Odaban Review: Another Effective Sweat Stopper?

If you have suffered from hyperhidrosis for many years, like I have for almost 2 decades, and have looked for a solution to your excessive sweating problem, look no further. I got you covered with this honest and full Odaban review.

In this review, I will talk about the history of Odaban, what it is, pros and cons, and how to use it. And of course, I will share my favorite product that has stopped my excessive sweating problem.

What is Hyperhidrosis?

Before I share all about Odaban, I need to tell you who should use Odaban and who should not use it. read more

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How to Reduce Sweating in Armpits

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As much as sweating is healthy for your skin and helps you regulate the temperature of your body, sweating in your armpits can get in the way and prevent you from having a normal life.

Today I will show you how to reduce sweating in armpits. So stay tuned to the end of this post and check what I did to not only reduce sweating but stop it completely.

My Story

I have lived with axillary hyperhidrosis for over half of my life and I know exactly what it means to have sweaty and drenched armpits for the better part of the days. read more

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History of Deodorant And Antiperspirant: Learn About It Here

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Hey guys,

today I am back to talk a little about history. Who likes to hear that? Often time people tell me that history sucks and there is no use in it. To a certain degree we live today and what lies a hundred years behind might not be appealing to hear. However, there are interesting facts about many things that we do not even think about today.

So, I am going to talk a little about the history of deodorant and antiperspirant. Why is that relevant?

150 years ago people did not use deodorant at all. They did not use anything to keep those terrible armpit odors away. In fact, they even did not wash their clothes after wearing them for a long time. I have often wondered how such a thing is at all possible. I feel uncomfortable wearing my shirts for more than a day, especially because I sweat excessively in my armpits.

That is why the history of deodorant and antiperspirant is relevant for me. I like to share a bit how they did it back then and how they managed with armpit odors because they did not have antiperspirants to stop them from sweating nor did they have deodorants to help them smell better.

But before I go more into the history of deodorant and antiperspirant, I will tell you a little about what deodorants and antiperspirants are.

What Are Deodorants?

Although few people don’t sweat at all, most people sweat on a daily basis, some a lot and others less. Sweat is a watery liquid that is produced in our sweat glands. Various triggers make these sweat glands to work and produce sweat, mainly to regulate our body temperature.

Sweat from our apocrine glands, which are located in different areas of our body, including our armpits, rarely smells bad, but bacteria that live in these regions thrive on sweat. The breakdown of sweat caused by these bacteria causes the bad odors.

Deodorants are used to control the bacteria living in warm regions (where they multiply at an incredible rate) to stop bad odors.

Contrary to the belief of many people, deodorants to not stop sweating; they only reduce bacteria to avoid sweat breakdown, which smells bad. If you can control the bacteria effectively, you can sweat a lot and still not sweat.

What are Antiperspirants?

Many people have overactive sweat glands that produce excessive sweat, which these individuals cannot control. People suffering from this condition have what is called hyperhidrosis. There are 2 types of hyperhidrosis and each one of these types can have different causes.

People that sweat a lot have a harder time to find the correct deodorant because they cannot catch up with the rate of multiplication of bacteria. Whatever deodorant they put on, it will have an effect for only a few hours and they will smell bad again.

So, often people that sweat a lot opt for an antiperspirant, that usually contains aluminum chloride, to reduce the sweating, so deodorants will have an effect. That again helps them to have pleasantly smelling armpits.

Therefore, antiperspirants affect the sweat glands directly by blocking them and preventing a person from sweating.

You might like: Difference between Deodorants and Antiperspirants

Life In My Community 50 Years Ago

I grew up in a place where people lived without electricity and cars until the 1970s. My grandparents were even shunned by the local church because they were too progressive when they bought their first car.

It took many years of hard work on behalf of community members to progress.

What does that have to do with deodorants? Maybe a lot. Let me show you.

My parents grew up when all radical changes in the community took place and modernization started to kick in. My parents often tell stories about the way they grew up and it is hard to believe that one generation can make such a big change.

Let me record a few of things that I believe are relevant to the history of deodorant and antiperspirant.

How Could People Live With Armpit Odor?

Back in the early 1970’s, people were poor and the wardrobe was extremely small, things were often handed down from older siblings to younger ones, and sometimes even generations down the line.

Church clothes were worn exclusively for church and they were never washed. Baths were taken only once a week, where the whole family shared the same water (unbelievable for me).

In all this, people did not use deodorant. My parents often tell me that back then nobody was offended by the extreme odors people would spread.

Can you imagine a whole week without bathing? The interesting thing though is that they worked physically hard out in the sun. Life was similar to life in a small frontier town. Everybody owned a little piece of land, a few cows, pigs, horses, and chickens, and of course, a small garden. By the weekend, people would not be fresh anymore and definitely needed a bath. Because water was not readily available like we have it today, people were more careful with it.

Growing up in families with 10+ children was not an easy task and cost an awful lot of money, which most of the times was not available. That explains why the wardrobe was scanty and would not be washed. That would keep it new for much longer.

I often wonder if people did not feel dirty after working without being able to take a bath. They must have been used to it, or maybe (just maybe…) nowadays we live too high expectations.

