30 Natural Ways to Sweat Less
Is Excessive Sweating Affecting Your Life?
Are you one of those people who can't stay dry? Are you often embarrassed of your sopping wet armpits and constantly stained undershirts? Basically: Do you feel like you're sweating too much?
If so, here is a list of simple and inexpensive methods you can try that might control, or reduce your sweating. They can all be done at home and don't require any special treatment at a facility.
Excessive body sweating may lead to low self-esteem and confidence. To make matters worse, out of self-pity and frustration, many tend to shy away from social events to avoid embarrassment. Many people may think you're not hygienic or healthy, when, really, this condition can't be helped.
This condition is known as as hyperhidrosis. It affects about 1% of all populations and mainly targets the palms or soles of the feet. It occurs when the sympathetic nervous system gets overactive and creates more sweat than needed.
If you think it’s a serious problem, it would be best to consult a medical professional. For easy, non-prescriptive, and natural ways to stop the sweating on your own, see below for some simple tips.
Tips to Help You Reduce or Stop Sweating
- Stay calm. Stress and nervousness instantly triggers the sweat glands.
- Cut down your caffeine intake. Caffeine tends to create anxiety which, in turn, triggers the body to sweat excessively. In itself, it is also a trigger for sweating.
- Acupuncture. It may look painful, but it's not. Acupuncture targets certain body parts to balance energy and also relaxes the brain by controlling the hypothalamus, which leads to sweat reduction. It might work for you.
- Take a cold shower. In spite of the discomfort of a cold shower, it really works wonders. While you're at it, try using an antibacterial soap to ensure the body is clean and odor-free.
- Avoid taking hot baths. While baths may be useful in eliminating toxins through increased body temperature, the problems of excessive sweating surely outweigh their benefits.
- Drink tomato juice. This is my own, personal handy tip. I love tomato juice and it has helped me reduce my sweating. All those extra vitamins and nutrients come in handy. Some sources recommend drinking a glass a day to get the benefits.
- Drink a lot of water. Hydration keeps body temperatures low, helping prevent sweating. Water is vital to life. It effectively flushes out excess minerals and pushes out all toxins and waste products. Experts recommend six to eight glasses of water everyday.
- Avoid sugary, spicy, and chemically-processed foods. You are what you eat. Spicy foods may be delightful, tasty, and even healthy, but they do cause your body to sweat more frequently after you eat them. A large intake of chemical toxins will aggravate sweating. The same goes for high fructose syrup used by some manufactures to sweeten food. It gets even worse especially for overweight people. Any of those instant, pre-made, packaged, frozen, greasy, ready-to-eat and fast foods are an absolute no no.
- Eat the “right” foods. Fewer complex B vitamins in your body means it cannot allow for an efficient absorption of nutrients and a proper breakdown of toxins and body waste. This means a strained body which leads to more sweat.
So what foods should you eat?
- Whole grains—These are great sources of B-vitamins and fiber.
- Fresh fruits—Whatever your preference, fresh fruits in general should form a crucial component in your daily regimen. Any will do, including cherries, peaches, watermelons, apples, oranges, and plums. The list is endless. You could try having a fruit salad for breakfast or pack it as a snack in between meals.
- Vegetables—If you don’t like just salads, veggies are excellent too as they are rich in B Vitamins.
- Proteins—Recommended: Fish, eggs, and moderate amounts of red meat. As for vegetarians, beans, tofu, and eggs work well, too. If you can, avoid deep-fried foods like the plague.
- Rub your armpits with cotton pads soaked in baking soda and lemon juice. The mixture is cooling and helps control foul odor.
- Some cold water for the road. There’s no better cold drink than water, especially on a hot day. Cold water is essential to reduce stress, regulate body temperature, and keep those sweat glands under control. Make sure you always have a bottle or canteen with you, especially while mobile or traveling.
- Use sage. Taking sage either in pill or tea form may help regulate sweat production.
- Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs. This is an absolute no-brainer. These chemicals make it harder for the body to control sweating because they cause a delay in blood circulation.
- Yoga. Yoga is one of the best natural ways to control excessive sweating. This can be through meditation, calming down the nerves, and then subsequently lessening sweat production. Since yoga teaches proper breathing, it works well especially when one is stressed or uneasy.
- Avoid hot drinks. When it comes to excessive sweating, hot beverages (especially coffee) are your worst enemy. Imagine the effect they give if you are just about to go for an important meeting or make a presentation. Try going for fresh-squeezed juice, lemonade, or iced beverages to regulate your temperature.
- Avoid nylons and polyesters. Wear natural fibers. Cotton and wool are preferable in helping the skin “breathe.” They provide ample space around the armpit area which allow for evaporation and free flow of air.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes. If your clothing is too tight, you are depriving your skin enough air to circulate around it. This increases sweating and triggers the sweat glands to produce more. During especially hot weather, it’s a good idea to keep your collar open or simply wear light clothes, like a T-shirt and linen pants.
- Carry an extra shirt. Be smart and keep a change of clothes if possible, particularly during hot days.
- Wear undershirts. High quality undershirts made of cotton or just a T-shirt will help absorb body sweat and make it evaporate fast.
- Starch your shirts. Starching prevents the shirts from sticking to your body, which in turn keeps the body cool because the space inside allows for circulation of air.
