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Salt and Potassium: How They Relate to Exercise and Sweating
Your body sweats to regulate its temperature. You sweat when the body is warm and needs to
cool off. You sweat everyday and in all kinds of weather. You even sweat sitting still.
When you sweat you lose salt (sodium). How do you know when to replace that salt? If there is no
visible sign of perspiration, adding salt is not necessary. However, if you are exercising, sitting in
a sauna, or performing even moderate physical activity, you will need to supplement your diet with
salt, and drink water.
For every minute you sweat you need to drink approximately one-half ounce of water. For every
16 ounces of water you drink, you need 500 milligrams of salt (1000 milligrams per liter). This is
in addition to the eight glasses of water a day you should already be drinking.
Potassium is used to help regulate salt. If you don’t have enough salt, the body must discard
potassium to prevent an imbalance. This occurs through urination. If you have too much salt, the
body combines potassium with salt and eliminates it through the urine. Since either way
potassium is lost through urine, the general rule is you need approximately 100 milligrams of
potassium for every time you urinate in a day. You should take your potassium whether or not you
How Much and When?
So, how do you know how much to take when? Simple. Follow this formula: (S)weat = (S)alt and
(P)ee = (P)otassium. Take salt when you sweat (and drink water). Take potassium when you
pee (urinate). So, if you have been sweating for one hour, you should drink about 32 ounces of
water and take roughly 1000 milligrams of salt (2 salt tablets) . . . and don’t forget your potassium.
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