With that said, the use of a natural deodorant may be your best and most convenient choice. As the name implies, these are deodorants that don’t contain any artificial ingredients or aluminum compounds that cause changes in the estrogen receptors of the breast cells. What’s more, you can even make these deodorants yourself with common household ingredients.
What is Sweating?
You have about five million sweat glands throughout your body, and there are two types of sweat glands: Apocrine and Eccrine glands. The Apocrine glands are primarily found in your armpits while the Eccrine glands are spread throughout your body.
If you’re concerned about excessive sweating, it’s usually due to your Apocrine glands. Associated with hair follicles, these glands secrete fatty sweat molecules into the gland tubule. When these tubule walls expand, they then expel fatty secretion on to the skin. As bacteria break these secretions into fatty acids, it releases an odor.
The Reason We Use Underarm Deodorants
The reason that you only apply an antiperspirant under your armpits rather spray an antiperspirant all over your body is that your armpits are where the Apocrine glands are most concentrated.
Why We Sweat All Over
When you sweat all over, it’s because heat has triggered your Eccrine glands to respond. By sweating, your body can cool down and restore its normal temperature levels.
This type of sweating occurs when you increase your body’s temperature by running outdoors, by working out in a gym with poor ventilation, or by doing some work out in the hot sun. Eccrine glands help you sweat all over your body but cause far less odor.
5 Primary Causes of Sweating
There are many reasons why you may sweat excessively. Here are a few common reasons:
1. You are in a hot environment or you have too many clothes on in a warm environment, which causes you to be too hot. Your body sweats to help you cool down.
2. You are exercising, either in a hot, stuffy building or outside where the temperature is hot or humid. Again, you sweat to cool down to regulate your internal body temperature
3. You are nervous about something. Usually, this happens during a social occasion, like asking for a date, sitting at a job interview, or giving a public speech. Your nervousness triggers a fight-flight response and causes your hormones to cascade throughout your body. This increase in hormonal activity, in turn, causes your heart rate to increase dramatically. Since you’re now burning up more energy, it raises your body temperature. In essence, you sweat to help your body cool down.
3. You are feeling strong emotions, like stress, excitement, or anger. Although you’re not nervous, your sweat glands are still activated in the same way. In fact, you could be feeling intense happiness or love. Any strong emotion, whether positive or negative, is enough to increase your production of stress.
4. You drink hot coffee. Coffee has been known to cause excessive sweating for two reasons: one, the caffeine stimulates your central nervous systems; and two, the heat of the beverage increases your body’s temperature.
5. You eat hot, spicy foods. Spicy foods will excite skin receptors responsive to heat. Although the spices are triggering your body’s pain fibers (polymodal nociceptors), your central nervous system interprets the heat from chili peppers the same way it would as if you were feeling highly nervous about something.
In conclusion, it’s important to understand that excessive sweating is just your body trying to self-regulate its internal homeostasis. It’s perfectly normal. Fortunately, there are many solutions. You have many options and you only need to try out a few things to find out what works best for you. Perhaps, it could be trying a new deodorant or antiperspirant, taking cold showers, wearing moisture-wicking clothing, turning on the air conditioning. You’ll need to experiment to see what works best for you.