Sweat is a nearly universal experience but how many of us really understand the know how's of perspiration?Sweating can be embarrassing especially if you are at school, college or work. The marks and the remains are pathetic, and they leave you in embarrassment. But it is also beneficial to your health. Perspiration keeps the body well circulated and away from overheating. When your body temperature rises much higher than 98.6 degrees F, the hypothalamus- your brain's thermostat signals the exocrine system's sweat glands to activate. Sweat rises to the skin's surface through pores and evaporates when it hits the air, keeping you cool. Sweat serves a lot of purposes. It serves as a barometer of effort, an indicator of stress, a measure of health and also a life saver because if sweating hadn't been there, we would have perished.Let's go through the sweaty truths of perspiration.
It's our body's natural coolant.
Sweat is purer than most cooling water. What makes it impure is the 1% urea present in it.
Why isn't it gentle on your nose?
Sweat has no odour. Sweat is sweet but when it meets bacteria, it turn not so gentle on your nose.
There are sweat glands all over your body.
Especially on your feet. There are two kinds of sweat that ooze out of the pores. The light watery sweat is called common sweat while the thick, fat sweat is known as the stress sweat.
If sweat is sweet, how come people smell?
Sweat itself has no smell but when it comes in contact with bacteria on your skin. Bacteria dine on the organic sweat and excrete digestive gas.
Every body has a different odor.
Yes, ask your dog. Natural amounts of bacteria interacting with common sweat contribute to your scent.
Why do feet smell?
Each foot has 250,000 sweat glands, producing a pint of sweat a day.
Can't stop sweating?
You may have hyperhidrosis. This condition causes us to sweat a ridiculous amount of time.
When sweating is more serious.
Sudden heavy sweating can be a sign of heart attack. It's also associated with metabolic issues, cancers, menopause or certain disorders.
But don't worry. No one ever sweat to death.
Sweating can be a consequence of many reasons, be it diabetes, alcoholism or even cancers. But the opposite is not true. When you stop sweating, the body cannot find a sudden way to cool down. Hence, it might be fatal.
Deodorants and Antiperspirants
These products are used to reduce body odor caused by sweat and bacteria. But if you don't wash your clothes or wear clean clothes, they aren't going to help.
Home remedies for reducing sweat:
Apple cider vinegar, baking soda or even potato slices are the best cures for sweat and perspiration. All you'll need is to drink a concoction of apple cider vinegar half an hour before or after a meal or on an empty stomach. Or you can opt for applying potato slices to your underarms.
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