It’s Summer Time


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It’s summer here in the United States and in case you didn’t know it just turn on your Facebook and/or Twitter feed and see all the people bitching and moaning that it is 98* and they were sweating while they were working out.  As a matter of fact take a screen shot of it because in about 5 months those same people will be bitching and moaning that it is cold out and they have to wear 4 tops and their boogers were frozen.

Anyway, that is not the point of this post but thank you for letting me get that off my chest.  Today I wanted to write about the importance of electrolytes and how we need to be sure to stay hydrated all day and then especially during working out.  I was going to refer back to the post on March 22, 2011 that you can find [HERE] and  give you information about why electrolytes are important to our bodies during training, but you can just click that link.

Instead I am going to discuss how today while I was climbing hills I tasted my sweat for the first time in what seems like forever.  I was cruising down a hill and a drop of sweat landed on my lip so I licked it and I tasted salt.  I thought that it was weird because ever since I wrote a post titled The Taste Of Sweat I hadn’t actually been tasting my sweat.  This was an odd phenomenon for me.  I was so distracted by this that I kept licking my lip to make sure that it was actually sweat that I was tasting.

I immediately thought that I was not taking in enough sodium and so I began to slug down the mixture of Herbalife24 Prolong and Prepare I had on my bike.  At first that didn’t do anything but about 20 minutes later my sweat began to taste like nothing again. While I kept tasting that saltiness though I thought about that post but couldn’t remember what it meant. As soon as I got home I dug around and found the post, which was from October, and here is what it showed:

    • Salty: You have been eating a great deal of carbs: breads, pasta and fried foods.
    • Sweet: Lots of sugar in the body which can come from fruits, chocolate, candy, or alcohol.
    • Sour: You’ve had a bit too much dairy and soy products: milk, cheese, or tofu.
    • Vinegar: Too much protein and animal products, which gets turned into ammonia.
    • Thick: When your sweat is thick there is a lot of gluten in the body which comes from breads and pastas.
    • Margaritas: Margaritas…enough said.

Now I have been a vegetable eating fool but have avoided breads, pasta and fried foods like the plague so this shocked me.  That was until I looked back at my calorie tracking from yesterday and noticed I had just gone over the amount of carbohydrates I was ‘allowed’ to have in my diet.  It is interesting how all of this stuff really does tie back to each other.

So while you are out there training in the heat be sure to stay hydrated and get your electrolytes in balance.  Also, don’t forget that the key to being able to workout the next day is proper recovery from that day’s workout.  A 3:1 or 4:1 Carb:Protein drink within 30-45 minutes is key and be sure to follow that up with another carb based meal within 2 hours.  I have been following this formula for a year and am always able to get up the next day and push my body just a bit harder than the day before.

Now back to your Facebook and Twitter rants about how hot it is.

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  1. Interesting. My sweat is always salty, I didn’t know there was another way for it to be (except like Chardonnay).

    You should do one of these about farts. You know – if it smells like eggs you’ve had too many – eggs? Etc.

    Now I’m going to go brag about myself on FB. I have the BEST tasting sweat in Colorado. Everyone thinks so.
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  2. Natasha says:

    I would have to ask my dog how my sweat tastes because she’s obviously very concerned about it, licking me every time I get back from a work out! :-)
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  3. Laura says:

    Hmm….I have never thought about this so I have no idea. It tastes like…sweat?
    I too remember winter very vividly so I refuse to complain. It IS summer after all, let’s enjoy it!
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  4. misszippy says:

    Laughing at Beth. Nice tie in to her post yesterday!

    I am also on the salty side when I sweat. Now you’ve got my wheels turning!
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  5. Jill says:

    I changed my shorts 3x during my treadmill run today….I can’t stand to sweat and then be wet. Us here in humidity-less Colorado, our sweat dries up quickly and rarely do we have to catch it on our tongues and it dries quickly on our clothes. But not on the basement treadmill! Good training for potential hot and humid Chicago I say!
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  6. Chuck says:

    “Sour: You’ve had a bit too much dairy and soy products: milk, cheese, or tofu”

    -Kind of funny since milk is made of whey and casein protein… so it seems like it says “if you eat protein in any form…” (although I know that’s not what it is actually saying!)
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  7. lindsay says:

    my sweat never came out tasting like chocolate / m&m’s though… maybe that’s what clogged my glands and now i can’t sweat properly!! hmmmm….. :)

    also, i am with you on the temperature vent. all these geniuses posting about how hot it is. shocker! it’s summer. it’s hot everywhere. no need to post a picture of your local thermostat thanks.

    this is too late for karen’s race but if she really wanted to dl raise your ‘ade you can go to listentoyoutube dot com, enter the url to the raise your ‘ade video, and essentially download the music track into your itunes (i’ve done it for a few other songs so i think it’s safe). i would just email the file but i haven’t yet figured out how to do that. nor would i know how to get it listed in the istore (for free of course). but if i figure those out i will be sure to let her know ;)
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