Dermidry Reviews: The Natural Approach to Hyperhidrosis

Last updated on November 6th, 2019 at 01:01 am

I am going to share with you another review of a novelty product for all of those searching for a solution to hyperhidrosis.

People that sweat excessively, as I do, are often desperate for a solution. I remember how I often tried my best to avoid social gatherings like birthday parties, weddings, among others just because of my sweating problem.

However, when I knew that I had to go, I was hastily looking for the best and appropriate shirts to wear to minimize the ugly look of huge armpit sweat read more

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Why Do My Armpits Sweat So Much? Here 3 Scenarios Why

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Hi everybody,

I think the question “why do my armpits sweat so much?” is a great question and I am happy that you asked it.  It tells me that you are having a real problem and you are looking for a solution.

Did you know that I asked that same question for many years?  I rarely ever asked this question to anybody else, but to myself thousands of times.

I always felt ashamed that my armpits sweat so much and always left huge, I mean huge, sweat marks behind.  It took me years in read more

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Why Am I Hot All the Time? Discover 12 Things That Make You Hot.

Last updated on July 12th, 2019 at 03:12 am

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Our body is a wonderfully designed system that knows when things are going right, but also when things are going wrong. Did you know that having a warm body temperature or sweating all the time can be a symptom of a medical condition that requires immediate attention?

Have you also met those people that always complain about having cold extremities? They have cold hands and feet in the middle of the summer. Also, their ears and nose are always cold.

But did you know that many people’s read more

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Why Does My Sweat Smell So Bad? Understand The Odor Behind Sweat

Last updated on July 25th, 2019 at 04:20 am

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​Sweating is a function of your body that helps you keep your temperature regulated. There are anywhere between 2-4 million sweat glands all over your body, which work tirelessly to maintain your body temperature. If sweating is important for your body, why does my sweat smell so bad? I will try to answer that question in this blog post.

If only sweat would smell as good as flowers and nature, which I posted in the picture, that would be great. Reality is that sweat stinks and nobody loves read more

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There Are Benefits Of Sweating! 10 Surprising Benefits That You Should Be Aware Of

Last updated on April 9th, 2019 at 02:46 am

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Sweating can be so embarrassing. You just take a shower, dress up for the party, and just arrive, and you are already all wet because of sweat. This can leave you in a predicament.

What to do now? How to stop that embarrassment? What will my friends tell me? These are burning questions and all you wish is for sweating to disappear.  But you know what? There are benefits of sweating and you are about to learn more about some positive things that sweating does to you.

Reasons Why We Sweat

Do the above-asked questions sound familiar to you? Do you hate sweating as much as I do?  Would you rather not sweat at all?  And would you sometimes like to drop a few feet to hide?

Let me tell you: Welcome to the club. I have had excessive sweating issues for more than half of my life. And all these years, sweating has left me embarrassed quite often.

I remember my first date night very well. My armpits were completely wet long before I even met my future wife. I sweat excessively in my armpits because I was so nervous, but also because I have been suffering from primary hyperhidrosis since my early teens.

It is a good thing that my girlfriend never mentioned it that evening; she must have been sweating too. However, I did not care if she was sweating or not because I was obsessed with the fact that I was sweating.

Sweating affects your confidence and your self-image, especially if you sweat excessively.

Sweating can be induced by doing exercise, working physically, being in the hot sun, by living in humid weather, being in a sauna, among others.  But there are people that do not sweat because it is induced, but because they suffer from primary hyperhidrosis, as I do.

Although sweating can be embarrassing, there are benefits of sweating. Indeed, research has found that there are more benefits to sweating than you ever believed to be true. In this article, I will show you 10, not well-known benefits that you can “enjoy” while sweating.

Nevertheless, you must also know that induced sweating can even more benefits than you regular sweating, as is the case with people suffering from hyperhidrosis. You will find out in this article why that is so.

Interesting fact: There are people that suffer hypohidrosis, which means they do not sweat at all.  Learn more about that condition here.

10 Surprising Benefits of Sweating

When I started out on my journey to learn more about sweating, I was surprised about the many facets sweating actually has.

Sweating has an effect on your mental well-being, either negative or positive, it has so many health benefits, yet so many of us, including myself, are looking to sweat less or not at all. You might be surprised by one or the other health benefit.

1) Helps You Get Rid Of Toxins

If there is one effective way of detoxifying your body than it is sweating. Instead of juicing or doing other detox programs, you can alternate heavy induced sweating to lower cholesterol, salt, sodium, and other toxins that can be detrimental to your health.

Our wonderfully designed bodies purge all these things out through pores that are often times clogged. Why do you think some people have so many pimples?

Clogged pores or blemishes are often due to a lack of sweating. Through the foods that you eat, your levels of toxic substances increase and they do not have a way out; therefore, they settle down and that could result in pimples, blemishes, and in some cases diseases.

Induced sweating mostly means that you push or make your body sweat. You increase your body temperature through exercising, dancing, sauna and other different types of activities. When inducing sweating, you will most likely start to sweat all over the body and not just in certain parts as is the case with hyperhidrosis.

When you have your body sweating all over, you are letting your body do what it was designed for: Get rid of toxins naturally.

