Is It Possible to Increase the Amount We Sweat

Because sweating is such an important means of removing heat, distance runners and other endurance athletes become "better sweaters." This

Figure 7.3 Typical volumes of water intake and loss on a daily basis for a man who does not exercise and is not exposed to a hot environment.

means that their sweat glands and tubes have adapted during the athlete's training to produce larger volumes of sweat but containing less sodium and chloride. This helps keep them from overheating but at the same time it keeps them from losing excessive amounts of the key electrolytes in sweat. A well trained endurance athlete may sweat 2 to 3 liters per hour of exercise. That's more than 8 to 12 cups.

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