Nevertheless, body odor can become offensive when not tended to in time, but probably they did not notice.

Ancient Deodorant History

If we look to the Greek, Egyptians, Romans and other ancient cultures we find that they already had a notion of masking body odor.

Perfumed baths were very common, for those who could afford. The perfume was also used in armpits, which would help reduce the odors from sweating.

Also, different concoctions from oils were made by these cultures to help with body odor (not only pits). However, most of the perfumes and concoctions that were made did their job partially.

The problem was that most of these did not address the bacteria living in the armpits so it would not be effective for body odor. Perfumes would help more with covering the odor by smelling fresh.

However, we can imagine that it was not effective, except if baths were taken daily (which is not very likely).

After the church took control over everything, people were taught that being naked was really bad, so they even stopped taking baths at all. The last resource of smelling as pleasantly as possible was taken from them.

Life A Few Hundred Years Ago

If we go back in wardrobe history, we will find that people wore thick layers of clothing, especially people from the high society.

If you look at what a noblewoman was dressing for a ball in the 1700s, you will be amazed at how many layers of clothing she had to put on before she was ready. When you think the dress is now complete, there are more layers to follow.

Also, for middle-class men, they did not just wear simple underwear, a pair of jeans and a shirt and done. There was so much to put on before one was ready.

The interesting thing is that they wore many layers of clothes as a nightgown, also for work, and for social activities. There was always so much to put on.

Don’t you think that that was part of the trick to mask bad smells? That also explains, why most of the wardrobe was never washed. It would simply not get dirty, sweaty, or smelly after wearing because there were simply too many layers of clothes.

People back then were aware of the bad odors from the armpits could be nasty. Would you go dancing with a partner that was not fresh? Therefore, they had to find ways to deal with these odors, and they did so by using lots of clothes.

When Were Deodorants Born?

Although there is not much to be found about deodorants that were used before conventional deodorants came to life, I firmly believe that some families must have tried through natural approaches to stop sweat from smelling.

In fact, since there are natural ways to reduce sweating and also natural ways to eliminate bacteria in armpits, methods could have been used long before conventional deodorants came to life.

My grandma used milk as a gel to comb her daughters. That was an easily available resource to fix everyday problems. Too bad she is not here anymore to tell me what she did with body odor.

Back in the late 1880s, in the USA, the first deodorant was developed by Edna Murphy and patented later on. It seems that no other deodorants were patented and invented after this first one for nearly half a century.

However, it was years after WWII that Helen Diserens made the first ball-point deodorants, which was a newly invented technology back then. However, it was still the same deodorant that was invented by Mrs. Murphy.

Deodorants were initially made for women only, and only in the early 1950s, they were also made for men.

From there, it only took a few years before deodorants were a multi-million industry and over 50% of the adult population was using deodorants.

And today, not many cultures can be found that don’t know about deodorants. It is common sense today to use deodorants.

When were Antiperspirants born?

Jules Montenier patented the first antiperspirant in 1941, but it had been formulated since 1903.

Aluminum chloride was used at first, but since it is highly acidic, many people were not able to use it because it caused skin irritation.

Mr. Montenier was able to neutralize the product by using soluble nitrile, which made it more accessible to people.

Nevertheless, in the early 1960s tests were performed on animals. Science and medicine wanted to determine if there were side effects of antiperspirants.

Studies showed that cancer, dementia and other diseases could be traced back to the use of aluminum chloride.

When the light was shed on these facts, antiperspirants became more and more rejected, regardless of the positive effect they had on people that suffered from hyperhidrosis.

Today, around 95% of Americans use deodorants, from home-made to organic, to natural, to conventional, to dab-on, roll-on deodorants. The whole deodorant and antiperspirant business has become an $18 billion dollar industry.

Are Deodorants and Antiperspirants Really Unsafe?

As said, throughout history, researchers have done their best to determine whether aluminum chloride (used in antiperspirants) and parabens (commonly used in deodorants) are detrimental to health.

Do you remember the emails that you received back in the early 2000s that told you to stop using any of these products because you could get cancer and other life-threatening diseases? I do recall those, but I never stopped using deodorants, because I did not know what else to do.

Smell bad all day long? Or continue to use deodorants? It was like a necessary evil, as we use to say.

However, recently, light has been shed on new research that has not found enough evidence to prove the theory spread back in the 60s.

It is believed that either zinc, parabens, aluminum chloride, and others cause as much harm as was once thought. Our skin was designed to protect our body from outside harm. Our skin does everything possible to not let harmful things in. Therefore, research believes that very little of the ingredients found in deodorants and antiperspirants actually comes into our body.

More harm is done to our body by what we smell, eat and drink.

As said before, the history of deodorants and antiperspirants is not only important but also interesting to read about.

It is interesting to see how people have dealt with body odor over time and how it has evolved into something so effective that we have today and is readily available whenever we want and need it.

Are you in need of a great deodorant, please check out my favorite deodorants and antiperspirants.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you found this article helpful. If so, please share with family and friends by clicking the social media buttons below.

Also, I would love to hear your comments and questions. Any thoughts about the history of deodorants and antiperspirants are appreciated.

