Perhaps it’s the terror of pitting out during your final dissertation in front of hundreds of classmates or excessive sweating while giving an important presentation at work. Sweating is a vital function of regulating body temperature, but sometimes no matter what you do, it seems impossible to control, even when there appears to be no cause. Rest assured that you’re not alone.
Hyperhidrosis is a disorder characterized by excessive sweat that impacts roughly 3% of Americans, often starting in adolescence and, if left untreated, may continue later into adulthood. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to manage excessive sweating, ranging from diet, finding the right antiperspirant, and clothes that you wear, to your daily health/fitness/exercise regimens. Here are 10 hacks that can that help you be the driest you possible:
Using an antiperspirant geared for Hyperhidrosis is your first line of attack when it comes to excessive armpit sweat. Regular deodorants only mask the smell, doing nothing to stop perspiration in its tracks. If you’ve tried everything on the antiperspirant aisle to no avail, it may be time to try something new.
Specifically designed to stop excessive sweating in your pits for over a week with just one application, ZeroSweat provides the highest strength antiperspirant without a prescription.
If you are experiencing excessive sweating, an important second step is to stay hydrated and drink lots of water. It seems counterintuitive, but by keeping hydrated, you help regulate your body temperature and stay cooler and drier as the day goes on.
While you may love the energy that you get from caffeine, your morning coffee with Mega-Monster drink chasers may be doing you more harm than good when it comes to hyperhidrosis. The caffeine in your drinks increases sweating by stimulating your nervous system, causing your blood pressure and heart rate to rise. As a result, your sweat glands go into overdrive, causing you to sweat at the most embarrassing and inappropriate times. Additionally, your body temperature may rise simply from the heat of your caffeinated beverage. When given a choice, a cold glass of water will always be the most beneficial option to calm your sweat glands and reduce heart palpitations.
It may seem like an obvious tip, but its effect can be transformative. If you know that you sweat more when you’re placed in high-stress situations, it would be beneficial to avoid those situations as much as possible. Perhaps you know that scary movies make your hands a little clammy, in which case it’s best not to take your date to see the next Stephen King film.
Pay attention to what triggers your sweating and make a list. Consider this list of “Don’ts” and try to avoid them as best as you can.
The next step to controlling excessive sweating is to pay mind to the foods that you eat. As it turns out, there are lots of foods that can reduce the amount of sweat your body produces. Foods like bananas, watermelon, and broccoli (all with high water content) can actually soothe overactive sweat glands.
As a general guideline, you shouldn’t be eating foods that upset your digestive system. High fat, high sugar, and high carb foods can all cause excessive sweating after consumption. In fact, some of the worst offenders include chocolate and bread. That means you should probably ditch the spicy burritos and ice cream. Healthy vegetables and fruits, calcium-rich foods, and B vitamins may be your saving grace. On a related note, not surprisingly, eating healthy can help with weight loss/control which may also play a role in your degree of sweatiness.
Another key to controlling your hyperhidrosis is to sweat-proof your wardrobe. Rather than throwing away all of your clothes and starting from scratch, we recommend using a padded underarm shirt like Thompson Tees. These shirts are designed to wear under your clothes, with an underarm sweat pad that blocks 100% of armpit sweat from staining your clothes. They also prevent odor because they keep you from sweating.
We all know that smoking is bad for you, but what if we told you that it could be contributing to your hyperhidrosis, as well? Like caffeine, nicotine is the enemy when you want your armpits to stay dry. Nicotine, too, raises your body temperature and heart rate, quickly snapping your sweat glands into high gear. Sweating, in addition to its related cancer risks and other health issues associated with smoking, is just one more reason to quit.
If you’re concerned about being the sweatiest person jogging down the street, it may be time to take your workout indoors where it’s a bit cooler. This doesn’t mean that you are restricted to working out at home. In fact, far from it. Your local gym is likely full of fans airing a gentle, cool breeze so that people just like you can comfortably exercise in peace. You have to admit that the little air blowers on the treadmill are pretty great.
This one *kind* of goes with the diet section, but some supplements like Pre-Workout could unwittingly be creating problems for you in the sweat department.
Hot Tip: Try using the gym equipment in closest proximity to a fan. This will help you stay cooler and drier than other parts of the facility.
Bonus Hot Tip: Don’t forget to bring a towel with you or make good use of the gym-provided towels. Leaving behind a puddle of sweat on gym equipment is NOT okay.
As your body temperature rises and your sweat glands are kicked into drive, it’s important to stay cool. This means you may need to avoid prolonged exposure in the hot summer sun, or maybe keep a small desk fan in the office. Whatever the environment, find a way to cool down, even if it means keeping a bottle of ice-cold water with you. This will help reduce the amount of sweat your body is able to produce.
If you’ve tried all of these steps and still find no improvement, there are a lot of communities online where you can get advice from other people who suffer from Hyperhidrosis. Not all people who suffer from excessive sweat get relief in the same way. Some products may work wonders for a few but have no faze on others. The Hyperhidrosis Network and Sweathelp have copious resources that can provide emotional relief, treatment tips, helpful lists of antiperspirant products you might consider, and Sweathelp even has a Hyperhidrosis treatment provider directory for folks who have exhausted all of their other options.
Whatever the severity of your sweating, there’s still hope! ZeroSweat knows your struggle and wants to help. Experiment with these ten steps and see how well they work for you.
Try ZeroSweat Antiperspirant Roll-On today and see for yourself why so many people choose this life-changing product to manage their hyperhidrosis.