It’s natural to sweat. Sweating at the gym makes you feel like you’re working hard. It makes you feel good. Sweating at the office or on a date? Not so much. Let’s face it, excessive sweating is the pits (pun intended).
Sweat occurs when your natural body temperature rises, making your heart rate increase and causing your body to pump out water to cool itself down. Sweating can appear anywhere — chest, back, face, or groin.
So if you suffer from pit stains on romantic dates or stressful presentations, below is a list to help get control of your sweating.
Deodorant may hide smells but it won’t stop you from sweating. Regular deodorants clog up glands and cause you to sweat more and smell worse. Opt for an antiperspirant instead. This will decrease body odor by restricting the sweat for bacteria to thrive on. And since sweat production is lowest at night, we recommend swiping on antiperspirant in the afternoon or right before bed, giving the antiperspirant a better chance to get into pores and block perspiration. Feel free to reapply in the morning if need be, but just know the ingredients have already penetrated your sweat ducts.
Perspiration occurs more with more hair. Make sure you are trimming your armpit hair. Deodorant will only be effective if it makes direct contact with the skin. If you have too much hair then, it makes it hard to protect against odor and sweating. So give yourself a lil’ trim.
Consider going green
The problem could be your diet. Spicy food, fast food and caffeine trigger the nervous system, activating the sweat glands. Fast foods, processed or artificially flavored foods are high in fructose corn syrup. The syrup increases the number of toxins, clogging up the pores, which then mingles with sweat, producing body odor. If you’re ready to go green we recommend foods with high water content. Foods like eggs, fish, tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelons, whole grains, lean meat, and beans.
Cut back on coffee
We get it, we all need our coffee. We aren’t saying get rid of this amazing morning ritual. We are saying, don’t overdo it. A cup a day is fine but the more your drink, the more you’ll perspire. So either switch to one cup a day or go for a cold brew instead.
Upgrade your wardrobe
Pay attention to the fabrics you wear or invest in sweat-wicking shirts to keep the grease off your skin. If you’re not in a position to buy new clothes, stick to darker colors to hide sweat stains.
Hit the gym
Excess body fat has a higher internal body temperature and increases the production of sweat. Losing extra body fat will help reduce sweating.
Find your Zen
Say it with us, breathe. Meditation or other relaxing techniques will help you manage the body’s automatic functions. Things like sweating, heartbeat, blood pressure or muscle tension. Being more relaxed will considerably reduce nervous and emotional sweating.