The first thing to do is understand what sweat really is. It’s not the fluid you produce when your body heats up; it’s a chemical reaction that occurs in your pores as a result of some kind of stimulus, such as an increase in core temperature or exercise. As part of this chemical reaction, hydrogen ions (H+) and chloride (Cl-) are released into the air. The pH of perspiration has been measured at around 5:4:5 – high acidity on one side and low alkalinity on the other – so any excess H+ or Cl- floating out there can be very corrosive to skin, just like nasty acids from battery acid would be if they were able to get airborne!
So how does this relate to sweating? Well, since sweat itself contains both water and salt (both electrolytes), it follows that increasing sweat will also cause an increase in electrolyte loss through perspiration. And because sweat evaporates quickly once formed, if you’re exercising intensely for a short period then you’ll probably end up with more sweat than normal anyway – after all, why else would anyone go running!? So if we want to prevent excessive sweating during exercise we need something which prevents our body from releasing too much H+/Cl-. Remember those ions I mentioned above? They participate directly in transporting nutrients around inside cells via ion channels embedded throughout cell membranes. In fact these ions are essential for many physiological processes including metabolism and nerve conduction along with maintaining blood