Our bodies are sweating out all the time except in winters when it is too chill. When you ask how to prevent sweating you should be targeting at how to prevent excessive sweating.
Sweating is a natural biological process that happens for a reason. Let’s look into the lesser known but significant facts about sweating.
- The sweating mechanism is unique to the human body.
- At the time of birth we are blessed with about 3- 4 million sweat glands, most of which remain dormant until puberty.
- Your sweat is proportionate to the concentration of sweat glands, diet intake, physical activity and body chemistry.
- Biologically women have more sweat glands then men.
- Sweating helps to cleanse the body by eliminating older cells and toxic wastes.
- Sweating sweeps off the bacterial growth in the sweat glands in the form of a fluid appearing on the skin surface.
- It improves blood circulation and keeps your skin healthy and supple.
- It helps to regulate the internal body temperature.
- Sweat is odorless as such, when it comes in contact with bacteria it reacts by way of emitting a foul body odor
- We tend to sweat more in certain areas like palms of hands, soles of feet, armpits, scalp, back, forehead etc as these areas are concentrated with more no. of sweat glands.
While sweating has a myriad health benefits excessive sweating can become a menace. This condition is known as hyperhidrosis. On the other hand inadequate sweating is known as anihydrosis. It may occur on account of insufficient water intake, an infection in the sweat glands, usage of drugs, genetic factors, etc. Medically both are termed as dangerous.
What happens when you don’t sweat or sweat poorly?
Body temperature regulation is the most important function of sweating. In the absence of sweating you may have to bath often to cool the body or stay under cool temperatures as the body cannot cool itself by any other way besides, sweating. Anihydrosis can further lead to heat strokes.
What happens when you sweat excessively?
When the body sweats beyond the normal levels even in cool temperatures or other inappropriate conditions it is termed as excessive sweating.
Excessive sweating more commonly night sweats, may be a sign of an infection (like tuberculosis, leukemia, Parkinson’s disease), a neurological disorder or hormonal imbalance.
Besides, disrupting the body’s health excessive sweating can trigger bad body odor upon contact with bacteria. Apart from bacteria the solid wastes like ammonia, urea, that remain after evaporation of water content in sweat give an unpleasant smell.
Excessive sweating can be enough reason for embarrassment and low social life.
Some simple tips on how to prevent sweating excessively:
- Use antiperspirants in areas where you sweat profusely
- Wear loose clothes made of natural fiber like that of cotton, silk etc which help in free circulation of air.
- Take cold showers to drive off the excess sweat.
- Use talcum powder after bath to soak up the excess sweat.
- Drink lots of water and stay in cool temperatures.
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