There are studies that show that different toxins are excreted in sweat. In fact, there is a strong belief among researchers that body toxins could be found in sweat samples, instead of using urine or blood samples. More testing needs to be done, however.

There is an interesting study that was made in Finland.  This north-European country is known for having saunas intertwined with culture.  There is an estimated sauna for every two people.  That would make at least one sauna per household.

This study found that Finnish men had a 65% lower risk of Alzheimer’s when using the sauna once per week.

What does that have to do with getting rid of toxins?

When you sweat, you release toxins produced by stress and you produce the “happy” hormones, which are essential for Alzheimer’s prevention.

Therefore, sweating helps you get rid of stress and unnecessary toxins that have a negative impact on your health in the long run.

2) Protects You From Germs

Believe it or not: Sweating protects you from germs that your body cannot get resistant too in a short time through antibiotics. Researchers believe that germs, like tuberculosis, are neutralized through sweat.

Since sweat is slightly acidic, it neutralizes infections, viruses, germs, fungi, and bacteria that your body comes in contact with. Dermcidin, the name for the protein that is responsible for breaking down harmful bacteria, is only activated through sweating.

Sweat contains antimicrobial molecules that charge positively and attract negative molecules and break them down.

It is not surprising that people living in hot weather, that are more prone to all kinds of fungus, sweat more. They need it to protect themselves from harmful bacteria that can have negative impacts on your body.

Why would we go for antibiotics every time we have an infection if our bodies make antibiotics which could fight viral infections before they enter the body.  I guess it is a necessary evil.

Inducing sweat regularly will indeed help you to stay stronger and healthier. How little attractive are the winter months when we are trying to beat the flu? There is research that found that sweating can reduce the risk of the flu by at least 30%. If this problem could be solved simply by inducing sweat regularly, who would not be willing to try that?

3) Reduces Risk Of Kidney Stones

Mild or moderate physical activity makes you sweat and get rid of excess salts in your body, yet retain calcium in the bones, which makes for stronger bones.

Surprisingly, sweating helps get rid of toxins in your body which build up over time in your kidneys.  Eventually, these toxins form stones that cause much pain.

People that sweat regularly tend to drink more water (or fluids). That is a great natural way to flush away toxins that you do not want to build up in your body.

Think of sweating as a way to keep your kidneys healthier along the way. Your kidneys are often stressed either by too few liquids or in some cases by too many. How good if you give your kidneys a break and let sweating do a part in getting rid of those toxins.

4) Reduces Harmful BPA Levels

It is no brainer that all plastics that we use every day mostly contain harmful BPA, the endocrine disruptor.

In recent years, there has been a focus towards BPA free plastics, although much has to be done to achieve that. High BPA levels in food containers are reason enough to stay away from plastic as much as possible, except when you find BPA free plastics.

Larger studies have proven that our body can get rid of BPA through sweating more effectively than through any other methods of detoxification. As stated before, metals and toxins are often reduced in our body by induced heavy sweating.

Interestingly, these elements, including heavy metals, are not excreted through urination but through sweating.

There are millions of people around the globe that lead a passive lifestyle which will not lead to sweating regularly. You have to get yourself moving, exercising, walking or doing other activities that get your body hot so your brain can signal the sweat glands to cool off.

Cooling off helps you to get rid of things you do not want your body to store.

5) Makes Healthier Skin

You could have guessed this surprising fact about sweating. By sweating frequently, as discussed before, you get rid of pimples and blemishes. Fat, sodium and other components can unclog pores that can cause skin issues.

Just like your gut needs healthy bacteria to digest food properly, your skin needs a good number of healthy bacteria to keep your skin healthy.  Sweat helps build up the good bacteria and neutralize bad bacteria.

It sounds kind of nasty to look for situations to sweat to get healthy skin, but that is very true.

As said before, I am a heavy sweater, suffering from primary hyperhidrosis, and I do not use any creams but my skin is rarely dry or cracked.  I get it, when going to a dermatologist or a beauty shop, they would have hundreds of objections to my skin.  Nevertheless, I know that my skin is staying hydrated and nurtured through sweating.

And nope, excessive sweating is not comfortable, nor a condition that you would like to run after, but there are surprising things that happen to people that sweat regularly or at least induce sweating regularly.

6) Improves Heart Health

It sounds unbelievable that sweating has something to do with heart health, but it has, and in the most logical ways.

Induced sweating means you are doing something, making an effort to get your body temperature up.  And what organ has to work harder when you are doing moderate or heavy physical activity? Your heart.

Your heart rate increases, blood vessels dilate and more blood is pumped around the body and more rapidly.  This strengthens your heart and prevents many cardiovascular diseases.

The thing that I found surprising is that regular sauna goers reaped great benefit.  By going to the sauna once per week, negative cardiovascular events were reduced dramatically over time.  Not only because you induce sweating by increasing your body temperature, but also because the sauna relaxes you and relieves stress, which contributes to heart health, undoubtedly.  There is a double benefit for the heart.

Getting passive people out of their comfort zone and get them to do things to induce sweat is not very easy.  I am a perfect example of it.  However, I try to push myself every now and then to induce sweating and not just go for the regular heavy sweating that I am suffering from.

7) Decreases Stress Hormones

Among the first things that counselors, therapists, and psychologists recommend their patients you will find exercising as part of their healing process.  The fact is that exercising, along with induced sweating, decreases stress hormones.

