Excessive Sweating Affects Millions - 12 Ways To Stop It
Sweating is your body's natural way of cooling itself and people normally sweat in response to thermal stimuli. However, sweating that exceeds the needs of the body--medically termed hyperhidrosis--is now a fairly common condition affecting millions. Hyperhidrosis may be generalized but most often it involves the palms, underarms, feet, and groin; it can take a social toll, making handshaking unpleasant or significantly restricting wardrobe. There are many of simple, inexpensive and natural ways to stop excessive sweating and actually improve the smell of your body odor, all without ever stepping foot in a doctor's office.
People who suffer with hyperhidrosis can spend hours each day changing clothes, washing up, wiping their hands, and avoiding situations where they might have to shake a person’s hand. Worried about what others might think, it can cause them to lose friends or even pick a line of work that doesn’t require meeting people and shaking hands. The anxiety can be so bad that it can lead to depression and anxiety disorders, dramatically decreasing quality of life.
90 percent of people with the condition say that sweating interfered with their lives. You or someone you know may suffer from hyperhidrosis if:
You think you sweat more than normal.
You have to carry a handkerchief to wipe your hands of sweat or need to keep an extra shirt in your office to change out of sweaty shirt.
People comment on your excessive sweating.
You sweat even in cool environments.
Your sweating waxes and wanes.
Your sweating is brought on by stress.
You sweat through multiply layers of clothing.
You change clothes several times a day because of sweating.
You frequently have to buy new clothes because sweat stains soil your wardrobe.
Excessive sweating in the absence of a high body temperature can certainly be caused by stress or emotional anxiety. It can also be caused by imbalances in your hormonal and nervous systems. But in general, the conventional medical view on hyperhidrosis is that there is no known cause or cure.
Some doctors will recommend using an anti-perspirant like drysol, which is an alcohol solution containing aluminum. Given the strong link between aluminum exposure and Alzheimer’s disease, this is not a healthy option.
Some doctors actually perform surgery to cut the nerves that supply your sweat glands. The reasoning is that if your sweat glands do not receive a signal to sweat from your brain, then your problem is solved. The problem with this approach is that the nerves that control your sweat glands also control a variety of other mechanisms in your body, the most important of which is your ability to control the size of your blood vessels. Your hands and armpits might stop sweating after this procedure, but the negative side effects are too numerous and serious to quantify.
There are completely natural approaches to dramatically improving hyperhidrosis, and sometimes, to completely cure it.
A significant and overlooked cause for this over activity is eating foods that your body cannot tolerate. For example, if your body cannot tolerate dairy products, whenever you eat some, your immune system must work hard to protect your tissues from the harmful effects of whichever components of dairy don’t agree with your body. If your immune system is constantly at work to deal with such food intolerances, your sympathetic nervous system detects this as stress, and activates the mechanisms that are in place to help you during stressful situations, including the production of sweat.
1. Avoid Spicy Foods and Caffeine
"Caffeine and spices can activate neurotransmitters, called acetylcholine, which are located in your brain,” says Kelley Redbord, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist in private practice in Vienna, VA and Associate Professor, George Washington University, “Anything that stimulates these neurotransmitters can sometimes affect the glands that cause sweating.”
2. Drink Sage Tea Taking sage herbs two to four times a day keeps the body functioning well as well regulating sweat production.
3. Eat the “Right” Foods
Fewer complex B vitamins in your body means it cannot allow for an efficient absorption of nutrients and proper break down of toxins and body waste. So this means a strained body which leads to more sweat. So what foods should you take?
- Fresh Fruits - whatever your preference, they should form a crucial component in your daily regimen. Any will do from cherries, peaches, watermelons, apples, oranges, plums. The list is endless. You could try taking a fruit salad for breakfast or in between meals.
- Vegetables - If you don’t have a liking for salads, veggies are excellent too as they are rich in B Vitamins.
- Proteins - Fish, eggs and moderate amounts of lean meats. As for vegetarians, beans, kale and spirulina are excellent choices.
4. Take a Cold Shower In spite of the uncomfortable effects of a cold shower, it surely works wonders. Cold showers increase glutathione -- one of the body’s most powerful endegenous antioxidants.
5. Shave Problematic Areas This is one of the most effective natural methods to overcoming excessive sweating. The reason is simple. Accumulation of sweat tends to occur around the hairs. As a result bacteria will soon start feeding on them with great vigor. In no time, the underarms will emit an unpleasant odor owing to the toxins discharged by the bacteria.
6. Avoid Nylons and Polyesters. Wear Natural Fibers Cotton and bamboo are preferable in making the skin “breathe”. They provide ample space around the armpit area which allow for evaporation and free flow of air.
7. Find Your Food Triggers
We all have them. When you find out what your food triggers are, whether they be dairy, wheat, meats, starch or whatever causes your body to work on overdrive to digest foods. Most people who find there food triggers can eliminate excessive sweating by at least 40%.
8. Lose Some weight It’s a fact that 90% of people facing problems arising from excess sweating are overweight. Cutting down on that extra weight drastically increases your chances of dealing with excess body sweat.
9. Avoid Using Deodorant or Soap The effects of deodorants or chemical soaps not compatible with your body will do you more harm than good, especially anti-perspirants which you should avoid at all costs. Toxins from most deodorants and conventional soaps cause to body to build unhealthy levels of impurities which will only aggravate your symptoms.
10. Baking Soda Is Your Friend
By far, one of the most effective natural remedies to curb odor and excess sweating is baking soda. You can use an organic natural cream or natural hand wash as a medium in conjunction with just a dash of baking soda to help eliminate even the worst problems associated with hyperhidrosis.
11.Acupuncture This simple ancient technique works like gangbusters. It simply targets certain body parts to balance energy and also relax the brain by controlling the hypothalamus which goes down to reduce sweat.
12. Yoga One of the best natural ways to control excessive sweating. This works through meditation, calming down the nerves and subsequently lessening sweat production. Since Yoga teaches proper breathing, it works well especially when one is stressed or uneasy.
Mae Chan holds degrees in both physiology and nutritional sciences. She is also blogger and and technology enthusiast with a passion for disseminating information about health.