As always, I am happy to help,

Oscar

 

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Crystal Deodorant Review: A Non-Toxic Product That I Love To Use

Last updated on August 1st, 2019 at 03:21 am

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When I first learned about the Crystal deodorant, I was still in my early teens and just starting to use deodorants. However, back then I still did not give deodorants much thought and my mom brought this product home one day and asked us to use it. Little did I know what effect it did have.

In this Crystal deodorant review, Ie will look a little closer at the product, where it was born and what it has to offer. I will share what I like about this product and what I do not like that much.

Although I am not passionate about a holistic style of life, I do get thrilled when I see “organic”, “natural”, “non-toxic”, among others words on things that I buy. As I say, it is not my passion to learn all the details about natural products and the bad sides of non-natural products. However, I am always watching what I bring into my house for the family.

Why cause unnecessary danger from products that have questionable long-term effects.

That is where the Crystal body deodorant jumps in. Let me give you a little more detail about this product.

What Is Crystal Deodorant?

Over three decades ago, the maker of this product (who had been very interested in finding a natural, cruelty-free, and toxin-free product), traveled to France.

On this trip, he encountered a water purifying facility which was working with mineral salts. That gave him the idea that if mineral salt could be used to clean water, it must have an effect on bacteria living in our armpits as well.

He was amazed at the results when he was able to prove his theory.

When applied to the armpits, a small layer is formed, which eliminates bacteria that are living there. Since sweat itself does not smell bad, when removing bacteria that produce the awful smell coming from your pits, you will stop smelling bad.

When the maker found that his theory worked, the first Crystal deodorant was born and has proven its effectiveness again and again.

Is Crystal Body Deodorant Safe?

With many emails and notices going around for years about the dangerous lasting effects of aluminum chloride, anyone would be happy to use products that don’t cause breast cancer and many other illnesses.

Also, many are worried about using parabens, aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium, and other products that are believed to cause harm.

Although new recent studies contradict these beliefs, why not be on the safer end and avoid them altogether?

With that said, I am happy to tell you that the Crystal deodorant is a 100% natural product that is safe to use for the whole family.

How Effective Is the Crystal Deodorant?

When I started to use this product (which is around two decades ago), I was already sweating excessively. Little did I know about hyperhidrosis, the condition that I have. I was told that this product would reduce sweating, so I started to use it, believing that I would not sweat anymore.

I was completely mistaken. Back then, I did not know the difference between antiperspirants and deodorants, else I would have liked this product very much.

Deodorants do not stop sweating; they are made to stop you from smelling bad. Antiperspirants are the ones that address your sweat glands and block them, thus they stop sweating.

Although I did not smell bad after using this product, I did not stop sweating, in fact, I sweated even more than I did before. Why? Very simply because I had been using a deodorant/antiperspirant, which would reduce my sweating a bit.

I gave up on this product after maybe a year of using and started searching for another product, because I believed this was nothing for me.

Now that I have learned all about deodorants and antiperspirants, I know that this is one of my favorite deodorants because of its properties.

To answer the question if the Crystal deodorant is effective, I can say that this deodorant stops your armpits from smelling bad. Although this company offers variously scented deodorants, the scent-free deodorant sticks out because you will not smell bad from your armpits, and neither will you have a good smell – only neutral, which is great!

What I Like About It

The Crystal deodorant has many things that I really like and why I recommend it to anyone looking for a cheap, natural, and effective deodorant.

1) No stains and sticking

Do you hate yellow stains on your shirts as much as I do? Since I sweat excessively, I do waste many undershirts and shirts because they will get so many stains from all the deodorants that I put on.

Neither will this deodorant leave a white powder in your armpits as many deodorants do. Also, this one is not sticky.

Whenever I buy deodorants, the first thing that I look at if they will make my armpits sticky. I strongly dislike when I feel as if I have glue in my armpits, and need to constantly lift my arms to be comfortable.

With the Crystal deodorant, you will not have this problem.

2) No irritation

I have highly sensitive skin my armpits and I have tried many deodorants but had to throw most of them out after a week of using because they would irritate my skin so badly that I sometimes had to walk with my arms lifted because of a bad rash.

Usually, deodorants contain alcohol, which causes irritation.

Since the Crystal deodorant is a natural, alcohol-free mineral salt, it never irritates the skin. As said, I used this product for well over a year and I never had any problems with those mentioned.

Definitely worth using if you have sensitive skin.

3) 100% natural product

Did I have to mention that? Of course. I have to mention the fact that this product is 100% natural, cruelty-free (which means that it has not been tested on animals), and toxin-free.

If you are worried about what you and your family put in their bodies, rest assured that this product is something you will not regret having bought because you know that this is even beneficial to use.

4) The price.

No deodorant have I found that beats the price of the Crystal deodorant.

But trust me that this product lasts very, very long. In fact, it will probably fall to the floor and shatter to pieces before you can even use it up.  I have only bought one of these in my life so far and it lasted for the year that I used it and it would have lasted even longer.

This deodorant does not look like deodorant at all because when you open it looks more like a stone than a deodorant. You are more likely to break the stone before you use it up.

