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Old 08-28-12, 08:08 PM   #1
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Sweat tastes like water

A few weeks ago I changed my diet to eat less food in order to lose weight faster. One of the bigger changes I made was dropping my weekly deli ham allotment from 1.5 pounds a week to 1.0 pounds a week. My sweat has always tasted a bit salty and I figured that was normal. I generally have semi-yearly blood tests and my sodium levels are usually right on, but potassium is always a bit low.

Now, a few weeks later, I've noticed that my sweat has stopped tasting like anything at all; just tasteless like water. Should I be concerned? My heart doesn't feel any different at all, I've noticed no significant changes in average heart rate for similar rides. My next blood test isn't until November, but I'm wondering if I should try getting it moved up...

Anyone know anything about this?
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Old 08-29-12, 09:13 AM   #2
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Obviously I'm not a doctor and I doubt that you could get much useful information from us random people on the internet.

But the one thing that came to my mind is this: taste is subjective. Your sweat could very well be salty, but just less salty than before, and you're unable to taste it.

I would be concerned if you were drinking way way too much water every day, or eating way way too little food.

Anyway, sweat tasting a bit differently doesn't sound like something to be alarmed about, but I also don't want to tell a stranger not to worry about an aspect of their health. If you're really worried, the only thing to do is to see a doctor.
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I don't think anyone in America needs to worry about not getting enough salt intake. Eating a pound of ham a week you should probably be more concerned with the increased cancer risk than low sodium.
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It could be from your body acclimating to heat.
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All I have to say is that if I lick my upper lip, then I taste salt. It has always been this way if I have been sweating.
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A few weeks ago I changed my diet to eat less food in order to lose weight faster. One of the bigger changes I made was dropping my weekly deli ham allotment from 1.5 pounds a week to 1.0 pounds a week. My sweat has always tasted a bit salty and I figured that was normal. I generally have semi-yearly blood tests and my sodium levels are usually right on, but potassium is always a bit low.

Now, a few weeks later, I've noticed that my sweat has stopped tasting like anything at all; just tasteless like water. Should I be concerned? My heart doesn't feel any different at all, I've noticed no significant changes in average heart rate for similar rides. My next blood test isn't until November, but I'm wondering if I should try getting it moved up...

Anyone know anything about this?
Basically it just means you have low electrolyte/mineral/salt levels.Which also means your body will be less efficient at absorbing water and leads to dehydration. Dehydration makes your metabolism less efficient, and impedes fat burning. It also leads to muscle cramps, headaches and dizziness. without sufficient sodium and potassium your body can't maintain your blood pressure, thus dizziness. So If you want to do a lot of cardio or you do cardio in hot environments make sure to replenish your electrolytes during the training, perhaps with electrolyte enhanced water, or I really recommend coconut water especially considering you have problems with potassium.
A common misconception in America is that it's good to get as little sodium as possible. That only sometimes warrants true because the average american diet consists of high sodium foods at every meal and even when cutting back on them you'll still, SOMETIMES, get the daily amount your body needs. That doesn't change the fact that sodium is a NECESSARY nutrient and an important electrolyte obviously. Table salt or special salts are bad for making sure you get your daily sodium levels because they are processed and usually have artificial anti caking agents mixed in that your body won't recognize. It's better to use sea salt or rock salt, as they are a mix of sodium-chloride potassium-chloride and iodine-chloride salts to name but a few and your body needs them all. Also, if you're doing very intensive training you should invest in a mineral complex geared towards replenishing the lost minerals, Magnesium is a big one, I recommend going to Trader Joe's for a fair price on good supplements.
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Basically it just means you have low electrolyte/mineral/salt levels.
There is no way to accurately measure a person's salt levels based only on a few lines they write on the internet. OP, you salt could be low but your subjective tastes might also just not be detecting the salt. It's good to be aware of electrolyte intake but I wouldn't suddently up you salt intake based on what some internet people are telling you.
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A few weeks ago I changed my diet to eat less food in order to lose weight faster. One of the bigger changes I made was dropping my weekly deli ham allotment from 1.5 pounds a week to 1.0 pounds a week. My sweat has always tasted a bit salty and I figured that was normal. I generally have semi-yearly blood tests and my sodium levels are usually right on, but potassium is always a bit low.

Now, a few weeks later, I've noticed that my sweat has stopped tasting like anything at all; just tasteless like water. Should I be concerned? My heart doesn't feel any different at all, I've noticed no significant changes in average heart rate for similar rides. My next blood test isn't until November, but I'm wondering if I should try getting it moved up...

Anyone know anything about this?
Here's my $.02.

Ham is cured with sodium nitrite so eating less ham should not make a huge difference in your body's potassium levels.
Low Potassium levels can be caused by excessive urination as the result of diuretics like caffeine.
High sodium levels from eating cured meats will raise blood pressure. This is where you will see the effects of lowering your sodium intake not so much the heart rate.
Eat a banana if your sodium level is low.
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