Sweating It Out

If one of your resolutions this year was to put a little more sweat into your workouts, you may soon be getting back more than you ever imagined. A recent study is looking at the results of a device that can be used to track your health by monitoring your sweat.

From Time Magazine:

“A team of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University developed and tested a sensor that can continuously track skin temperature and four important health markers—sodium, potassium, glucose and lactate—all through sweat. Levels of sodium and potassium, both of which are electrolytes, can signal if you’re dehydrated, and lactate can tell if your muscles are fatigued.”

According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, “The new device is flexible enough to move with the body and has Bluetooth capabilities so it can send information in real time to a smartphone.”

Below is a picture of the sweat tracking device from the journal Nature, where the study was published.

sweat

Ali Javey, who helped to develop the device, is quoted in the Nature article as saying, “The idea is to have this thumbs-up or thumbs-down device that will give real-time information: it could provide an alarm that you need to take some medication, or that you’re getting dehydrated and need to drink some water.”

The researchers have filed a patent on their work, but they are not currently working with anyone to turn the device into a commercial product. So, there’s no telling when the “sweat tracker” might be available for you to use in your workouts!

Let us know what you think of this new device. After all, we believe innovation is a great step on the road to our goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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