5) Quality of this product

When I buy a product, I always look for honest reviews, which will tell me more about the quality of the product.

In this case, I am telling you that this product is a great one and recommended for both men and women. However, I am not the only one. With a very high rating from thousands of happy users, this is probably a hidden gem among deodorants.

6) The variety

I love to smell fresh from my armpits and that is why I love the fact that this company has launched a number of products for every user. Nowadays they have different versions of this product, from sprays to scent-free to scented deodorants that all serve the same purpose.

Click here to get a glimpse of the long list of products this company currently offers.

What I Do Not Like About it

As with every product, there are downsides. Having experience with this product, there are two things that I do not like that much about this product, but they honestly do not stop me from buying Crystal deodorant again.

1) This product slips out of your hands

Before you apply this product to your armpits, you have to moisten it with water. Else, you can hardly apply it.

Holding a slippery moist “stone” in your hands is not the best idea. And be warned, whenever it falls, it will most like shatter to small pieces, in which case you have to buy a new one. You can rarely ever go 100% through this deodorant. It is more likely to fall and shatter.

As said, it happened multiple times in my family, since other family members were also using it. We had to buy new ones every so often because of that problem.

I think I used mine until it fell and broke. That is when I looked for an alternative just because I did not stop sweating. Now that I understand that the Crystal deodorant addresses the smell and not the sweating, I know that it is something for me as much as it is for you.

If you want to solve this problem, a good idea is to put rubber bands around the stone, which helps you to have a better grip on it.

2) A bit unpractical read more

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Is Sweating Healthy For You? These Benefits Will Surprise You

As embarassing as sweating can be, there are some awesome health benefits that I will share with you.

I think sweating is something that has not yet been understood completely.  Although I have suffered from hyperhidrosis for more than half my lifetime, I seem to learn new things all the time about sweating.  And sometimes I have asked questions for which I have not found an answer yet.

It is only in recent years that more and more research has been done and amazing things have been found about sweating.

For instance, research claims that sweat helps you get rid of toxins.  Then there are studies that show how sweating does not help you detoxify your body.  That shows how sweating is still a field that is constantly updated and researched.

However, there are benefits to your health when you sweat, so you do not want to stop your sweating completely.  Even though sweating can become uncomfortable and embarrassing, you still want to sweat.

But first off, it is important to clarify why we sweat anyway.

Why Do We Sweat?

Most people are born with sweat glands all over the body, which start to work properly from right when we are born.  We have two types of sweat glands, but only the eccrine are developed when we are born.  The other sweat glands, the aporince glands, develop during puberty.

I remember how my sons started sweating from the first day they were born.  The oldest got a rash on his face the first week because the sweat glands are adjusting.

But why do we sweat?  The eccrine glands have one function: Regulate body temperature.  If we did not have this cool system installed in our bodies from the beginning, we would most likely have issues, including severe ones, like heat strokes.  Can you imagine those little babies that are all cuddled up in warm blankets and not being able to cool down?

Yes, sweating is our cool-down system that keeps our body temperature around 98 degrees Fahrenheit.  Each time our bodies get warmer due to exercise, working, or being in the sun, sitting in our car, or even being dehydrated, our brain triggers the eccrine sweat glands to produce sweat, which when evaporated through our pores takes heat along, thus keeping our bodies cool.

As we grow up, in our early puberty, the apocrine sweat glands develop.  They are located in our armpits, feet, palms, and groin.  These glands are deeper down under the layers of skin.  These glands get active when our body is being stimulated, which could be by anxiety, depression, precarious situations, sexual stimulation, among others.  This is the sweat that smells different from sweat caused by heat.

In short, sweating is a necessary body function that you do not want to stop completely.  It is a very important body function.  However, if sweating becomes unbearable, there are great remedies that can help you take care of it.

So, now that you know that sweating is very important, let’s see if there are some health benefits to it.

Is Sweating Healthy?

Indeed, there is the saying “sweat it out”.  There is something to this saying that is true because are surprising health benefits to sweating.  Therefore, not letting our body do what it was meant to do by using different methods to stop sweating is not the best thing.  Also, if you do not sweat very much, you want start sweating more to benefit from it.

Reduces Stress Hormones

Sweating always occurs, except when suffering from hyperhidrosis, because of physical activity or exposure to heat.  So, while your body gets warmer, your body has to work really hard to cool down and to protect all the inner organs.  This process is known to reduce cortisol and stress hormone levels.

In fact, exercising or enjoying a sauna are both good to relax and get the stress out.  Although this does not apply to sweating through the apocrine sweat glands, it is true for the eccrine sweat glands.

Endorphines, or the feel-good hormones are released when you sweat.  And who has not experienced the feeling after sweating for good 45 minutes?

I have to think about my students in school when they come in from physical education.  They got rid of all their energy levels, and they come back into class very relaxed, and their brains are fresh to learn and absorb new things.  A perfect example how sweating helps reduces stress hormones.

Detox Your Body

Although their is debate whether you can really detox your body through sweating, there is research that has proven that sweating helps you get rid of certain toxins that your body cannot release through urine, which is the medium of detoxification.

