Most of us find ourselves drenched in sweat after a good run. Some runners though, start to feel their sweat hurt their eyes, burn an open wound and sometimes even find white streaks on their faces, arms, legs and body which are called “cake sweat”. Basically what this means is that you are sweating salt and it is showing on your skin. This tends to happen to those who consume more water than salt in their diets.

Should this be of any concern you may ask? Absolutely not. However, the best way to counter this syndrome is to be generous with the amount of salt you intake. Not too much until you feel sick and cause your health any harm but enough to make your food taste better and keep the salt crystals forming on your skin after exercising at bay. Instead of water, you can also turn to energy drinks before, during and after your runs to keep your salt levels healthy.

And if you are wondering if consuming more salt will lead to a higher calorie intake, you cannot be more wrong. Salt does not contain calories, even though an overdose can not only kill your tastebuds but also your health in the long run. You don’t have to literally consume salt in its grainy form too. As much as you can add that to your food and even drinks, you can also get your salt intake from tomato juice, pickles and even chicken bouillon.

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Photo Credit: Rebalance Life

It definitely does not make sense for runners to be consuming hot bowls of chicken soup while on a run so the next best alternative is isotonic drinks. These drinks contain enough salt to keep the body going while it releases the ones inside our body. After awhile, you will find that your sweat isn’t as salty and that you don’t feel the sting that comes from salt on the skin any longer.

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Salt crystals on the skin as a result of sweating can also cause skin irritations in those who have sensitive skin. This is probably also a good reason for runners to pour water onto their skin after running to get rid of the excess salt and sweat and of course, feel fresh.

So go a little crazy on the salt and give your tastebuds a reward! Make sure you continue running to keep your salt levels in check though.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Okay people think about it back in biology you was taught that your body naturally gives off sweat is salty it is salt going through your body that’s how you get rid of salt from your body you do you sweat or your urine it’s always salty now Crystal ice math or whatever you want to call it is very salty that you could taste it so the salt crystals and that are bigger than the salt crystals that you naturally give off in your body so once they stop pushing through your pores it clogs them once you pores get clogged they start to itch they start to irritate so you pick them so when you pick them that creates the little red spot that you get on your arm so or your leg just whatever maybe so all that is I believe is just the bigger salt crystals from the drug being pushed out of your body which you naturally do it anyway so that’s my opinion and if anybody agrees with me shoot me shoot me a yay

  2. Well thank God. An answer that is not telling me I have bed bugs. Makes perfect sense now. Thank you for the answer I needed to know just what this is.

  3. “This tends to happen to those who consume more water than salt in their diets.”

    Why is this so? It seems counter-intuitive. 😐

    I would imagine that this would happen when you have* too much* salt and not enough H2O in the diet.

    Please clarify WHY this is the case, author. Thanks! 🙂

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