Sweating is a natural phenomenon in which when the body temperature increases, the heat of the body comes out from the pores of the skin in the form of sweat (water droplets) and evaporates in air. In this way, the heat of our body is regulated.
There are as many as two to four million sweat glands in our skin which allows our body to cool off. Apparently, sweating is an important natural process. However, if the sweat glands overwork, it leads to excessive sweating, which is referred to as Hyperhidrosis in medical terms. Excessive sweating in high temperature conditions or increased physical activity cannot be considered as Hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis refers to excessive sweating in normal conditions like low/moderate temperature, no stress/anxiety conditions, or minimal physical activity. Palms, armpits, soles, groin, and face are most prone to excessive sweating. The most annoying fact of Hyperhidrosis is that it comes with a bad odor which can put anyone in an embarrassing situation. Discomfort of Hyperhidrosis can be dealt by following healthy lifestyle and by using harmless natural home remedies. This article throws light on both the methods.
To control excess sweat, we should begin with adopting a healthy daily regime to maintain overall fitness of the body.
Effective Cures To Control Excessive Sweating
Keep A Check On Your Diet
Our body is literally a reflection of what we eat. We should completely shun deep fried food and excessive fatty food. We should consume at least 12-15 glasses of water every day, as it dilutes the toxins in our body and mellows down the bad odor.
Rich silicon foods such as strawberries, grapes and almonds should be preferred. Indulging in high amount of garlic, caffeine, onion, alcohol should be avoided. Meditating for more than 15 minutes daily also relaxes the body and sweat glands.
Correct Your Magnesium Levels
Low levels of magnesium can lead to Hyperhidrosis. With the advice of a doctor, consuming about 400 mg of magnesium twice a day helps in controlling excessive sweating.
Wear Suitable Clothes
Wearing tight and synthetic fibers leaves no space for sweat to evaporate and thereby body odor develops. One should always prefer little loose fitting clothes which are made from natural material such as cotton and linen – which are excellent absorbents of water.
Apart from following these simple lifestyle regimes, there are several common ingredients in our kitchen which help in combating excessive sweating.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Did you ever imagine that the apple cider vinegar bottle in your fridge could become helpful in reducing your sweat? No right? Try taking two teaspoons each of honey and apple cider vinegar daily for a week on an unfilled stomach.
It works wonders in getting rid of excessive sweating. Also, rubbing a cotton swab dipped in apple cider vinegar or white vinegar on armpits, palm or feet gives excellent results in controlling Hyperhidrosis and bad odor.
Tomato juice is a rich source of Vitamin C, magnesium and sodium. Taking a glass of home-made fresh tomato juice helps in reducing levels of perspiration. Depending on its impact, it can be continued from a week to a month.
Rubbing pieces of raw potato on the areas of excessive sweating, helps in getting immediate relief from Hyperhidrosis. Indeed simple and effective!
An excellent anti-oxidant, the medicinal benefits of green tea are undisputable. An apple a day, keeps the doctor away. Similar to this, a cup of green tea a day, keeps excessive sweating away.
Another one is sage tea. Containing rich extracts of Vitamin B and magnesium, sage tea works as an exceptional antiperspirant. Boil one tablespoon of dried sage tea leaves and allow it to cool. Then apply it to areas of high sweating for about three times a day. This mixture effectively reduces the activity of sweat glands and thereby controls excessive sweating.
Tea Tree Oil
The tea tree oil is a strong anti-fungal agent and has properties that of astringent. Applying it to affected areas proves very beneficial in Hyperhidrosis.
Those antiperspirants and deodorants available in markets may lure you with their immediate impact on sweat, however their excessive use may be harmful since they may lead to diseases like Alzheimer’s, discoloration of skin or other allergies. In such a situation, corn starch powder serves as a perfect substitute. Dusting the powder under arms helps in controlling increased perspiration.
In addition to these kitchen ingredients, there are some other herbs such as Osha, Rehmannia, Astragalus, and Schizonepeta which are useful in Hyperhidrosis. These can be easily availed from herbal health stores.
So next time you step out, wither away the fear of excessive sweating, and walk with sheer confidence.