People suffering from anxiety, depression and other mental disorders or behaviors are seeing results after some time of exercising or getting physically active.  In some cases, exercising and eating healthy will reduce the symptoms that come along with these problems.

Cortisol levels are decreased immediately after exercise, while other hormones get the body into the right balance again.

Having experienced feeling better and happier when exercising regularly will make you want to continue to do it.

8) Boosts Hormone Production

Hormones are your medicine.  They rebuild the body and keep it healthy.  Studies show that sweating increases hormone production, which again makes you recover easier.

Recovery from illnesses and injuries can be sped up through sweating because of increased hormone production.

Have you not experienced, after a bad cold when you start to exercise again, that you feel better in no time?  We use to say, ” I need to get back on track”, but really getting back on track means to recover from illness.  And sweating does help you get “on track” quicker.

Not only can you recover quicker, but wounds will heal better with lots of sweating.  Did not I mention that sweating makes a healthy skin?  Ways for new skin are made quicker through sweating.

9) Pain Killer

You did not know that sweating actually reduces aches and pains, or?.  Endorphins produced by sweating, act as natural painkillers.

Nowadays, I often hear people say how they need Aspirin or Advil daily because of all kinds of pains.  If there is no serious cause for those pains, you should consider intense workouts or saunas to reduce pains.

As said before, the hormone boost that sweat gives to you helps with healthy skin, recovery and also act as natural painkillers.

Running around the block a few times can relieve you from a headache, or other pains.

10) Regulates Your Temperature

This is probably the most commonly known benefit; your body regulates its temperature by sweating.  You have your heating and cooling system along with you wherever you go.

Your sweat glands keep strong and healthy when sweating regularly and they can do what they were made to do much better when you sweat regularly.

Excessive sweating can be annoying and in some cases is not good for you, but if you are not sweating regularly, you need to start doing some intense workout or go into a sauna to sweat heavily at least once a week.


People that sweat excessively want to get rid of their sweat because it is so embarrassing to have those sweat marks on your clothes, or all those sweat marks that you leave behind with your feet and hands, and so on.

However, there are awesome benefits to sweating and we would not be able to get these benefits if we could not sweat.  In fact, there are people that do not sweat at all!  They do not get these benefits.

I sweat excessively pretty much all day long, especially in my armpits.  That can be very frustrating because you do not want to shower and change clothes so many times every day.

Because of that, I did my research and found solutions to that specific problem.  I learned that we have sweat glands all over our body and it does not affect us negatively if we block some of the sweat glands in order to prevent the awful sweat marks.

I am using Sweatblock, a clinical strength antiperspirant which has aluminum chloride as the active ingredient.  This product stops my sweating in the armpits for approximately 7 days.

During this time, I do not sweat in my armpits, but I do sweat a little more on other parts of my body, which is not a problem for me because sweating in the armpits is among the most embarrassing parts to sweat.  I prefer to sweat a little more on my forehead, neck, and back for the sake of keeping my armpits dry.

Sweatblock is a very effective product which I have used for quite some time and love it very much.  It has given me back my freedom and confidence which I never had after entering adolescence.

Are you sweating excessively in your armpits?  Then you should give Sweatblock a try!  It has been worth every penny for me!

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I also use the Thompson Tee undershirts every single day because sometimes I forget to apply Sweatblock.  For those days these sweat proof undershirts work wonders.  They will not let any sweat through to your outer layer of clothes because they soak up all sweat from your pits.

I also like the Thompson Tee because it is available for men and women and in different sizes, shapes, and colors.  Anybody who sweats excessively in their armpits can have the solution on hand.

I always have these undershirts ready in my closet for the day that I am in need of one for any given reason.

There is not one day where I have to worry about sweat marks in my armpits anymore, which is great.
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Why Do Spicy Foods Make You Sweat? Here Is The Answer

Last updated on April 9th, 2019 at 02:37 am

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Do you believe that spicy foods can trick your body into sweating? It is a common question that is asked by people who sweat excessively. They are looking for ways to reduce sweat and will most certainly stumble across the fact that certain foods trigger sweating more.

So, why do spicy foods make you sweat?  There is science behind the fact and I am going to outline that in this article.

What Do We Find In Spicy Foods?

Spicy food, for example, jalapeños and peppers, contain capsaicin, a chemical that produces a sense of burning in animals and humans when it comes in contact with their tissue. It is most likely a deterrent for animals and kills all kinds of fungi.

Capsaicin is used to “spice” things up and it is considered to be a chemical that releases heat. You get the burning sensation when it comes in contact with eyes, hands, mucous membranes, and other sensitive organs. When consumed in large quantities it can also have an effect on the stomach and digestive system.

This chemical does trick the human brain to believe that this sensation of burning is elevating our body temperature. That is exactly when sweating kicks in and works toward lowering the body temperature, which is actually not going up at any moment.

Consuming spicy foods can also make you flush: You turn read on your whole face and neck region. Our hypothalamus sends signals that blood vessels have to be dilated so that the sudden temperature rise can be cooled off by transporting blood through the vessels, which makes you flush.

Sweating all over your face and on top flush is not the ideal situation for a romantic dinner or an elegant festivity at a family member’s house.