- Keep your head cool. When exposed to the sun for long periods of time, a hat and shades will come in handy. Sunglasses help protect your eyes from extremely bright conditions and harmful ultraviolet rays. Opt for sunglasses with polarized lenses and reflective coating. A hat protects the head from heating and sunstroke.
- Wear socks. Socks help keep the feet cooler by absorbing feet perspiration and also yields faster evaporation.
- Shave those underarms and groin areas. Shaving is one of the most effective natural methods to overcoming excessive sweating. The reason is simple: Accumulation of sweat tends to occur around the hairs. As a result, bacteria will soon start feeding on them with great vigor. In no time, the underarms will emit an unpleasant odor, due to the toxins discharged by the bacteria. Reducing the amount of hair can also let air reach those places and make them cooler.
- Lose some weight. It’s a fact that 90% of people who suffer from excess sweating are overweight. Cutting down on that extra weight drastically increases your chances of dealing with excess body sweat.
- Use the bathroom. The bathroom is a good place to make some last minute preparations. You can change clothes, apply deodorant, or simply clean up excess sweat using cold water.
- Don’t exercise before important events. Exercise is good for the body and an important routine for healthy living. However, an intense workout increases your body temperature and that means more sweat. If you really must exercise, keep your stress levels low to reduce excess sweating. Also, when you’re done, see the tip above about a cold shower. :-)
- Keep your cool in air-conditioned places. When you are traveling or just walking, make periodic stops at a few air-conditioned places to control your body temperature.
- Arrive early. Avoid rushing to work, important appointments, meetings or even that dinner date. Make it a habit to always leave early. By arriving well ahead of time, your stress and anxiety levels are low. Moreover, you won't be exerting yourself rushing around and the extra time will help you cool down. You could even use the free time to drink cold water.
- Use over-the-counter anti-perspirant. Check into a pharmacy and look for a product with aluminum chloride as its active ingredient. This helps in reducing excess sweating by blocking the sweat pores. Apply it at night and then one again in the morning. You can also apply this to your back, feet, and hands.
- Use garment shields. If you don't want pit stains, these handy things stick on the inside of your shirt and help prevent sweat from leaking through. True, it doesn't actually stop the sweat but at least it helps control how noticeable it is.
When Sweating Is a Medical Problem
Most people only sweat when they are exerting themselves, as sweat is the body's way of trying to keep itself cool. For some people, however, heavy sweating is a part of life. For many, it's just a hassle that they have to deal with, but for others it could be a serious medical condition.
If you just sweat more than others when it's hot out or when you're exercising, that's usually not a problem. It's when you're sweating profusely for no apparent reason that it could be a signal of something deeper.
Excessive sweating is called hyperhidrosis. There are two kinds, one that causes sweating only in specific areas, like the hands or feet (primal focal hyperhidrosis), and one that causes sweating all over. If you have the former, it's probably not a medical issue, though it can be really annoying.
If you're sweating all over (secondary general hyperhidrosis), that's a sign there could be a deeper issue. One easily recognizable sign is sweating at night. There are many causes of secondary general hyperhidrosis, such as pregnancy, menopause, and diabetes. Some medications can also cause this issue.
According to WebMD, you should see a doctor if you're experiencing:
- Night sweats
- Sweating all over
- Asymmetrical sweating, such as sweating in just one armpit and not in the other
- Sudden changes in sweating
- If you develop sweating later on in life, as hyperhidrosis usually develops as a kid
- Symptoms after medication changes
- Sweating accompanied by other symptoms like a cough, fatigue, insomnia, increased thirst or urination
If you're really being bothered by excessive sweating, you should see your doctor even if you don't have the above symptoms.
Medical Treatments for Hyperhidrosis
There is no cure for localized hyperhidrosis, but there are some medical solutions that may help. These are not "natural" treatments, but they have been medically proven to help control sweating. This is the order in which they are usually tried:
- Over-the-counter antiperspirants with aluminum chloride
- Prescription-strength antiperspirants with aluminum chloride hexahydrate
- Iontophoresis, a treatment that passes electricity into the skn through a layer of water
- Oral medications
- Microwave destruction
Talk to your doctor about these options if sweating is a severe issue for you. Secondary general hyperhidrosis is generally cured by managing or treating the underlying condition that is causing it.
If you have hyperhidrosis or just sweat a lot, you're not alone. Get the help you need as soon as possible so you can living a life with less sweat.
Don't Give Up
Sweating is a natural process, but it can turn dreadful if it goes out of hand. You can take comfort that you are not alone. Though various treatments are available, the natural methods of preventing excessive body sweating which are inexpensive and easier to implement.
You can now gain your freedom and start living and enjoying life without dreading the warm days. Save yourself the embarrassment and banish all worries of wet underarms and sweaty palms quickly, easily, and naturally.
With some planning and effort, you don't have to feel frustrated and embarrassed anymore.
- Griffin, R. Morgan. Reviewed by Norman Levine, MD, on Sept. 7, 2011. "Is Your Excessive Sweating Caused by a Medical Problem?" WebMD. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
- Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD, on May 19, 2016. "Excessive Sweating in Women — Tips to Stay Dry" (slideshow). WebMD. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
- Cole, Gary W., MD, FAAD. "Hyperhidrosis." MedicineNet. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.