Sweat It Out
Sweating helps to regulate temperature, cool the body during stress, and remove waste products from the body. Our sweat glands release a mixture of water, salt, amino acids, proteins, and other substances.
Sweating, although not always appreciated, can help to promote healthier skin, decrease stress hormones, boost sexual drive, reduce menopause symptoms, protect the heart, and create better brain health.
Dehydration in adults
Dehydration is a condition that occurs when the loss of body fluids, mostly water, exceeds the amount that is taken in. With dehydration, more water is moving out of our cells and bodies than what we take in through drinking.
We lose water every day in the form of water vapor in the breath we exhale and in our excreted sweat, urine, and stool. Along with the water, small amounts of salts are also lost. Hot, sunny weather can cause more sweating and increase the risk of dehydration. Very dry hot weather may disguise how much you’re sweating because of rapid evaporation.
The best way to prevent dehydration? Drink water frequently and regularly, especially before, during, and after any sweat sessions.
The signs and symptoms of dehydration range from minor to severe and include:
Dry mouth and swollen tongue
Palpitations (feeling that the heart is jumping or pounding)
Inability to sweat
Decreased urine output
Urine color may indicate dehydration. If urine is concentrated and deeply yellow or amber, you may be dehydrated.
When to seek medical care
Call your doctor if the dehydrated person experiences any of the following:
Increased or constant vomiting for more than a day
Fever over 101°F
Diarrhea for more than 2 days
Decreased urine production
Take the person to an emergency department if these situations occur:
Fever higher than 103°F
Chest or abdominal pains
No urine in the last 12 hours