What Is Gustatory Sweating

Gustatory hyperhidrosis, a term used for excessive sweating because of foods, is known as excessive sweating in the forehead, upper lip, around your mouth and chin, and also on your chest. This is known as a local hyperhidrosis because it is triggered in many (not to say most) cases by foods.

As stated before, capcaisin, a leading chemical in spicy foods, does not elevate your body temperature, but it signals the brain to believe that something has to be done to reduce the temperature quickly.

People that experience heavy sweating moments after consuming spicy foods have this condition.

If you are an excessive sweater, you might want to consider cutting down on spicy foods to avoid more triggers.

I am a heavy sweater, but more profusely in my armpits. Spicy foods are among my favorites and I rarely sweat heavily because of foods moments after eating spicy foods. This could also because I am used to spicy foods ever since and maybe my body does not react as much to it.

However, whenever I take foods that are spicier than usual, I also start to drip with sweat all over my face, which is not cool when being out with friends or family or at a meeting where spicy foods are served.

Read more about me and my struggle with excessive sweating here.

There is also a condition known as Frey Syndrome, which is when people sweat excessively because of damage that was done to the parotid gland during surgery or another trigger, such as diabetes.

In that case, the condition is known as secondary hyperhidrosis, which is when people sweat due to health issues.  You should seek medical advice as soon as possible if you suffer from it.

What Foods Contain Capsaicin?

There are many foods that have a high number of capcaisin, which you might want to avoid to not be completely sweaty by the time you walk out of the restaurant or by the time you have to do the dishes.

1) Chinese food: There is a list of Chinese foods that are very spicy, for example, Tso’s Chicken, which is a dish that is common in most Chinese restaurants across America. Other dishes that are spicy are ma po Tofu, dan dan noodles, saliva chicken, hot and sour fish soup, and the list goes on.

Sichuan dishes are often made with dried red peppers and red pepper oils which make the Chinese cuisine among the spiciest in the world. Although their foods taste really good, you want to stay away from them if they cause you embarrassment by sweating excessively.

2) Mexican cuisine: This is not new. Mexican food is known to be very spicy. (By the way, Mexican food is my all-time favorite). Most of their dishes are spicy with all those good salsas to accompany any type of dish.

Mexicans use lots of peppers for almost everything they make: Enchiladas, tacos, chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, etc. Oh, and did I mention chile rellenos and chile en nogada? What about chipotle sauces?

Again, if you prefer not to be in a sweaty mess when going out with friends to a local restaurant, just avoid the highly spicy foods.

3) Indian dishes: The signature green finger pepper is well-known to spice up Indian recipes and give you a burning sensation right where you wanted it. Being a close neighbor to China, it is no wonder that the traditions of spicy foods have found their ways in both directions.

Dishes like chilli pakoda and lamb or chicken vindaloo are very spicy, but also tasty, yet they kick up the sweat glands to give you a sparkly face before you can even do something about it.

4) Other Asian cuisines: Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Thai foods are also known for their high content of spices in them. Almost wherever you go vacationing you will find all these wonderful cuisines present and you will have to decide whether to go for these dishes or prevent sweaty embarrassments.

The list of foods that contain continues and there are many other countries that are well-known for signature foods that are very spicy.

As I said before if you have detected gustatory hyperhidrosis within you, stay away from these foods. It can be really embarrassing to sweat all over in no time after you start eating.

What Can You Do About Gustatory Sweating?

There is not a magical recipe as to what you can do to reduce gustatory sweating except for cutting down on spicy foods or foods that trigger excessive sweating.

If you have seen excessive sweating on the above-described parts only recently, it is highly important that you check first if it is gustatory sweating (which is local) or if you have secondary hyperhidrosis, in which case you should see a doctor immediately.

Also, if you sweat regularly, not especially right after you eat, you could as well have primary hyperhidrosis, in which case you need to find a solution to what can become a lifelong struggle, yet not a dangerous disease.

Click here to read more about primary (focal) hyperhidrosis and my recommended solutions.

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What Is Nervous Sweating And Are There Solutions To It?

Last updated on April 9th, 2019 at 02:28 am

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A very good question has come up, namely, what is nervous sweating?  In this article, I will share with you information about what is nervous sweating and possible solutions.

Nervous sweating as a condition known to happen when people get very nervous and insecure about themselves because of sweating excessively in front of others. For some people, this problem gets extremely bad, even to the point that all their life is filled with it.

They imagine that others will see them sweating that much or even think they are sick, or that it must be really hot in the room, or anything else. Eventually, they dread being among people.

I am one of these people suffering not only from nervous sweating but primary hyperhidrosis. Although I have found a highly effective treatment for this condition, this is a real problem and condition that is super embarrassing. Every time I had to leave the house for a social gathering, presentation, or anything related to being in public, I was afraid of what people would think of me and my awful sweat stains in my armpits.

Although I am sure some people never noticed my sweat stains, others will have often wondered what happened to me. Good thing was that only a few people ever addressed my sweat problem. There is a good chance that you have not been treated so generously.

If you have never lived excessive sweating, you have no idea how awful it is to give somebody a hug. My armpits were usually completely wet and giving somebody a hug for a birthday, to congratulate someone, or to greet someone, was as embarrassing as can be.

