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Sweating is totally natural and important and there’s nothing wrong with it. Sweat is your body’s natural way to cool itself off and control body temperature. Besides these, there are many other factors that prompts our body to produce sweat: from genetics to stress this can mean anything and it’s very complex. Sweat is produced by glands all over our bodies and the two main ones producing sweat are:
- Eccrine glands produce most of your sweat, especially the watery kind but bits of salt, protein, urea, and ammonia gets mixed into it. These glands are mostly concentrated on the palms, soles, forehead, and armpit.
- Apocrine glands are larger. They’re mostly located on the armpits, groin, and breast area. Since they’re near hair follicles, they typically smell the worst.
These are the ones that are generally get smelly for may reasons. Even the food we ate and some bacterias can change it – and that’s not nice, for our modern nose, smelly odour is not something you like on others or on ourselves. If you excessively sweat, it can lead to both physical and emotional discomfort. So sweating happens but smell doesn’t necessarily have to. You can also learn how to stop underarm sweat stains.
5 Tips to Reduce Sweating Naturally
1. Drink water
This is a very underrated advice and most of us are doing naturally because when our body sweats we loose water, we become thirsty and we feel the need for a drink. But if we get ahead and consciously topping up with water then our body isn’t forced to cool off by producing sweat. Hydration keeps body temperatures low, helping prevent sweating. Also, water is just the best for this, whilst sodas and other sugary drinks aren’t so much.
2. Think of what you eat
Spicy and over-processed food can make you sweat more than normal, whilst wholesome food that are mainly fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains (for the vitamin B family, which helps the efficient absorption of nutrients and a proper breakdown of toxins and body waste) and protein.
3. Cut down on caffeine
Not good news for coffee drinkers like me, but not over-caffeinating is good for you for plenty of reason. And one these reasons is that caffeine and anxiety don’t mix well so this can make you sweat more than normal.
4. Use a natural deodorant
You can buy many of these from small shops and businesses and they are great because they don’t just work properly but they contain harmful chemicals and metals that can be absorbed through the skin. Alternatively you can easily make your own just by using soda bicarbonate (baking soda). Baking soda is a common ingredient in natural deodorants. Its ability to absorb odour makes it an effective additive in a DIY deodorant to help you feel fresh and odour-free longer.
Here’s a simple, natural DIY deodorant recipe:
3 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
6 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp cornflour or arrowroot powder
1-15 drops of the essential oil of your choice
5. Clothing matters
Natural fibres (organic cotton, bamboo, linen) and loose clothing helps your body ventilate better whilst plastic fibres do the opposite: they keep the heat in. Synthetic fabric is made of plastic fibres so they are not only bad for the environment but makes you sweatier too.