Sweating is totally normal, and in fact, is used to cool the body. However many of us believe that we suffer from heavier than average sweating. From the usual suspects of hormones and humid weather, we can indicate why we’re sweating, however, it’s important to consider that gut health, and body care products could also be the reason why you’re pits are letting juices fly all around the place. So let’s explore how.
Firstly, what is going on when we sweat?
The main reason why we sweat is to help the body regulate its temperature levels, as it naturally acts as a thermostat. When the body recognises a change in temperature, it stimulates the eccrine sweat glands. These sweat glands release water and salt as a natural cooling mechanism. And guess what? Sweating, unfortunately, is not wholly responsible for detoxifying the body, it’s in fact your liver and kidneys that do that. So be kind to them. There are some trace elements that can be excreted this way, such as heavy metals, but it’s not the reason why we sweat!
When sweat evaporates, it cools the surface of the skin and helps to regulate our core body temperature, which is essential in itself. Exercise and hot weather are a prime example of this situation, but as mentioned, physical circumstances are not the only and we’re ready to explore them with you…
- Emotional Sweat – Have you ever noticed why you sweat more when you’re stressed? If puddles of sweat are beading on your top lip before speaking in front of an audience, or your pits start shooting out droplets right before an important call, its not your body’s temperature bringing on the sweats, it’s stress sweat.
There are two types of sweat gland-eccrine and apocrine. Apocrine sweat glands are sensitive to nervous stimulation via adrenaline, and this is why you can sweat more when you’re stressed. If you notice that you’re sweating in situations that don’t normally make you ‘anxious’ then it’s work getting your adrenals checked out, as your body may be in constant fight or flight mode, and this can elevate your mood swings.
How to fix it? We recommend including l-glutamine in your diet! Otherwise, focus on meditative breathing to help calm the mind and stop your heart from racing. Consult with a GP and this could be a symptom of greater emotional help and support
- Hormonal Sweat – Do you ever notice extra dewy pits leading up to, and during your period. Or maybe when you’re pregnant? This can also happen during menopause too. This is due to the sudden hormonal changes and imbalance is to blame. This is thanks to rising progesterone levels, provoking sweat.
How to fix it? Just be aware of hormonal swings that might happen. This can prepare you for increased perspiration, particularly at night time. Our core temperature naturally increases around 9-10pm, making night sweats during times of hormonal imbalance all the more likely to happen. Vitamin D, B6, B50 and B12 can all help regulate these hormones so they’re not so ‘active’. Maca can also be super helpful!
- Meat Sweats – This is technically not just sweats for meat, but sweating in general when you do eat. Our diet can actually play a huge part in why we perspire. For example, hot food in heat or temperature can make us sweat, and in the gut can also release adrenaline and other hormones in response to certain foods, making sweat worse.
Foods that stimulate high insulin release, or large amounts of food eaten quickly can also make people sweat. Blood sugar balance can dictate how much you sweat. Low blood sugar can trigger an adrenaline release, making you sweat more.
Fluid wise, it seems that that hydration could be a concern! Excess sweating can contribute to dehydration, so it’s particularly important to stay hydrated during periods of hot weather, or when exercising. Be aware that alcohol and coffee can contribute to hydration issues. Too much hydration can also do the same, so it’s about finding that happy balance.
How to fix it? Limit trigger foods. These foods could be an indication that your body is not having a good time at digesting them. Use a food diary to help indicate what those foods might be. Eat a healthy, balanced diet to avoid blood-sugar crashes. Stay hydrated, but don’t overdo it, and know that there’s a reason when you’ve got a hangover. Get those blood sugar levels and fluid back on and try having a cold shower to help fix you up
- Gym Sweats – some of us sweat more than others in this circumstance. And either way is totally normal. Perspiration depends on a number of factors, but genetics is certainly one. We can have anywhere between two to five million sweat glands in our body, so some of us are just meant to be a little moister.
Your weight will also make a difference to whether you’re sweating buckets, as those with high BMI tend to require the body to work harder to cool itself, resulting in more sweat. That said, those with high levels of fitness can also sweat a lot too. What we found most interesting, is that most of our eccrine sweat glands are on our feet, so we naturally sweat there more.
How to fix it? You don’t. Unless you’re overweight, then you should probably consider your BMI and how to decrease it through diet and lifestyle changes. Otherwise, everyone sweats differently for different reasons Just try wearing breathable clothing, including socks. Stay hydrated and accept that the sweatiness from exercise is totally normal.
If by chance you fit into all of the above and find yourself excess sweating a lot, then we recommend seeking health advice, as you could be experiencing severe hormonal, or diet issues that you’re not aware of.