When you sweat excessively in your armpits, you are afraid to lift your arms up to shake somebody’s hand, you don’t like to sign papers because people standing beside you will see the huge sweat stains. You do not like to sit beside somebody very closely, because your arms could touch and they could feel the sweat. There are so many things that you are afraid of when suffering from nervous sweating.

As I said before, I think there are people that never notice it or do not pay attention to that but it can be very embarrassing for the person that is suffering from it.

How Does Nervous Sweating Affect Your Confidence

Nervous sweating happens exactly when you dread to do the things that I just mentioned. You get nervous about sweating so much that you do sweat when you are among other people. This worries you that much, that you start to sweat even more.

Especially when you sweat in your armpits excessively, your clothes get so wet and the ugly sweat stains that are so obvious that you are not sure what to wear.

Some people think the color of clothing makes a difference and to some degree it does, but wearing dark clothes or very light colored clothes is not always enough for a heavy sweater.

In my case, there was only one brand of shirts that I wore because they would show the sweat stains the least.

If you wear a suit jacket, a sweater, a regular jacket or whatever it is, in my case, it often came through the top layer of clothes as well in no time.

I remember the many times during our annual Christmas program when I showered just before the program, went to the program, and came back home immediately to shower again and take the wet clothes off. My suit jacket was completely wet in the armpits after a maximum of 2 hours away.

The only good thing was that the suit jacket was the top layer and sweat didn’t come through or show until more at the end of the program, so I could hide my sweat stains a little better for at least the first hour. However, wearing a dark gray suit jacket or a light gray was the worst to do. One year I wore a dark gray suit jacket and in no time did I have huge armpit stains. How embarrassing.

Nervous sweating is a real condition and it’s not just something you imagine or provoke. Because I have experienced this for many years, I know that people suffering from it can do little about it. I sweat a lot, and to some degree, my body temperature is usually warmer than it would be under normal circumstances.

So even during the winter months, I am not the one to wear fat jackets (OK, where I live it is not -40 in the winter). However, for me, I would love to have air condition all the time. I don’t like to put on jackets or sweaters, because I am not the kind of person that is freezing easily.

Because I often mentioned among my colleagues and friends how warm it was, one day one of the said something I cannot forget. The person told me that she didn’t believe that it was really warm nor did she believe that I was sweating so much.

She just mentioned that it was a psychological issue and that I had made up my mind that it would be warm, and would be sweating.  That person mentioned that it was all there was to it.  It was not hot, nor did I sweat that much.

At that time, I was very upset when I was told that. How could I help my excessive sweating? That person had no idea what I was going through to be socially active and then to say something like that? No way.

But in a way, the person was right. No, I did not pretend that I was sweating. I did not pretend that it was hot. That was all true, but nervous sweating can interfere with your daily routine in a way that you cannot believe is true.

When sweating excessively, you get so obsessed with it, that you cannot think of other things. You get frightened of sweating excessively when you go out and because it happens, it just gets worse.

Every single thing I did outside of my home was “painted” with sweating. For instance, what I should dress for church, what I should wear for the football game, what I should wear to the gym, etc. That is not a good feeling.

After many years, I somehow managed to live with this problem and sometimes I even felt that it didn’t bother me anymore. However, the day I found a solution to it, I will never forget how free and relieved I really felt.

It is like carrying a bag around for years and suddenly you put it down and will not need to carry it anymore. And let me tell you, that is actually going on “behind the scenes” of your brain. I did not know how much it affected me until I got rid of the problem.

Is Nervous Sweating A Phobia Or Is It Hyperhidrosis?

In a way, nervous sweating is social phobia. However, it is not very likely that you only sweat heavily in your active social life. If that would be the case, then nervous sweating would be a social phobia. There are some reported cases where nervous sweating was a phobia because people only experienced excessive sweating when among people. They get so nervous among people that they start to sweat.

However, if you sweat excessively no matter where you are and what you are doing, you are suffering from hyperhidrosis. I sweat a lot when among people, because of the embarrassment, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t sweat when being at home or alone. I sweat in my armpits excessively when alone or when working outside. But since my wife knew about the problem and she accepted it as something that was part of me, it didn’t bother me as much at home as when not home.

There are 2 types of hyperhidrosis:

a) Primary hyperhidrosis: This condition is when you sweat excessively without knowing what the underlying cause is. In fact, there is no known cause for primary hyperhidrosis other than that your sweat glands just don’t know when to stop producing sweat and when not.

To some degree, this is a hormonal imbalance, but no cure to balance the sweat glands has been found. Primary hyperhidrosis usually starts in the early teens or in early adulthood.

b) Secondary hyperhidrosis: This condition is when you sweat excessively with a given cause. There are many triggers like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, pregnancy, hyperthyroidism, among others that can cause excessive sweating.

However, in this case, sweating will come and go as you are being treated properly for it. Also, secondary hyperhidrosis is not just excessive armpit, feet, palms or forehead sweating. It can occur in any part of the body, and often also happens asymmetrically (for example the right armpit, the left leg, etc.).

If you are experiencing excessive sweating recently and you experience other symptoms with it, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor immediately to out rule serious medical conditions.

Stages Of Nervous Sweating

A person that suffers from nervous sweating passes through a few phases as nervous sweating develops.

