We all know that everyone sweats when they train or find themselves in very stressful situations. Sweating, of course, allows us to effectively regulate our body temperatures. But why should we not use deodorant on our whole bodies to curtail our sweat?
The reason is that there are two types of sweat glands.
What Is Sweat?
Sweat consists mainly of water (H₂0) and salt (Na +). That's why having a sufficient level of hydration is important! If you are not properly hydrated before you train, your body will not be able to cool down and adjust your temperature appropriately. Likewise, if the fluids you lose through sweating are not replenished after training, you may become de-hydrated and experience a high body temperature. To replenish lost fluids, you can drink water and home-made electrolyte drinks. You can also add salt (preferably Himalayan salt) to your meals.
The two types of sweat gland
Eccrine and apocrine are the two types of glands present in our body.
Eccrine glands are responsible for cooling us down and are found throughout the body on the skin surface. They assist in sweat evaporation, which is a very effective way of cooling us off.
Apocrine glands are found under your arms and in the groin area, where hair follicles are also concentrated. These glands are activated when your body temperature rises, but above all when you are stressed out or experience hormonal fluctuations. Sweat here is milky in color and mixes with skin bacteria to cause an unpleasant smell.
If you sweat a lot, does it mean you are training well?
The amount of sweat you produce depends on age, weight, sex, level of physical activity, environmental conditions and genetics. In addition, a fit person will sweat more often because their body is more used to cooling itself in that manner.
How to manage sweat
1. Drink enough fluids
Many people do not drink enough fluids. Be sure to drink 30 ml per kg of body weight to start, and add 0.5 liters for light intensity, 1 liter for intermediate intensity and 1.5 liters for extreme intensity. You should drink water even when you are not thirsty. When you are thirsty, it is too late!
2. Wash before and after
If possible, wash away your makeup or any lotion that might block your pores and prevent sweating. Blocking pores can cause excessive sweating in other areas.
3. Choose the right clothes
Avoid non-breathable fabrics and choose materials that dissipate sweat. If you choose suitable clothing, you will notice the difference!
What if I sweat too much?
If you think you sweat excessively, consult a doctor! It could be hyperhidrosis, and people who suffer from it sweat even though they have not done any physical activity. It is not uncommon, and up to 5% of the population suffer from it. So, don’t be ashamed!