Sweat is the body’s natural coolant so we should be thrilled when it arrives to visit. While sweat by itself has no smell (it is actually purer than a lot of drinking water), sweat quickly wears out its welcome once it mixes with the bacteria present on the body and starts to give a distinct smell. While a person may periodically sweat when they become warm, certain situations can cause persistent and excessive sweat.
Here are 9 surprising and interesting things that your sweat is likely to tell you about your health. Read ahead!
1. Emotional Health
As part of a study, a group of 36 women were asked to smell the sweat samples of 12 men who happened to watch either scary or happy videos. It was really astonishing when women who smelled the sweat of those men who watched happy videos ended up smiling while those who smelled the sweat of those who watched scary videos ended up making unpleasant expressions.
2. Anxiety Levels
Sweat comes from the apocrine glands during the time when a person is stressed. The sweat is a combination of protein and fat and it mixes with places with high levels of bacteria to cause an intense smell. Sweat comes from the eccrine glands when the body is merely hot, and the smell isn’t as distinctive.
As a result of pregnancy, the endocrine system (a collection of hormone producing glands) of a woman goes haywire. This often causes sweating out of nowhere. Such hormonal changes send false signals to the brain’s thermostat telling the brain that the body needs to cool down immediately. This can happen even at a time when you are sitting in an air conditioned room.
Most women experience intense hot flashes in the years that lead to menopause. This happens due to the hormones becoming uncontrollable and the endocrine system works harder to cool down the body owing to excessive sweating.
5. Low blood sugar
When a person’s blood sugar level drops below 70 to 100 milligrams per decilitre, sudden and excessive sweating may occur as a warning sign. Sweat typically gathers around the back of the neck and hairline during this instance.
6. Body Response to Medications
Certain antibiotics, blood pressure medications, psychiatric drugs, dry mouth medicines, vitamin supplements can result in excessive sweating. During such a situation, an individual should consult a doctor to determine if dosage should be reduced or exterminated.
7. Thyroid problems
If you have an overactive thyroid then there are chances that the hormonal changes can cause too much sweating. Once the overactive thyroid is treated with medication or surgery, the sweating typically lessens.
Cancer in the lymph cells can also cause constant and persistent sweating. Though the cause of such an excess amount of sweating remains unknown, it has been hypothesized that the excessive sweating is the reaction of the body to the other symptoms of lymphoma such as high fever.
Excess weight on the body forces your body to work harder. The extra amount of body weight causes you to sweat heavily during your routine tasks and more persistently during activities that need a certain level of exertion.
Here are natural remedies to reduce sweating:
Combine one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and two teaspoons of natural vinegar, consume it half an hour after or before a meal or on an empty stomach three times a day. It will reduce excessive sweating. Placing potato slices or a mixture of corn starch and baking soda on the underarms can spot-check any excessive sweat that comes from the armpits.