1) Awareness. If everybody on earth would sweat alike, sweating would not be seen as a shameful flaw. But since we all have different sweating patterns, people that suffer from hyperhidrosis overemphasize their problem and see themselves in a predicament out of which they see no way out. Nervous sweating has some roots in our fears that we hide deep within us.

The first step is becoming aware that you have the problem of sweating excessively and especially at social gatherings. All people that have this condition remember the first moment they ever faced the problem or they recall the first comment that was made about the sweating that will stick with them forever.

This is the first detrimental stage of nervous sweating that wants to tear us down along the way.

2) Anticipation. Because you are now aware of the problem, you start to anticipate that you will sweat every time that you go to social gatherings, or to places where you will have to interact with people. You dread the moment of shaking hands (if you sweat excessively in your palms), or the moment your sweat will drip from your nose, or the moment you have to show something on the whiteboard by lifting your arms.

You then create a completely new mindset about sweating. It seems like every move you make is done with excessive sweating in mind.

By this, you train your mind to think that you should be looking for solutions to keep this from happening. You try all kinds of things, but in the end, things get only wore because your body reacts to your overreaction.

This sounds like an easy way, and also it sounds as if it was easy not to go it. However, I have been there. I know exactly what it is like to go through these phases. And having to anticipate excessive sweating is awful.

Being a teacher for many years, you can imagine how I dreaded doing explanations on a whiteboard. I am exposed to people every single day. Thank goodness, I found a solution.

You might ask how I could be teaching in that condition if I felt so bad about myself. I call that passion. Teaching has been my passion and still continues to be. I worked with smaller kids at the beginning and that was not as bad.

Working in middle school was different. I just chose my clothes carefully. However, my students noticed my problem and would make comments about it sometimes. I was always nervous about sweating in school, but as I say, passion weighed more than my problem.

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5 Ways To Reduce Sweating Naturally: A Must Read For Hyperhidrosis Sufferers.

Last updated on April 9th, 2019 at 02:11 am

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When people have a common health problem, they look for solutions to them.  But more often, people want a natural way to get rid of that problem.

That is not different with sweating, a common problem, yet one that can interfere in your day to day life.  People that sweat a lot are always looking for ways to reduce sweating naturally.  They want to avoid the chemicals and synthetic products, because they know that they will be needing the solution for a long time, and not just a quick fix.

There is 4-5% of the population that sweats excessively.  People with this condition (called hyperhidrosis) sweat so much that it becomes a part of life, yet it is highly annoying and embarrassing. If you suffer from this condition, you try to avoid social gatherings, going out to restaurants, meet friends, etc, because it is something you cannot help.

Hyperhidrosis is divided into two different types: Primary and secondary hyperhidrosis.  The first one refers to a condition that has yet to be explained by research.  Individuals suffering from primary hyperhidrosis have no medical condition that makes them sweat.  They sweat for no obvious reasons.  And this condition does not have a negative impact on your health but can lead to mental health problems.

Secondary hyperhidrosis is when people sweat excessively due to a medical condition, which could be obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and others.  If you have started sweating recently, accompanied by other symptoms, you should seek immediate medical help.

Why Do We Sweat?

When looking for natural solutions to a sweating problem, we have to understand why we sweat.

We have two types of sweat glands all over our body: The eccrine and apocrine sweat glands.  The first ones are responsible to maintain your body temperature.  Whenever your body temperature rises, your brain triggers the eccrine glands to start producing sweat, which takes along heat as it comes out through the pores.

This system is the most effective cooling system that was ever designed.  Sweat from the eccrine sweat glands is made up of mostly water, which is why it does not leave a bad odor behind.

Contrary to the eccrine sweat glands, the apocrine sweat glands develop during puberty and are linked to the nervous system.  Whenever you are stimulated by any given factor, these sweat glands set in and produce a thick substance that contains proteins, fats, and others.

The apocrine sweat glands are located in your armpits, palms, groin, feet, and forehead.

In short, we sweat because our bodies need to cool down, and our bodies need to be able to leave adrenaline somewhere.

For example, if you walk down the street and somebody wants to rob you, you will get nervous and angry in the first place.  So your nervous system needs to get rid of the adrenaline that is being rushed through your body. You will start sweating from your apocrine glands right then and there.

And since your heart is racing because of the adrenaline, your body temperature will rise, which will make you sweat on other parts of the body through the eccrine sweat glands.

Your body is just trying to protect itself and make things easier through sweating.  Therefore, sweating is a needed and important body function.

My Life With Hyperhidrosis

For well over a decade, I have been sweating excessively.  I suffer from primary hyperhidrosis.  And all these years I have been wondering if I would have to live with this situation for the rest of my life.

I was always stressed because I could not buy the clothes that I would have wanted.  For example, I wore a dark jacket, sweater or suit jacket often in the middle of the summer because I was dripping from my armpits.

Living in a country where you greet people with a hug most of the time, I always dreaded seeing people that I knew would expect a hug as a greeting. That was SOOO embarrassing to me.  What if they felt my wet pits? What would they think of it?

I was actively searching for solutions to the problem.  I tried many different things like natural remedies, antiperspirants, deodorants, among others.  However, since not one of these brought me the needed “sweat-freedom”, I figured I would have to live with this condition forever.