By making your body sweat every single day for many hours, you are not guaranteed a large number of toxins coming out.  However, even if it is just a few toxins that you can get rid of, it is well worth it.

For example, studies have shown that BPA, which is found in plastics, and PCBs and other harmful chemicals are remedied effectively through sweating.

As stated, sweating is not effective for getting rid of lots of other junk in your body, but it sure is a medium of transportation that carries things out that are in your body.

Keeps Your Skin Healthy

Sweating keeps your skin healthy because it exfoliates your skin.  Over time, our pores get clogged because of use of body care products, and other substances that build up.

So, by sweating regularly all over your body will help you get those pores unclogged and clean.  However, notice that in order for that to happen, you need to wash off sweat shortly after you sweat.  If you leave sweat on your skin to dry, these substances that came out, go back into the pores as the sweat dries.

Also, new studies have found that sweat contains dermcidin, a highly effective natural antibiotic that fights off bacteria and protects our body.

It is known that this antibiotic is strong enough to kill E-coli, which is a very dangerous bacteria.  So, if it can kill these bacteria, sweating protects us from the flue, and other diseases.

Strengthens Your Heart

A surprising new study has found that people who go the sauna regularly are known to have a stronger and healthier heart.

An interesting fact about Finland is that this North European country has over three million saunas, which makes over one sauna per household.  However, there are not just that many saunas, but the Finish are known to make use of saunas regularly, thus

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Do Herbs Stop Excessive Sweating? Find Out Why And Why Not

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Excessive sweating (aka hyperhidrosis) is a condition that affects around 2-3% of the population, which can be higher because it stays widely unreported.

Only individuals that have experienced drenched clothes, embarrassing sweat marks, sweaty hands, and others, know how uncomfortable sweating can get. Excessive sweating is very disruptive. It affects your self-confidence and your social life to the extent, where it dominates your everyday activities.

While looking for natural remedies, the question arises if herbs stop excessive sweating. Nowadays, we tend to opt for conventional solutions to everyday problems like excessive sweating. And there is a good number of products and procedures available that will stop excessive sweating.

But before I talk more about herbs and their effect on sweating, let me talk a little about excessive sweating in general.

Why Do We Sweat?

Sweating is a natural body function that was given to us to regulate the temperature of our body. Every time our body is warming up by different activities, such as workout, working hard, being in the sun, among others, our brain triggers the eccrine sweat glands to produce sweat to get the body temperature down.

This is the main function of sweating: Controlling our body temperature. However, we also sweat when our endocrine system is on alert and stimulated. Anxiety, stress, fear, nervousness, fevers, various diseases, among others are also triggers of sweating. Our endocrine system sends out triggers to the apocrine sweat glands to show that something is “wrong”. In some cases, something might be wrong, and in others not

Sweat is therefore released when our body is under stress, be it emotional or physical.

However, there are cases when sweating tells you that something is wrong in your body. There are diseases that have abnormal sweating as a symptom, in which case you want to see your doctor and find the source of the problem.

Why Do Some People Sweat Excessively?

There are people that suffer from hyperhidrosis, which is terribly uncomfortable and embarrassing. I have dealt with this problem for many years and I know exactly how it is to be at a social gathering and before you get there, you have huge sweat marks, be it under your armpits, on your back, your neck or your hands.

Doing paperwork, like signing a paper, writing a paper-based exam, and others can be a hassle if you suffer from hyperhidrosis. Not only palmar hyperhidrosis is a problem, but axillary hyperhidrosis is very bad as well. As said, your confidence is taken away and sweating is very disruptive to your social life.

There are two types of hyperhidrosis, namely, primary and secondary hyperhidrosis. Primary hyperhidrosis refers to those individuals that sweat excessively without a known reason.

Since the apocrine glands are the ones that are responsible for hyperhidrosis and these are connected to the endocrine system, there could be a hormonal imbalance in people suffering from primary hyperhidrosis. However, research has shown that it could be an imbalance, but it is not clear why the sweat glands never stop sweating.

Primary hyperhidrosis starts to show up in the early teens or early adulthood and does not diminish over the years.

Secondary hyperhidrosis has a medical reason. It can be caused by different diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and many others. It can also be caused by other non-illness related issues such as obesity, pregnancy, aging, and others.

This type of hyperhidrosis does not start in a specific age but can affect anybody over their lifetime. However, when the reason is found and the problem solved, this problem stops.

As you can see, there are different reasons why people sweat excessively. The question now is what natural remedies can have a positive effect on this problem?

Do Herbs Stop Excessive Sweating? The Bad News

Unfortunately, herbs do not stop excessive sweating, but yes, they can reduce excessive sweating to a certain degree.

It all depends on how and why you sweat. If you don’t suffer from hyperhidrosis, it is likely that herbs be enough for you to fix the problem.

If you sweat mildly and moderately only on some occasions, you might find herbs effective. However, if you sweat excessively all the time for no reason (primary hyperhidrosis), let me assure you that herbs may reduce sweating, but not enough for you to feel a difference.

A few years ago, I was extremely frustrated with my sweating problem, that I went online to do research and see if there was a solution. It made me so happy that I found natural ways to reduce sweating and I was eager to try them. I bought an e-book, which promised to give lasting relief and stop sweating completely.

