Did you know that swimmers sweat?

Even though you are in water, your body produces sweat as a natural response to keep your body cool while you are exercising.

Obviously if you are training in a heated pool, you will produce more sweat than if you are swimming in the cooler waters of an ocean. The amount of sweat you generate depends on a number of factors, including:

  • The temperature of the water.
  • The intensity of the training.
  • Your level of fitness and body condition.

Why would you care?

If you are doing serious swimming training and competition (including triathletes), playing water-based sports like water polo or surfing for long sessions, it is well known amongst elite athletes that you need to ensure that you replenish fluids and electrolytes. But you may not be aware, that you are also losing copious amounts of high-demand amino acids as well.

These amino acids are used in multiple processes in the body as well as the production of protein, hence the term “high-demand”.  Our research has made possible links to their involvement in hydration processes to conserve the electrolyte balance. Some of these amino acids are also very important for maintaining skin moisture and are present on the skin surface as part of the natural moisturising factors produced by the body.

To give you some insight into sweat losses from swimming, here are some statistics published in scientific journals:

For context, runners on average generate around 1,500mL per hour.

  • Study 1 found that swimmers on average generated around 900 mL per hour.
  • Study 2 found that swimmers on average generated 300 mL per hour.
  • Study 3 found that
    • Male swimmers lost around 140 mL per Km
    • Female swimmers lost 110 mL per Km
    • Male water polo players lost around
      • 290 mL per hour during training
      • 790 ml per hour during matches

To give you further insight into understanding the roles of amino acids in hydration, exercise and recovery, you might want to look at our blogs:


Exercise and recovery

InnovAAte Products

OptimAAte® and ElectrAAte® are the next generation amino acid supplements designed to replenish what is lost most during the day from general exertion. These losses are amplified during exercise and life in a hot climate, and can also be exacerbated during bouts of infection.

Daily amino acid supplementation with OptimAAte® can supply the key amino acids that are in greatest demand during the day to support active lifestyles.

  • Usage of OptimAAte® as directed may assist in the development of muscle mass and the product is useful before, during, or after sustained strenuous exercise.
  • Daily supplementation of amino acids has been shown to help reduce fatigue.

The ElectrAAte® has been designed to provide the high-demand amino acids, plus the electrolytes, that can be lost through sweat and urine.

Both OptimAAte® and ElectrAAte® do not contain any sugar or caffeine and are vegan friendly.

  • OptimAAte® can be mixed with water in your drink bottle or cup.
  • ElectrAAte® can be mixed in the drink bottle or cup and has a light lemon flavouring.

See our blog on exercise and recovery

See more about the differences between OptimAAte® and ElectrAAte® here.

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