Physiological and Psychological Effects on Sweat Response to Water Intake Under Environmental Stress
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Kuno observed that an increase in sweating due to water intake was a phenomenon appearing only in some individuals after a prolonged heavy sweating with no or little water intake. It was hypothesized that under the aforementioned conditions the alimentary canal became dry and inhibited the sweat center reflexively. Water intake then restored conditions and removed inhibitions. Kuno's observations have provoked a purpose for this investigation; that being to gain an understanding of the sweat mechanism as a normal physiological response to water intake. The investigation first concerned itself with establishing a suitable method and procedure for measuring sweat rate as a function of water intake. The investigation was not concerned with "whole body" electrolyte secretions as previous studies had been. Therefore, great caution was taken in choosing a portion of the body that would produce substantial amounts of sweat.