May 06 2019 – Tyra Johnson-Brown
Sweat is a natural part of life. Some people naturally sweat more than others. Some people struggle with sweat because they are constantly in hot environments or they exercise regularly. For others, food, or even stress, is a major trigger for perspiration. Everyone sweats, and it is nothing to be ashamed of. However, if you work around people all day and don’t want visible stains on your shirt, or you are worried about body odor, then you might want to find some ways to reduce sweating. And now that temperatures are turning up, so will your level of sweat . Your exercise routine may increase, which is another cause to sweat more now than you did over the winter months. You may sweat in certain areas, it’s inevitable but there are ways you can naturally manage the increase.
Excessive sweating is a condition known as hyperhidrosis. It affects about 1% of all populations and mainly targets the palms or soles of the feet. It occurs when the sympathetic nervous system gets overactive and creates more sweat than needed.
If you think it’s a serious problem, it would be best to consult a medical professional. For easy, non-prescriptive, and natural ways to stop the sweating on your own, see below for some simple tips.
Healthy Foods that Naturally Manage Sweating
Consider your diet. We always focus on a healthy diet as an important factor when it comes to the overall health of our vessels/bodies. What goes in must come out, and that’s so true. Make sure that you are getting enough B vitamins, because these can have a significant impact on your state of mind. Try cutting back on caffeine too, because caffeine is a powerful stimulant that can have an impact on your sympathetic nervous system and cause you to sweat.
So, what foods should you eat, or not eat to manage excessive sweating?
Whole grains—These are great sources of B-vitamins and fiber.
Fresh fruits—Whatever your preference, fresh fruits in general should form a crucial component in your daily regimen. Any will do, including cherries, peaches, watermelons, apples, oranges, and plums. The list is endless. You could try having a fruit salad for breakfast or pack it as a snack in between meals.
Vegetables—If you don’t like just salads, veggies are excellent too as they are rich in B Vitamins.
Proteins—Recommended: Fish, eggs, and moderate amounts of red meat. As for vegetarians, beans, tofu, and eggs work well, too. If you can, avoid deep-fried foods like the plague.
Avoid sugary, spicy, and chemically-processed foods. You are what you eat. Spicy foods may be delightful, tasty, and even healthy, but they do cause your body to sweat more frequently after you eat them. A large intake of chemical toxins will aggravate sweating. The same goes for high fructose syrup used by some manufactures to sweeten food. Any of those instant, pre-made, packaged, frozen, greasy, ready-to-eat and fast foods should absolutely be avoided.
Other Natural Ways to Eliminate Sweat
Natural Deodorants and Oils
There are two kinds of ‘sweat fighting’ product. Deodorants and antiperspirants. Deodorants will mask the smell of sweat, while antiperspirants try to swap the sweat. A lot of commercial and antiperspirants contain aluminum and parabens, and there is some controversy about how safe those products are. Most sciences agree that the skin barrier itself is enough to prevent any aluminum entering the body. However, it is understandable why some people may want to err on the side of caution and use natural deodorants instead.
It is surprisingly easy to use essential oils to make your own deodorant blend. Whatever oils you decide to use will need diluting with a mild carrier oil such as coconut or sesame oil. Add five to ten drops of your chosen oils into carrier oil to produce a deodorant that you can apply to your underarms. Some good oil choices include:
Lavender: Sweat smells because of the action of bacteria on your skin. Lavender is antimicrobial so it can stop the bacteria from breaking down substances in your sweat, and keep you smelling sweet. As a bonus, lavender is very relaxing too.
Clary sage: This is another essential oil that is known to have antimicrobial effects, and it makes a great day to day scent to wear as well because it has been found to increase oxytocin levels. Oxytocin is a powerful feel-good chemical that helps people bond with each other.
Bergamot: Bergamot is also an antibacterial agent, and it is also known to have a calming effect which can be particularly helpful for people who are struggling with feeling anxious or depressed.
Reduce Stress Levels
If you are someone who sweats when you are stressed, then you may want to try getting a massage regularly, and or taking up some yoga. Both can significantly help reduce the amount of stress and anxiety that you may be feeling, and help you relax more.