Heat wave: what can be done to prevent excessive sweating
The high temperatures of the past few days made many sweat more than usual. Excessive sweating is not necessarily due to heat. Some people generally tend to produce more sweat. A few simple tips can help against excessive sweating and unpleasant smells of sweat.
A very natural process
Sweating is a natural process that performs various functions. Excess heat is released during sweating and the temperature is regulated. Sweat also has a signaling effect through the sense of smell. For example, an international team of researchers found in a study that the smell of sweat due to certain chemical substances can make other people happy. But most people would rather share the opinion that sweat smells unpleasant.
Different causes of sweating
Most of the human sweat glands are located on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and in the armpits, which explains why many people complain of sweaty feet or wet hands.
We also start to sweat in times of stress, nervousness, stage fright or fear.
In addition, hormonal factors, eating habits or diseases affect sweating.
For example, diabetes, heart problems, thyroid disorders such as hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism are among the most common causes of excessive sweating.
Sweating at night can be an early symptom of some tumors, among other things. Night sweats mainly occur with lymph gland cancer and leukemia.
Being overweight is also a common reason for heavy sweating.
Airy clothes and open sandals
Human sweat is 99 percent water. There are also mineral salts, urea, fatty acids and glucose. Fresh sweat is odorless. The unpleasant body odor only arises when sweat is broken down by bacteria on the skin.
If no disease is causing excessive sweating, there are a few things you can do to get rid of the annoying mess. For example, losing weight can help those who are overweight to sweat less.
Light and airy clothing should be worn, especially in the heat. This prevents heat build-up and ensures that the body cools down faster.
If you suffer from sweaty feet in summer, you should ensure good ventilation, hygiene and the right footwear.
Anyone who runs completely barefoot in the summer months has the least problems. Open shoes such as sandals also offer significant advantages due to the good ventilation.
Sweat formation can also be reduced with the help of deodorants. The bacterial growth is limited by the contained antibacterial substances, so that the undesirable smell is minimized.
Experts recommend always applying deodorants to clean skin. However, some experts also advise against the use of such aids, since deodorant users can sweat significantly more on other parts of the body.
As an alternative, essential oils can be used. Tea tree oil, for example, can stop unpleasant sweat odors because it is antiseptic and antiviral.
Proper nutrition is important
The problem can also be addressed through proper nutrition. According to experts, odor-promoting foods such as onions or garlic should be avoided.
You should also avoid coffee, alcohol, nicotine, spicy and difficult to digest foods.
Relaxation exercises for stress relief such as yoga or progressive muscle relaxation are recommended.
Sage tea helps reduce sweat production from the inside. Sage has an antiperspirant effect and narrows the sweat glands.
Wheatgrass is also considered a natural sweat stopper. This flushes out acids and toxins from the body that cause excessive sweating.
This detoxifies the body, reduces unpleasant body odors and reduces excessive sweating.
Apple cider vinegar is also recommended. It brings the pH of the skin and the body back into balance and fights bacteria that cause sweat odors.
However, you cannot completely prevent sweating. The basic principle is to treat unpleasant body odor with adequate hygiene and not simply to cover it with fragrances. (ad)