How do rapid breathing, flushing and sweating help maintain homeostasis?

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Sierra Mikelonis

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Sierra Mikelonis asked the Naked Scientists:
   
How do rapid breathing, flushing and sweating help maintain homeostasis?

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« Last Edit: 05/12/2010 16:30:02 by _system »

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SteveFish

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Rapid breathing is required to keep blood O2 levels constant when metabolism is high. Blushing is due to the opening of surface capillaries which, like sweating, cool the body to maintain proper temperature. In addition to environmental influences, temperature can be elevated during periods of high metabolism.