I tried some of the things mentioned in that book but to my dismay, none of the things that I tried helped. Yes, sweating might have been reduced by some degree, but not enough to not still make huge sweat marks on my clothes.

If you want to stop your sweating completely, look for clinical strength antiperspirants that reduce your sweating drastically and some even stop sweating completely.

Do Herbs Stop Excessive Sweating? The Good News

I am not trying to be negative about natural remedies for excessive sweating, but in my experience natural remedies are only for people that do not suffer from hyperhidrosis, but for individuals that sweat mildly or just slightly more during summer.

Natural remedies are something worth looking for and worth trying.

The good news is that herbs can reduce your sweating, although they will not stop it completely. You want to look for herbs that calm you down. Since sweating is often caused by the nervous system, if you take herbs that tranquilize you, it will have a positive effect on your sweating.

Do Herbs Stop Excessive Sweating? Which ones?

1) Sage. This is the best-known herb to reduce sweating because of its high content of thiamine and magnesium, both minerals that soothe our nervous system, and by defect, our sweat glands. Sage also contains rosemarinic acid, which is known to block the sweat glands.

Although sage can hardly be eaten in large quantities because of its strong taste and smell, if you sprinkle generous amounts over your favorite foods like omelets, pizza, beans, and other foods, you could experience a reduction in your sweating.

2) Witch hazel. Although this herb is known to provide relief from insect bites, sunburns, bruises, and others, individuals have reported that it reduced their sweating.

Since witch hazel is an astringent and antiperspirant, when applied in liquid form directly to the areas that you sweat most, it will block the sweat glands and inhibit sweating.

3) Schisandra. These small berries were used by the Chinese for many thousands for years because of its healing properties. It improves adrenal function overall, which is great for your sweat glands because sweating can come from a hormonal imbalance, although it does not seem to be the case with primary hyperhidrosis, it can be the problem with secondary hyperhidrosis.

Eat these small berries in small quantities daily (not exceeding 3 grams daily, since it is a powerful medicine.

4) Chamomile tea. Chamomile, a powerful herb reduces stress and anxiety by affecting the nervous system. Therefore, it can reduce nervous sweating, which is sometimes considered a social anxiety.

Drinking this tea every night before bed could give you relief from sweating, although the effect is likely insignificant. You might experience a better effect when applying directly to your underarms. Read on to know how.

5) Black tea. Known for its high content of tannic acid, an astringent and antiperspirant, black tea has a positive effect on sweating.

There are many more teas that you can use that have tannic acid, but black tea has the highest amount. You prepare your teas as you would normally. Let them sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then take a cloth and dab them to your completely dry underarms and let air dry. As simple as that!

6) Aloe Vera. Have you put aloe vera to your sunburned skin? It had a cooling effect. That is exactly what aloe vera will do if applied to your sweating skin. It will cool it down and reduce sweating.

However, aloe vera is more effective for the eccrine glands, which are triggered by heat. If you exercise and sweat very much, just apply some aloe vera juice or gel directly to your skin as a lotion and you should see an effect in no time.

Apocrine glands will not be affected by aloe vera because they are triggered by the nervous system and not by heat.

Do Herbs Stop Excessive Sweating? Conclusion

As you can see, sweating can have all kinds of causes and because of that, herbs will only be effective when used for the right cause.

Personally, I am not impressed by the results of herbs for excessive sweating. I love to wear sweat proof undershirts to protect my clothes and also to make sweat marks invisible. Also, using clinical strength antiperspirants have been very effective for me and I rather use these products and do not worry about using herbs for excessive sweating.

Learn more about antiperspirants that stop excessive sweating completely and undershirts that are sweatproof.

However, if you sweat mildly, why not use herbs? They can do the trick and besides, they will give you many health benefits. That is probably enough reason to use herbs.

This list of herbs for sweating is not limited to the mentioned herbs. There are others, but this gives you a good overview of what works and what not.

Have you tried to stop excessive sweating with herbs? Were you at least able to reduce it? Share your experiences with herbs by commenting below.

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As always, stay dry and fresh,

Oscar

 

 

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Why Am I Not Sweating And Why Do I Sweat So Little? Hypohidrosis explained

Last updated on July 19th, 2019 at 04:46 am

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Seldom have I ever met people that do not sweat.  Are you one of them?  When everybody else is sweating, you are not sweating at all, or very little.  So, when you are at the gym, the question arises, why am I not sweating when everybody else does even though I work out really hard?

Although I personally suffer from primary hyperhidrosis, a condition in which you sweat excessively, I have met people that have this not so rare condition in which they do not sweat.  This condition is not very common but can occur in a small percent of individuals.  There are several factors that can cause hypohidrosis, of which I will go more into detail in this post.

But before I start, let’s talk about “What is hypohidrosis?” and “Why am I not sweating?”

What Is Hypohidrosis?

Technically, hypohidrosis means sweat reduction.  You do not sweat as much as you used to sweat or as much as you should sweat, and you are unsure why it is happening.  It is a condition that commonly comes as a symptom of health-related issues, but in some cases, there can be other reasons, which I will discuss later.

