As annoying and stinky as sweat can be, it’s an important and essential part of regulating body temperature. Sweat helps cool everything off through evaporation. You may not know this, but your body is ALWAYS sweating. We only see those pesky beads of sweat when sweat production exceeds the rate of evaporation. We tend to sweat more when it’s really hot, during exercise, or even just eating spicy food. Sweat is produced to try and bring your body temperature back down.
There is a wide range for what is considered a normal amount of sweat. It varies upon the demands of the body and the environment you are in. A construction worker in high humidity Texas is going to sweat a lot more than an office worker in a climate-controlled building. If you are exercising or doing manual labor in a hot or humid climate, expect to sweat a lot. It is totally normal.
Excessive sweating, also called hyperhidrosis, means that you are sweating far more than your body needs. If you are an office worker calmly sitting at a desk and sweating through your shirt, that is excessive sweating.
Have you ever gone to the doctor, desperately asking "why do I sweat so much?" There are several things that can cause excessive sweating. It could be a side effect from an underlying medical condition or a medication. You could also have a medical condition known as hyperhidrosis, where you sweat excessively at any time and for no reason.
Hyperhidrosis is thought to be caused when nerves associated with sweat glands overreact and cause the glands to start to over-produce. For some, hyperhidrosis is triggered in emotional and stressful situations while for others it is triggered by exercising or being in hot environments, but start to sweat far more than is needed to cool their bodies down. Unfortunately, there are also those who are constantly sweating regardless of their emotional state or temperature.
Hyperhidrosis is treatable. Treatments range from simple home remedies such as showering more often, to antiperspirant products, or even as extreme as having a sympathectomy a sweat gland removal surgery.
Wearing light and loose clothing can help your sweat evaporate more quickly. We mentioned how perspiration beads happen when evaporation is occurring quickly enough. Moisture-wicking clothing and materials that dry quickly are great options to wear when you’re experiencing excessive sweating.
Some people may experience sweating as a reaction to eating spicy or fatty foods. These foods can send messages through your body telling your sweat glands to start working. Recent diet changes can also change how much you sweat.
Be sure to drink lots of water. Water helps your body to regulate internal temperatures and therefore helps you sweat less. Other drinks, especially alcohol or caffeinated drinks, can cause your body to produce more sweat.
Anxiety and stress can cause sweating. The next time you are experiencing either of these, take a moment and pay attention to how your body is responding. Once you know how it will react, find ways to counteract the stress and anxiety such as mediation, a walk, yoga, or another relaxation technique you enjoy.
If you are still acclimating to ZeroSweat, or you prefer to stick to products that don't contain aluminum, or if you just need an additional layer of protection, you can take a look at ZeroSweat's underarm sweat pads or anti-sweat t-shirts, like Thompson tees.
After calling in for additional help beyond special shirts and underarm pads and making these adjustments to your life and diet, you may still experience excessive sweating. For those times, we are here for you with options to help you battle excessive sweating. ZeroSweat's antiperspirant roll-on or ZeroSweat lotion will 99.8% of the time stop sweat in its tracks.