Salty Sweat Problem

If you’ve been lucky enough to catch me after a work out you will know I look far from a high, dry and fly girl. More like a soaking not so fly girl panting to get my breath back. Comments such as “woah”, “wtf Kim”, “shieeet you are sweating!” and “is it raining outside?” are common for me after a workout or after cycling into work.

What better way to see London than on a Tuesday run with @rdcbridgethegap. We took our friend @tiffwc_ from NYC down to Run Dem Crew to remix the way tourists do it in LDN! Nothing better! #rundemcrew #foodandlycra

I’m on the far right… OK so I don’t look that sweaty there but you have to trust me on this one!

Research apparently says that the more you sweat the more your body is adapting to react to your work outs. Basically your body is working damn hard trying to cool down.

Calories break down into energy, but they also break down into heat. So the more calories you burn the hotter you’ll get, and the more sweat you will produce. Makes sense to me but don’t quote me on it, I like it because it justifies the amount I sweat!

So now that I’ve got over how much I sweat I have come across a different issue the summer just gone: SALTY SWEAT! Why is the sweat on my face drying up into salt crystals? Why are my friends pointing and laughing at the salt marks on my face? WHY can I not open my eyes because the sweat is stinging them so badly?!

I researched it and I do indeed have a salty sweat problem. This is caused by too much sodium being released by my body through my sweat which is actually partly due to my low intake of sodium. I’m not a big fan of salty foods so it explains my lack of sodium.

But on a serious note, salty sweat can actually be quite dangerous. Electrolytes are what our body needs to function. Sodium and Potassium are some of the major electrolytes our bodies need. More research is being produced to show that salty sweaters are at a greater risk of dehydrating and having muscle cramps. And, apparently us salty sweaters sweat a whole lot more than normal sweaters too!

I searched for answers and a lot of people pointed me in the direction of Nuun. Nuun is a sugar and carb free tablet filled with electrolytes which you pop into your drink to keep your electrolyte levels right during and after training. Just what I need for my long training runs in the lead up to London Marathon.

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What I love about Nuun is that it’s not filled with sugars like your traditional sports drink, leaving me to decide where I get my sugar and carb intake from, and adding more flexibility into my nutrition routine (although at the moment it is routinely chocolate).

They also come in nice flavours like Strawberry Lemonade and Tri-Berry. My current fave is Strawberry Lemonade.

As well as topping up on electrolytes I’m making a concious effort to eat saltier nutritious foods too.

Anyone else have a salty sweat problem? What are you doing about it?

We would love to hear your thoughts! Go on mate, Leave us a comment <3

6 Comments

  • Marie says:

    I have exactly the same problem! After running, it is like I stepped out of the shower with my own running clothes! You get the picture how much I sweat when I am running or not!
    I try to drink a lot of water and a isotonic drink after my workout!
    But one of my big problem is that I am sweating so much that my sweat bothers me while I am running! Sometimes I have to stop because I can see anymore! I am not a big fan of wearing something on my head to stop the sweat running down on my face but I am thing about a wrist bracelet like the tennis players. Have you used one before? Or any suggestions?
    Thanks a lot!

    • Kim Ngo says:

      I haven’t tried using a sweatband/headband yet but I guess I see what the point in them are now! I’m going to have to resort to one soon for sure because this stinging eye problem is not cool. Will let you know if I find a good one!

  • Chi-Chi says:

    I’m a sweaty betty as well; regardless of the weather! even when it is freezing cold……i’d be inclined to follow your train of thought!

    I often have a bottle of water or coconut water with me during workouts/runs; thanks for highlighting a potential workout hazard. I think I will be a bit more aware of my sweat over the next few workouts

    http://www.thatgoodgirlchi.blogspot.co.uk

    • Kim Ngo says:

      No problem! I had no idea before so I thought a lot of people wouldn’t know the potential hazards either. Coconut water is a great source of electrolytes- love a bit of VitaCoCo

  • Selfie King says:

    Interesting post. Always wanted a carb nil electrolyte drink.

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