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?
asked byWakaanai (266)
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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".