When the heat is on or emotions are high, sweating can be a problem and a source of embarrassment.
If you think you sweat too much, you can ask your doctor whether your sweating is normal. If it’s due to some underlying cause, such as a medical condition or drug side effect, that can be corrected or changed.
Once that’s done, there are simple steps to help reduce sweating and boost your comfort level.
Here are ways to cope with heavy sweating at the gym, on the job, and everywhere you go.
- Stay calm. Stress and nervousness instantly triggers the sweat glands.
- Cut down your caffeine intake. Caffeine tends to create anxiety which, in turn, triggers the body to sweat excessively. In itself, it is also a trigger for sweating.
- Acupuncture. It may look painful, but it’s not. Acupuncture targets certain body parts to balance energy and also relaxes the brain by controlling the hypothalamus, which leads to sweat reduction. It might work for you.
- Take a cold shower. In spite of the discomfort of a cold shower, it really works wonders. While you’re at it, try using an antibacterial soap to ensure the body is clean and odor-free.
- Avoid taking hot baths. While baths may be useful in eliminating toxins through increased body temperature, the problems of excessive sweating surely outweigh their benefits.
- Drink tomato juice. This is my own, personal handy tip. I love tomato juice and it has helped me reduce my sweating. All those extra vitamins and nutrients come in handy. Some sources recommend drinking a glass a day to get the benefits.
- Drink a lot of water. Hydration keeps body temperatures low, helping prevent sweating. Water is vital to life. It effectively flushes out excess minerals and pushes out all toxins and waste products.
Experts recommend six to eight glasses of water everyday.
- 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. It gets even worse especially for overweight people. Any of those instant, pre-made, packaged, frozen, greasy, ready-to-eat and fast foods are an absolute no no.
- Eat the “right” foods. Fewer complex B vitamins in your body means it cannot allow for an efficient absorption of nutrients and a proper breakdown of toxins and body waste. This means a strained body which leads to more sweat.
So what foods should you eat?
- Rub your armpits with cotton pads soaked in baking soda and lemon juice. The mixture is cooling and helps control foul odor.
- Some cold water for the road. There’s no better cold drink than water, especially on a hot day. Cold water is essential to reduce stress, regulate body temperature, and keep those sweat glands under control. Make sure you always have a bottle or canteen with you, especially while mobile or traveling.
- Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs. This is an absolute no-brainer. These chemicals make it harder for the body to control sweating because they cause a delay in blood circulation.
- Yoga. Yoga is one of the best natural ways to control excessive sweating. This can be through meditation, calming down the nerves, and then subsequently lessening sweat production. Since yoga teaches proper breathing, it works well especially when one is stressed or uneasy.
- Wear undershirts. High quality undershirts made of cotton or just a T-shirt will help absorb body sweat and make it evaporate fast.