In rare cases, people suffer from anhidrosis, which is when sweating stops completely.  It can sometimes be in specific parts of the body.  Feet are the first ones to be affected by hypohidrosis, but also our forehead, neck, and palms can be affected.

Both anhidrosis and hypohidrosis can go unnoticed for quite some time.  Since our body is full of sweat glands, when some of them do not function properly, we will barely notice, if at all because when some of our glands stop functioning, the others just sweat more.

Individuals that suffer from hypohidrosis: They will not notice the problem until it starts to become more obvious or when it starts to cause problems.

Are Hypohidrosis And Anhidrosis Dangerous?

That is a common question.  When I grew up, there was a saying in the community that people who couldn’t sweat had a tougher life than the ones that could sweat.  People believed that not being able to sweat was related to migraines, headaches, hot flashes, among others.

I sweat so much and some people would ask me why they would not sweat at all, but I did not have the answer either.  I just thought they must be lucky people for not having to deal with ugly sweat stains.

As I entered the teenage years, I started sweating excessively.  I started to believe that a person who sweats excessively does not have anything to enjoy.  I even thought that if it was true that headaches were common among people that do not sweat, I wanted to have headaches over excessive sweating.  Silly thoughts!

Today I see that to a certain degree people were right when they said that you really want to sweat. Now I prefer to sweat than not to sweat because research shows how uncomfortable not being able to sweat can be..

So, is it dangerous if you do not sweat when getting hot?  One thing is sure, anhidrosis may be an accompanying symptom to a serious health problem, which I will discuss a little further down.  In that case, you will want to make sure you find a solution to the health problem.

If you suffer from anhidrosis or hypohidrosis in small parts of your body, it rarely becomes critical.  As said, your body finds a way to sweat and cool your body.

Sweating is the only way your body can cool down.  Its normal temperature is around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, so when it goes over that temperature, our brain triggers the eccrine sweat glands, which are all over our bodies.  These then produce sweat, which evaporates as it comes out the pores and takes a little heat along.

So when you do not sweat in any part of your body, it can be very dangerous.  In severe cases, a heat stroke, which can be deadly, can be the result.  If you suffer from this condition, you do not want to overheat your body, by doing too much exercise, when it is really hot; you would better do it in a cooled-down room.

Also, you do not want to work outside in the hot sun for extended periods.  Do you see why the people in my community were right?

When your body temperature rises and nothing can be done to cool it down, you can get hot flashes, and your blood pressure can go up, potentially causing severe headaches.

Therefore, hypohidrosis is not really dangerous, but anhidrosis can be critical if you do not take precautions read more

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Why Do I Sweat So Much When I Exercise? How To Reduce And Stop Excessive Sweating

Last updated on July 18th, 2019 at 04:04 am

When summer comes around the corner, I like to be outside in the heat.  I love to go swimming, working in my garden, going for a walk, or doing other activities outside.  Nevertheless, exercising is something I prefer to do inside.

For many people, exercising in the heat of the summer is not optimal either, they prefer to exercise in the cooled-down room.  They would rather do their fitness program outside in the cold winter months.

Preferences to exercise outside or inside has to do in part with sweating.  We tend to sweat much more when outside during the hot summer months than in the cold winter months.  And sweating is not comfortable, therefore, we prefer to do the exercise routine where we don’t sweat too much.

However, you still sweat when exercising, no matter where you do it.  You might ask, “Why do I sweat so much when I exercise?”  That is the burning question.  Let me tell you a little more about sweating in general, before I answer this question.  So keep on reading to find out why you sweat so much while exercising.

Since I suffer from primary hyperhidrosis, I sweat very much all day long, be it winter or summer, but when I do a fitness routine, or just do my daily chores, I sweat so much that it becomes uncomfortable and almost always embarrassing.

You have sweat drops rolling down your cheeks, your neck, and your whole body.  And it gets so sticky and uncomfortable.  And did I mention all those sweat marks for everybody to see?

I have not just asked this question after I did exercise, but also after a nervous sweating breakout.  It bugged me for years.  Only until I started to understand what sweating is and why I sweat so much, and after I found a solution to the problem, is when it made more sense.

Let’s first look at what sweating is.

Why Do We Sweat?

The primary function of sweating is to cool down your body temperature.  At 98.6 Fahrenheit degrees (give or take depending on your body, gender, age, etc), our body temperature is just right.  When it goes up from there, our air-conditioning system turns on, which is sweating.

The eccrine sweat glands, which are all over the body, push out sweat and each sweat drop takes a little heat along, which helps the body to maintain the ideal temperature.  Our bodies can heat up very quickly and if we wouldn’t be able to sweat, we would quickly overheat, which in severe cases could cause fatal heat strokes.

As soon as sweat comes out, it evaporates, which is exactly what helps your body cool down.

Why Do We Sweat More When Exercising?

When you exercise, your heart rate goes up, and since you move all body parts, heat is generated.  In theory, the harder you work, the more heat is generated, and the more you would sweat.

However, this is not the case.  Sweating does not show how hard you work, in other words, you cannot measure the calories you burnt by the amount of sweat.

