Normally my sweat tastes salty. But in hot weather it often gets bland. I notice that when that happens I don't seem to retain water: I'll drink to the point that my urine is frequent and clear, but I'll still be thirsty. And my perspiration rate will go up noticeably: I'll be dripping with sweat when I'm just a little hot, where in the same conditions with salty sweat my perspiration rate will be more measured.
I have long resorted to basically using the absence of salty sweat as a sign to supplement my salt intake, either by over-salting my food, eating salty snacks, or taking electrolyte pills.
I don't have a low-salt diet, and I don't work or exercise outside to the degree that many people do. I'm in good shape and no blood or urine analysis has ever uncovered anything abnormal.
But I remember some time ago hearing that salt supplements were considered obsolete. And nobody I know with more aggressive exercise routines supplements their salt intake. In fact they all think the idea sounds ridiculous.
So am I misreading the signs of electrolyte imbalance? Or am I responding incorrectly? Could I have an above-average electrolyte "metabolism" or demand?