Exercise, particularly in a warm environment, and diarrheal illness are two situations which will increase the requirement for salt to substantially greater levels. Sweating, therefore, is an important consideration in the area of water and electrolyte balance as this is the one route where there can be extensive losses of water and electrolytes from the body in a healthy individual. If these losses are not replaced, serious consequences can ensue.
Eccrine sweat is a clear, watery, odourless substance whose primary function is to promote heat loss by evaporation from the skin surface. When sweat is produced, the daily water losses increase and the intake must be increased or urine production decreased accordingly if euhydration is to be maintained.
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