You may be surprised to know that your sweat holds a lot of information and it can reveal a lot about your fitness level and mood than you might think.
You Need More Sodium
Salty sweat is your body’s way of requesting for more sodium. If your sweat stings your eyes, burns in an open cut, leaves a gritty feeling on your skin, or produces white streaks on your face or clothes, it could be your cue to increase your sodium intake.
Add salt to foods such as eggs, vegetables, or meats, and drink a sports drink rather than plain water when you exercise.
You’re Applying Antiperspirant at The Wrong Time
Antiperspirants are most effective when applied to very dry skin. If you apply them in the morning right before you head out, or right after you get out of the shower, you’ll likely already be sweating or have wet underarms.
If the skin’s surface is wet, the chemical reaction that forms from the aluminum (in the antiperspirant) will happen on the surface of the skin instead of in the pores, preventing the sweat glands from getting blocked.
Even if you’re a morning shower taker, use antiperspirant at night before bed. When you apply to totally dry skin, the product can last for a few days. After a shower, apply a deodorant for fragrance and you’ll be good to go.
An experiment conducted by the U.S. military suggests that people can literally smell fear. For the study, researchers collected sweat samples from 20 novice skydivers before and during their first tandem jump, and then again as they ran on a treadmill for a similar duration of time.
Volunteers in brain scanners were asked to take a whiff of each sample. The brain regions associated with fear were more active when the volunteers sniffed the skydiving sample than the treadmill sample.
You’re Getting Over An illness
Do you think your friend smells a little off? They might just be sick. One Psychological Science study found that healthy people are able to detect the amped-up immune system of someone fighting an infection.
The results suggest that smell is an important warning signal against contagious illnesses.
Intense sweating that is unusual during pregnancy is a common complaint from expectant mothers. It’s a result of an increase in hormones, blood flow, and metabolism. Night sweats tend to occur in the first trimester of pregnancy. Hot flashes also occur during menopause as a result of similar hormonal imbalances.