We all sweat…some more than others. What is sweating anyway and why so much?
What is Sweat?
There are may causes of sweating. However the process of sweating is a natural reaction to your body temperature rising. There are many reasons your body temperature may rise including exercising, working outdoors in the heat and humidity, sickness or even stress and nerves. If you sweat excessively it can actually cause you problems in your social life and relationships, and perhaps even to your emotional health. When you sweat you body tells your glands to produce moisture on your skin…when this water evaporates it cools the skin and can help your body regulate the internal temperature.
How Much Should You Sweat?
There really isn’t a right or wrong here. Some people will sweat less than a liter a day while others perhaps a few liters. What should be taken into consideration is the circumstances. The hotter the air is or the more active you are in your activities should change how much you sweat. Just remember to drink enough water every day. If you are not sure how much water you should drink, read this article. Sweating is good so don’t be alarmed if you sweat more than other people. All our bodies are different. There are some things that could be alarming and signs that you may be sweating excessively.
Signs You Sweat Too Much?
If you are sitting at your office at your desk, with the AC running and you are still sweating profusely, you should probably get checked out. If you are taking medication, read about the side effects and see if this could be the cause. In hyperhidrosis, the medical term for excessive sweating, the body’s cooling mechanism is so overactive that it produces four or five times the amount of sweat that you need. About 3% of the population has excessive sweating.
What Can You Do
Since each person is different the cause and treatments are different as well. There are lots of resources to read about online to see if one seems to fit you. If however you have noticed that you recently started sweating more, or uncontrollably, you need to see your doctor. Sweating more doesn’t come with age, so changes you notice should be brought to the attention of your doctor.