Oddly enough, we're always sweating, even if we don't realize it.
January 3, 2017
The Real Reasons Why Our Bodies Sweat
You're almost always sweating, whether you like it or not
There are two types of sweat glands. The first—eccrine glands—are always active, but the sweat evaporates upon reaching the surface of our skin so we don't notice it. The function of the eccrine sweat is to keep us cool and regulate our body temperature. The second type—apocrine glands—produce the substantial amounts of sweat we're used to releasing on hot and active days.
So, what's the cause for that high-volume sweat we get when the apocrine glands turn on? For most of us, there are four common triggers.
When the body kicks in to overdrive, sweat glands turn on to compensate. This is one of the fastest ways to generate large quantities of sweat, and why we so closely associate sweat with physical activity.
LACK OF AIRFLOW TO THE UNDERARMS
Ever notice a sudden clamminess under the arms when you've bundled up? Without ways for air to escape from the underarms, you create a microclimate that is conducive to sweating.
Yep, stress can trigger adrenaline which, in turn, activates the sweat glands.
The body loves to sweat when it's hot outside to keep your body temperature at a safe and constant level.
To reduce sweat production, wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing, and avoid synthetic fabrics that encourage sweating. When stressed, take a moment to treat yourself to a coping skill—like slowing your breath—to reverse or slow the sweat production process. It can be very difficult to find calm when stressed or under pressure. Think of sweating as a mindfulness tool that's presenting you with an opportunity to relax.
The Natural should not be considered medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please consult a physician.