Does sweat have any nutritional value?



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    I don’t think there is any nutritional value in sweat, because it contains mainly water. Hwoever, it also contains minerals, as well as lactate and urea. Mineral composition will vary with the individual, the acclimatisation to heat, exercise and sweating, the particular stress source (exercise, sauna, etc.), the duration of sweating, and the composition of minerals in the body. An indication of the minerals content is: sodium 0.9 gram/liter, potassium 0.2 gram/liter, calcium 0.015 gram/liter, magnesium 0.0013 gram/liter. Also many other trace elements are excreted in sweat, again an indication of their concentration is (although measurements can vary fifteenfold): zinc (0.4 mg/l), copper  (0.3 – 0.8 mg/l), iron (1 mg/l), chromium  (0.1 mg/l), nickel (0.05 mg/l), lead (0.05 mg/l).[8][9]  Probably many other less abundant trace minerals will leave the body through sweating with correspondingly lower concentrations. In humans sweat is hypoosmotic relative to plasma.

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