifically telling me *NOT* to listen to my body. Indeed, you were recommending mentally override my body's signals and that I should *FORCE* myself to drink 80oz of water a day when you said "Surely you can do that." Long story short, Dexter, *I DO LISTEN TO MY BODY*, and that is why I *DO NOT* drink 80oz of water per day. I would literally vomit it up if I did that. Vomiting something up is a pretty sure sign that the body is rejecting it. Maybe that's why you pee so much...too much water *IS* a toxin!

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 06, 2011
at 05:51 PM

p.s. All the sites that say to drink massive amounts of water give formulas on how to calculate what they *believe* is the right amount to drink, but none of them (that I have seen) give any references for how they come up with their formulas!

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 07, 2011
at 02:55 PM

Yes, exactly. Its a *belief*, not a *fact*, that people need to force themselves to drink when they are not thirsty. People have also come to equate thirstiness with being dehydrated, which is also wrong...they are not dehydrated, they are merely thirsty. As you say, the body is not so stupid that it wouldn't let you know that it needs water.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 06, 2011
at 06:01 PM

And Dexter, that "waiting for thirst signals means you are long past the point of dehydration" is just plain hooey. If that were true, people would have become extinct long ago. Did paleo-era people have the 8x8 formula, or did they just listen to their bodies thirst signals? Do animals apply an 8x8 formula, or do they just listen to their thirst signals? Besides which, there is a differnce between thirst and dehydration. Dehydration is a medical emergency, thirst...even extreme thirst...is not.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on February 07, 2011
at 01:05 AM

Each to her own.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on February 06, 2011
at 05:23 PM

Here is one http://www.naturodoc.com/library/nutrition/water.htm Google "water intake in ounces" You will get the 8X8 rule, or some other formula. It has been years since I was given my way of calculating. My formula is good across all weights. 80oz spread over a 12 hour day results in 6.5oz of water per hour. Surely you can do that. It is a half ounce of water for each pound of body weight. I just present it differently.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on February 06, 2011
at 07:11 PM

Each to her own. I choose to drink 100oz a day at 160 pounds with 9% body fat. I choose to flush any toxins with which I may come in contact. With my body being 65 to 70% water, I choose to replenish my water levels and pee out the rest I don't need. I choose to listen to my body.

6ae590a9f80a306e4fa4c78e00fb2bf7

(30)

on February 06, 2011
at 04:53 PM

With respect, where are you coming up with that formula on how much water a person should drink?

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 06, 2011
at 05:32 PM

Thanks for the link, Dexter, but forcing myself to drink that much water..."Surely you can do that"...is not something that I am interested in. I prefer to listen to my body's thirst signals, rather than apply some rule or forumla.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on February 06, 2011
at 06:59 PM

Each to her own. I choose to drink 100oz a day at 160 pounds paleo eater.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on February 06, 2011
at 07:10 PM

Each to her own. I choose to drink 100oz a day at 160 pounds with 9% body fat. I choose to flush any toxins with which I may come in contact. With my body being 65 to 70% water, I choose to replenish my water levels and pee out the rest I don't need.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on February 06, 2011
at 06:57 PM

Each to her own.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on February 07, 2011
at 03:34 AM

Recently some scientists scoured the journals and research papers looking for evidence to support that we need to drink large amounts of water even if we don't feel thirsty. And they could not find any research at all to support this. There is just no evidence that the body is too stupid to make you feel thirsty in a timely fashion.

1
4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on February 06, 2011
at 04:39 PM

My need to sweat went down a little, returned when my effort went up.

Did you lose alot of weight? It could be as simple as no longer excessively insulated.

Alternately it could be a sign of less inflammation, which is a great thing!

0
76533d32ffc6da71f8f6ad549d4de037

on February 23, 2012
at 06:44 PM

Every time I walk out said when the sun is out or it is hot out side in a room or car that is to hot I brake out in hives. I'm not shout what to do can anyone helP

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6ae590a9f80a306e4fa4c78e00fb2bf7

on February 06, 2011
at 04:47 PM

My wife is experiencing the same deal: not sweating as much. Interested to see the replies in this thread.

5f0158c23fcb5636e57b4ce097784da0

(1386)

on February 06, 2011
at 05:22 PM

check for hypothyroidism or iodine deficiency. or simply not enough carbs (down-regulates thyroid production in some people)

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