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What do we lose in sweat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 08, 2013 at 6:28 PM

I usually try to do the sauna about 15-20 mins per day, and I seem to sweat way more than the average person there, which began when I started drinking more water and eating more hydrating fruit (oranges etc).

The last few days though, talking to people led me to be there for an hour one day, and then 40 mins the next, and then an hour the next. I must have sweat an absolutely ridiculous amount. I've tried compensating by drinking a ton of water, coconut water, etc.

Is there anything I should be worried about? Any reason why this sort of overuse of the sauna could lead to anything dangerous?

And more generally, am I replacing everything I'm losing through sweat with water, coconut water, and oranges at the gym and between meals, and standard paleo during meals?

Thanks.

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on March 09, 2013
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15-20 mins a day, you mean? That seems pretty normal in places where sauna culture is big (Finland, Japan, etc). I do it that often because I feel the effects pretty much instantly, and they last only for the day (body odor is better, thinking is clearer, etc), and also because the more I do it the faster certain other things improve (acne, etc). I haven't felt any bad effects from doing it that often, though I do start to feel some bad effects when I start getting crazy, like what this thread is about, but that wasn't for health--I just got caught in some good discussion

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on March 09, 2013
at 02:48 AM

15-20 mins a day, you mean? That seems pretty normal in places where sauna culture is big (Finland, Japan, etc). I do it that often because I feel the effects pretty much instantly, and they last only for the day (body odor is better, thinking is clearer, etc), and also because the more I do it the faster certain other things improve (acne, etc). I haven't felt any bad effects from doing it that often, though I do start to feel so bad effects when I start getting crazy, like what this thread is about, but that wasn't for health--I just got caught in some good discussions

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on March 08, 2013
at 08:58 PM

Why do you use a sauna so often? It seems excessive. Regarding the consumption of water, that has dangers too: "Waterlogged: The Serious Problem of Overhydration in Endurance Sports", Tim Noakes.

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on March 08, 2013
at 08:12 PM

Coconut water has pretty much all of what you are losing except you'd probably want additional salt and iodide.

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on March 08, 2013
at 07:58 PM

If you're sweating a lot you should be aware of what's happening to your electrolytes, in particular the sodium-potassium balance. Generally speaking, you need salt and not just water.

It's possible to kill yourself (that actually happens) by sweating a great deal and drinking only water -- you sweat out all your sodium and you die. That's why Gatorade was invented and that's why before that people in hot climates knew they had to eat salty things and not just drink pure water.

Google up "electrolyte replenishment".

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on March 08, 2013
at 07:36 PM

Judging from how my body reacts and blood panels: sodium, magnesium and potassium.

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