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Hack my thermoregulation!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 26, 2012 at 12:39 AM

I overheat very quickly upon exertion--hiking at 7,000 feet on a cool day or much worse, dancing in a 70 degree dance studio on a warm evening in Santa Fe. About 5 min into a hike I am stripping off, when my husband isn't even breaking a sweat.

I've had this problem all my adult life and have never figured it out. When at rest, I tend to be cooler than my fit husband, so I don't run hot all the time--just when I exercise. It was still a problem when I was a super-fit personal trainer about 10 years ago.

I'm about 22-24% body fat now and have been close to that all my adult life--maybe as low as 18% at my fittest.

I had this problem when I was a vegetarian, eating WAP-style and am now 18 months into Primal. No difference.

Thoughts?

B9a579a02921868db5098bfa99f8221c

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on April 28, 2012
at 07:01 AM

yeah, that's no fun. curious to see if anyone can cast enlightenment all over this

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on April 27, 2012
at 01:24 PM

And now you've got me wondering if I don't sweat *early* enough to cool down....hmmmm....

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on April 27, 2012
at 01:22 PM

It's not the sweating that's a problem. I feel really over-heated & need to slow down my activity level, which is no fun.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on April 27, 2012
at 01:21 PM

Yeah, part Spanish. And you have reminded me--I may need to up my water intake & see if that helps. I don't remember there being any difference when I was super-hydrated back in my chronic cardio days, but it's certainly worth trying.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on April 27, 2012
at 01:17 PM

Yup. I am thinking maybe hormonal. It hasn't changed even moving from the sea level in the Pac NW to 7,000 feet high desert.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on April 26, 2012
at 01:26 PM

Good questions! I sweat plenty--more than many, due to my Mediterranean blood (Some Spanish mixed in with the English, Irish & Welsh.) I also eat plenty. I will check with my family, but no one has ever complained of this to me.

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on April 26, 2012
at 03:42 AM

Youe question is slightly confusing to me. Here is why: I dated a girl who didn't sweat at all even during vigorous exercise, and she would overheat all the time. This is b/c sweating is our body's natural cooling mechanism. So, are you just getting very sweaty quickly, or are you not sweating and overheating and having to strip down? I hope this makes sense.

If it is the latter and you are not sweating, could be genetic, or it could be that you're not eating enough calories and your body has down regulated its metabolism. However, it doesn't sound like your practicing the latter to me. So, are your parents or siblings like this?

Could be a salt/electrolyte thing too, as sodium levels influence perspiration to some extent as well.

It is a very interesting question though and I hope some experienced hacker comes along with a good answer.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on April 26, 2012
at 01:26 PM

Good questions! I sweat plenty--more than many, due to my Mediterranean blood (Some Spanish mixed in with the English, Irish & Welsh.) I also eat plenty. I will check with my family, but no one has ever complained of this to me.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on April 27, 2012
at 01:24 PM

And now you've got me wondering if I don't sweat *early* enough to cool down....hmmmm....

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on April 26, 2012
at 03:36 AM

I'd be interested to here the responses to this, my mom is always really overheated even with a little bit of exertion like cleaning or walking briskly, and she's really fit. I did hear in a podcast that while women tend to take longer to get sweating so aren't quite as good at cooling down (quicker to overheat), but that regularly exercising can actually improve your thermoregulation so you are better at cooling down, which doesn't seem to make sense in my mom's context or yours. I wonder if anyone has a way to relate this to hormones as well, because my mom swears she runs "twice as hot" after her pregnancies. I always ere on the cool side, and get "average hot" I would say when exercising. It doesn't really seem like "some people just run hotter/colder" is a good explanation, unless there are some genetics behind it. Sounds more environmental/hormonal, you know?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on April 27, 2012
at 01:17 PM

Yup. I am thinking maybe hormonal. It hasn't changed even moving from the sea level in the Pac NW to 7,000 feet high desert.

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C116f7e54620c6003b67cd4450a298cd

on April 26, 2012
at 02:33 AM

Do you have some Latin blood in you? I'm half Spainish with some Mexican blood and I'm the sweatiest beast I know. When I'm working out that is! At half time for my soccer games I change my socks and shirt. Otherwise I'm typically a cool operator.

I wouldn't fret too much unless you start to get dehydrated.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on April 27, 2012
at 01:21 PM

Yeah, part Spanish. And you have reminded me--I may need to up my water intake & see if that helps. I don't remember there being any difference when I was super-hydrated back in my chronic cardio days, but it's certainly worth trying.

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B9a579a02921868db5098bfa99f8221c

on April 27, 2012
at 06:43 AM

I sweat a whole lot when walking up a slight hill, a slightly warm day, eating chilli, and sweat buckets when exercising.

I never feel like i am overheating though, just feel like i am sweating. it doesn't really bother me too much, i just roll up sleaves, undo buttons, shirt off, catch a breaze and i can cool down pretty quick.

I used to sweat when nervous and under stress, but this has drastically reduced since going paleo 2yrs ago.

I just think it is part of the many variations in how our bodies work. some people sweat more, others less. big woop, wanna fight about it?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on April 27, 2012
at 01:22 PM

It's not the sweating that's a problem. I feel really over-heated & need to slow down my activity level, which is no fun.

B9a579a02921868db5098bfa99f8221c

(748)

on April 28, 2012
at 07:01 AM

yeah, that's no fun. curious to see if anyone can cast enlightenment all over this

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