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7 Best Natural Remedies for Hyperhidrosis

Last updated on April 9th, 2019 at 12:34 am

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Today’s society is all the time more focused on natural approaches to issues with our bodies.  And sweating is no exception.  People have been looking for holistic and natural remedies for hyperhidrosis and lots has been written about it.

But is it effective and are there natural remedies?  Continue to read and you will find out.

Hyperhidrosis is a condition that affects close to 5% of the population in which people sweat for no obvious reason. If there is no medical condition diagnosed, but you still sweat excessively in your armpits, feet, palms, and groin, you could be suffering from primary hyperhidrosis.

Only people that suffer from primary hyperhidrosis know exactly what it is to have wet clothes, especially in the underarms almost all the time. Others that have never experienced it, have no idea how it feels and they consider it a small thing. However, the people that suffer from excessive sweating are constantly embarrassed by sweat dripping from their nose, sweaty hands, huge armpit stains, and others.

If you think that you sweat because of a medical reason, you could be suffering from secondary hyperhidrosis.

Dealing with hyperhidrosis severely affects the confidence of those people suffering from it. You wish to not have to socialize because you are ashamed of your sweat problem. Nor do you exactly know what to dress: Skin tight clothes immediately have stains, baggy clothes are uncomfortable, dark clothes are too hot, and the list goes on.

And what do you wear? Dark clothes because that is the only way to hide the problem a little better.  Therefore, you choose baggy dark clothes.

It is very difficult to find a solution to the problem.  I have tried for many years.  The only solution that I knew of were natural remedies.  However, they were not as effective as I had thought they would be.

Nevertheless, they do have an effect and they do reduce heavy sweating a little.

In this article, I am going to share with you 7 natural remedies that you can use to reduce your excessive sweating problem.

7 Natural remedies for Hyperhidrosis

Over the history of mankind, people have searched for solutions to excessive sweating and they have tried many things to solve that problem.

There are many remedies that are well-known to help reduce hyperhidrosis, but non of the natural remedies stop sweating completely.

Here are the 7 best natural remedies that can reduce your sweating.

1) Food

In my list of natural remedies for hyperhidrosis, the first one is definitely food.  Primary hyperhidrosis can be reduced by eating whole, raw, fresh, unprocessed foods. The saying “You are what you eat” is so true when it comes to sweating.

Your diet has an effect on your health, your skin, your body complexion, your mood and many more, even how much you sweat.

Nowadays, with the multitude of highly processed foods and fats in our diet, it is no wonder why we sweat more. Fast foods, fats, junk food, chocolate, flour, sugar, and all the unhealthy things are extremely low in fiber and they have too few useful enzymes to help you digest the food. Your body has to work twice as much as normal to get digest the foods, which in turn triggers sweating.

Sweating is caused when our body needs to cool down, and with your gut working twice as much on processed, fatty foods as on whole, raw, fresh foods, makes that you need a cool down.

In my case, eating whole, fresh and raw produce has not helped much in reducing my sweating problem. What I have noticed is that I sweat a little less when I do not overeat. When I count my calories and fresh, raw, and healthy foods, I can see a little decrease in sweating.

However, as stated before, this is not a complete solution to the sweating problem; it only helps to reduce it a little.

Individuals that are overweight or obese, as much as people that do not do exercise regularly will notice a difference when changing their eating habits.

One thing I have experienced over the years (I have switched my eating habits completely over the past 3 years) is that my sweat smells very different when eating fresh food.  And I have also found that sweating is less when I eat very healthy.

What foods specifically trigger sweating?

a) Spicy foods. I live in Mexico and we eat lots of jalapeños and other spicy foods. Your sweat glands react to spicy foods just like you do when eating a jalapeño. You feel the need to drink or to cool off.

You sometimes even start to sweat when eating spicy foods, because your body perceives a temperature increase. The brain signals that your body needs to cool down as if you had worked hard. If you want to reduce sweating, you could try by avoiding spicy foods.

b) Caffeinated drinks. It is nothing new that caffeine is a stimulant. Why else would you drink coffee beside of the good taste? In most cases, people drink coffee to avoid getting tired or sleepy. Caffeine triggers your heart rate, your brain activity, and your digestive system to boost them and help them stay “awake”.

At the same time, caffeine triggers your sweat glands, since it is a stimulant for the nervous system. Some people sweat more due to drinking too many caffeinated drinks.

I recommend drinking water instead of coffee if you suffer from hyperhidrosis.

c) Alcoholic beverages and cigarettes. Caffeinated drinks, alcohol, and cigarettes do the same to your body: They increase the heart rate. Your blood vessels are dilated which causes your brain to signal a needed cool down, which in turn triggers the sweat glands to start doing their job.

d) Ice cream. In my research, I found that ice cream actually makes you sweat more than it helps you cool down on a hot summer day.

When it comes down on what foods to avoid to decrease sweating, it mostly has to do with processed, fatty foods that lack enzymes and fiber to help digest. And since digestion takes much more effort, your body temperature tends to rise, which triggers the sweat glands.

There is a long list of foods that you should avoid if you want to sweat less. The most important thing is to eat lots of vegetables and fruits, because they help all give your body enzymes, contain fiber and aid digestion without increasing body temperature because of hard work.

2) Exercise

If you suffer from hyperhidrosis, one thing you can do to reduce sweat levels is to exercise. It is debated whether exercise is effective or not to reduce hyperhidrosis.