The amount of sweat that you produce during exercise is different from person to person.  Typically, men tend to sweat more.  In fact, a study was done on fit men and fit women found that both had the same number of sweat glands.  However, women produced less sweat than men.

Also, sweating depends on your genetics.  Some families just sweat more under certain circumstances than others do.  If your family is well-known for sweating a lot, don’t be surprised if you sweat more during exercise than others do.

Sweating also depends a lot on age.  Younger people tend to sweat much more than older people because your the functionality of your sweat glands decreases as you get older.

The cooling system also seems to be better developed in fit individuals than non-fit individuals, which means that fit people will sweat quicker and more during a fitness routine than others that don’t do fitness regularly.

If you sweat very much when you exercise, don’t be surprised and don’t worry too much about it.  Sweating is a very important body function.  It cools down your body to protect the inner organs from being overheated.

Did I forget to mention that sweating also has to do with room temperature and hydration?  Indeed, when you exercise in the warm weather outside, in a small and warm room, you will naturally sweat more.  Also, if you forget to drink enough water during your workout, sweating will increase drastically.

A Function Of Sweating That Is Often Overseen

Sweating has another very important function: Removing toxins and built-up chemicals.  But this is often forgotten and we just think of how uncomfortable it is.

In fact, sweating is a great way to detox your body.  But don’t get me wrong, you will not get rid of many toxins through sweating.  Research claims that only around 1% of toxins released are released through sweating.  That is not very much, but it helps and it is an important percent.

Nevertheless, even if that number is low, sweating does unclog the pores of your skin and gets rids of built-up chemicals from deodorants, creams, lotions, make-ups, etc.  Sweating is a great way to clean your skin.

However, if you want that build-up of chemicals removed, you will want to shower before exercising and right after exercising.  Since sweat is made up of water, primarily, when it comes out of the pores, it will carry along whatever clogged the pores.  And if you let your sweat dry on your skin, these chemicals will go back into the pores.  Therefore, showering after a fitness routine right away is very important.  Thus, showers can be found in most gyms and fitness studios.

What Can You Do To Reduce Sweating While Exercising?

As said before, sweating can become very uncomfortable.  Especially during a fitness routine, when you sweat excessively, you cannot even focus very well on your routine.

Also, palms can become overly sweaty and can make it difficult to work with the necessary fitness equipment.

However, there are some things you can do to reduce sweating while exercising:

1) Exercise in a cold room: The most obvious one is that your body stays cooler from the outside.  If you exercise in a cold room, that will definitely help to reduce the heat coming from the inside of the body.

Find a fan and circulate as much air in the room as possible.

2) Drink cold water: When exercising, it is very important to stay hydrated, which helps your body to maintain its body temperature better.  It is highly recommended that you drink at least 2 cups of water 2 hours before exercising so your blood can get thinner and be pumped around better.

In addition to drinking lots of water during exercise, you can reduce your sweating by drinking cold water.  You want to cool off from the inside out.  However, if you drink cold water, take only 1 or 2 swallows at a time and do it frequently.  Contrary to common belief, cold water when you are hot will not cool you down, but it can reduce sweating.

Just make sure you don’t wait until you are very dehydrated and then drink lots of cold water.  That can cause your body into shock and leave you unconscious.  If you drink water frequently during exercise, it doesn’t matter if it is cold.

3) Use an antiperspirant.  Antiperspirants contain aluminum chloride, which is the best-known chemical to stop sweating.  If you use traditional antiperspirants before you exercise, you will reduce your sweating, but only in your armpits.  You do not want to put an antiperspirant all over your body since your sweat glands need to do their thing.

So when you stop your sweating in your armpits, your body is likely going to find a way to sweat it out somewhere else.  However, sweating in the armpits is not very comfortable, and it really helps when you reduce it there.

There are many good antiperspirants on the market that will do the job really well.  Apply it at least 2 hours before you exercise and immediately after you are done and have taken a shower.

4) Use baby powder.  One thing you can do right after showering is applying a generous amount of baby powder to the parts where you sweat most, for example, armpits, groin, palms, feet, neck, etc.  After a workout, your skin is probably irritated in some places, which makes baby powder a great suppressant of sweat.

Baby powder helps your skin stay dry, and irritated skin tends to sweat easily, so it is definitely worth a try.

5) Use proper clothes.  Use natural fabrics that soak up the sweat.  Synthetic clothes only make things worse because they do not promote evaporation.

One good and breathable fabric to wear is cotton.  Just remember to wash your clothes every time you finish your fitness routine.  Never wear them 2 times for a workout without washing.

6) Use a clinical strength antiperspirant.  Another way to stop sweating in your armpits completely is to use a clinical strength antiperspirant that has up to 15% aluminum chloride, for example, Sweatblock.

Antiperspirants work best when applied before bedtime on completely dry skin.

Although I am not a fitness guru, neither can you see me exercising frequently, but since I sweat excessively every single day, I have had success with using a clinical strength antiperspirant which blocks my sweat glands for up to 7 days and I will not sweat.

If you stop sweating in your armpits, you will have compensatory sweating, which means that you will sweat more on other parts of the body.  That might be uncomfortable for fitness training, but it is still better than having your armpits drenched.

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