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With a Sweat Lab qualified Sports Dietitian, Sunshine Coast Dietetics is available to provide you with a sweat testing service. Your sweat test information can then be used to determine a personalised hydration and electrolyte strategy for your sport, exercise or recreational pursuit. Read on to learn more about sweat testing!
Sweat Testing: Why?
We all sweat different amounts and with different electrolyte (sodium) concentrations. While you may have an idea that you are a heavy sweater (e.g. you always come back drenched from a one hour run or exercise session) assessing your individual sweat profile can help to personalise advice on hydration and electrolyte replacement.
It is widely acknowledged that a decrease in body weight due to fluid loss (usually ~2%, though individual differences exist) may result in a decrease in performance. While we never expect to maintain a stable weight, we can manage dehydration if we understand your individual sweat rate under different conditions (temperature, exercise intensity etc.). Though this is only part of the story.
By analysing the electrolyte concentration (sodium) of your sweat during exercise, we can get a better idea of your electrolyte requirements. The idea of determining a salty sweater by the salt stains on their exercise gear is not a valid method for accessing electrolyte losses. Salt stains are exacerbated by evaporation and will be more apparent on darker clothing. By using sweat patches we can obtain samples of your sweat and send them off to The Sweat Lab for analysis. Giving a scientifically valid indication of your electrolyte losses.
Sweat analysis isn’t just for elite athletes, it can be used for anyone who is active and wants to know more about their sweat. From recreational athletes to gym goers, health nuts, adventure athletes, workplaces, emergency services and anyone who enjoys outdoor recreation. With a Sweat Lab qualified Sports Dietitian, Sunshine Coast Dietetics is available to provide you with a sweat testing service. Your sweat test information can then be used to determine a personalised hydration and electrolyte strategy for your sport, exercise or recreational pursuit. For more information please don’t hesitate to contact us. Mention this post for a discount on a followup consultation.
Peter Herzig (AccSD, APD)