Personally, I have tried to exercise and see what effects it would have. I can say that it only has an effect for a maximum of 2 hours after finishing your fitness routine; sometimes even not that long. Whenever the nervous sweat glands are active, you start sweating again, whether you have exercised or not.

However, if you have moderate hyperhidrosis, you should consider doing exercise and see what effects you have.

3) Homemade Deodorants

I remember very well a few years ago that I was fed up with excessive sweating and I decided to learn techniques to stop it for good. I came across different natural remedies for hyperhidrosis, including recipes of natural homemade deodorants that were supposed to do the trick.

It is very easy, mix a little of baking soda with lemon juice well and apply on your armpits before bedtime. Let it stay on for at least 30 minutes and wash off.

This natural remedy is time-consuming and not for everybody. However, you get a result. You cannot stop hyperhidrosis with natural remedies completely. I tried this for some time and I got a result except if nervousness triggered my sweating. Whenever I was working in my office or did not have a meeting or something where I would be exposed too much, I did sweat a little less than I would sweat normally. However, I was not happy with this recipe because of time consumption and compared to the little effect it had, it was not worth investing that much time.

There are other recipes that claim to work. Instead of mixing baking soda with lemon juice, you can powder baking soda into your armpits and leave it one for the day. Baking soda is known to soak up wetness; therefore, it can soak up the sweat. Nevertheless, be careful because it can cause skin irritation. This seemed to work with me, but after 2 days my armpits were so irritated, that I had to apply a balm to be able to hold my arms down. I know that my skin is more sensitive in that area than other people’s skin, so giving it a try is worth it.

Cornstarch mixed with baking soda is another great way to help reduce hyperhidrosis.

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4) Exfoliation

When your pores are clogged because of deodorants, soaps, and other products that you put on daily into your armpits, exfoliation can help reduce sweating if unclogged. Essentially, it means that by unclogging all pores in your armpits, your sweat can come out of all the pores and not so much in just one place.

I’ve tried exfoliation multiple times and I would say that the result was not as significant as I thought it would be. Yes, my armpits felt somewhat cleaner and “unclogged”.

I mentioned it before, natural remedies for hyperhidrosis are effective up to some degree only. In my case, whenever I went to church, meeting, presentation, or where I would be socially active, the nervous sweat glands were activated and I started sweating excessively. However, I would regularly sweat very much during the day and with these natural remedies, I would not sweat so much during the days in my daily activities that do not involve social life. It might sound bizarre, but my sweating was and still is that bad that I could not help myself wishing over and over again that this would somehow magically stop.

5) Teas

There are teas, like sage, chamomile and black tea that research claims to be among effective natural remedies for hyperhidrosis. However, I never paid attention to any of this to see how effective they really are.  I drink lots of different teas and I have not found much success in it.

Nevertheless, the science behind these claims is that you relax with these teas and when you are not stressed or nervous, your sweat glands should shut off. I can see how it will help to some degree. Say, you have a romantic dinner with your wife and you drink a tea before you go out, it will certainly relax you and it could have a positive effect on your sweating.

However, when going out for a date with your fiancee, or leading the church choir, a tea will not do the trick. You need something else to really stop sweating excessively. It all depends on how much you sweat.  Mild to moderate hyperhidrosis could be positively affected.

For people that only sweat heavier sometimes, this could be a great trick.

Not only can you drink teas to reduce excessive sweating, but you can also apply the soaked tea bag directly to your armpits and let air dry. You just have to be careful what teas you apply to avoid skin irritation.

6) Drink Water

Drinking water is not only healthy to replenish the much-needed liquids that you lose through urination, breathing, sweating and evaporation, it is also effective in flushing away toxins in your body. Hormonal imbalances can be caused by toxins in your body, of which you can get rid off by drinking water regularly.

In my case, drinking water does not reduce sweating significantly. However, I cannot say that for sure, because I drink plenty of water regularly for years already, not to reduce sweating but for health. On days when I forget to drink as much water as I normally would, my sweating goes up a little, but it never reduces to the point where it is gone for a few hours.

The benefit of drinking water regularly is to better the smell of your sweat. People suffering from hyperhidrosis typically hide their secret behind sweaters and jackets. However, jackets and sweaters stink terribly after only a few uses because heavy sweating smells bad.

I have been able to reduce the bad smell of sweating ever since I started to drink water regularly, which has been for many years already. Drinking water is well worth for your health but also to stop smelling so bad in your armpits.

7) Tomato Juice

Tomatoes are high in antioxidants and astringent properties which reduces or shrinks the pores on your skin. I have never tried this natural remedy for excessive sweating, but it could be as effective as the other mentioned remedies.

You apply tomato juice directly to your (preferably shaved or trimmed) armpits for 20 minutes before bedtime. Wash off after application and repeat for 2 weeks daily. You should see a positive effect on your sweating by then.

Also, add tomatoes to your diet to get the health benefits as well as reduction of sweating levels.

Tips To Reduce Hyperhidrosis

Not only can you use natural remedies for hyperhidrosis to reduce excessive sweating, but you can also make some changes to your lifestyle to reduce stress levels and therefore reducing sweating.

  1. Avoid stressful situations. Use meditation to calm down and reduce stress and anxiety levels.

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