When substantial sweat losses have been incurred, restitution of water balance requires both volume repletion and replacement of electrolyte losses. This can be achieved by ingestion of electrolyte-containing drinks or by ingestion of water and consumption of electrolyte-containing foods. Problems may occur when large sweat losses are replaced with electrolyte-free drinks. Hyponatremia and blood volume expansion ensue and will promote a diuresis that will prevent effective recovery.
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