Your sweat is a valuable indicator of your health. It's time to take a closer look at it.
A sweat test gives you a way to know if your sweat is healthy or not. Which pH level is the best pH level for your sweat? Our Sweat Test will help you find out.
The way to test if you've got good sweat or bad sweat going on is simple. All you need to do is place our Sweat Test Litmus Strip gently on the area you find to be most sweaty.
Sweating is a good thing. It allows your body to cool down and adjust its temperature as needed. Because of the excessive use of air conditioners and lack of exercise, modern people tend to sweat less than their counterparts of ancient times. This makes your sweat glands too lazy to produce good sweat.
Eccrine glands are all over the body, just below the skin's surface. There are over 2-4 million glands underneath your skin and they produce sweat when you are hot after exercising or eating spicy foods, for example. Sweat is often found in the areas underneath the armpits, the pubic area, navel, chest, and even on the inside of ears. Sweat from eccrine glands, composed of proteins, fats, sugars, ammonia, iron, etc., rarely gives off any odor because it is water based.
Apocrine glands are different than eccrine though. These glands are often found along hair follicles and therefore can be found in the pubic regions. A large majority, up to 90%, of the sweat from apocrine glands is often broken down by bacteria the lives on the skin. Because it is mixed with sebum from the hair follicle, apocrine sweat is cloudy and initially odorless. It is during the bacteria breakdown that results in and causes the body odor we're all too familar with.
It is the secretion of sweat onto your skin's surface that helps regulate body temperature. As we age, our eccrine glands can deteroiate so if we're seeing sweat occuring in more specific areas such as the face, back, or feet, it could signal what we call "bad sweat". When our body temperature increases, sweat glands begin to emit water and minerals to try and bring our temperature back down. But necessary nutrients (minerals) need to be reabsorbed. When the glands fail to reabsorb necessary nutrients, the bad sweat occurs. This bad sweat is not smooth, which means it does not evaporate easily which leaves it available to those bacteria on the skin that like to breakdown sweat.
After you have followed the directions for testing your sweat. Compare the results to the color chart provided. Neutral pH is at 7 (light green). Your skin's goal is to have a weakly acidic pH level meaning it should be within the range indicated by the dashed-white box which is a pH range of 5.5-6.
You can also compare the results to common household foods such as water, coffee, bananas, tomatoes, and milk.
Question: Is it okay to test any kind of sweat?
Answer: Yes, you can do it after a workout (ideally) or after walking under the sun for an extended period of time.
Question: Does the amount of sweat matter for testing?
Answer: Yes, the more sweat you can test, the more accurate the results.
Question: What's the best place to test my sweat, for example, my forehead or armpits?
Answer: The best place to test is from your sweat in the under arm area.
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If there is too little sweat available to test, the result will not be accurate. This is not meant to be used for medical analysis.