As advocates for healthy perspiration and stopping embarrassing sweat, we can’t ignore the impact our diets have on our sweat patterns.
Your diet heavily influences your health, physique, skin complexion, body odor… and yes… even how much you sweat.
Do you ever wonder why your favorite spicy nachos are often followed by an unexplained PDES (public display of excess sweating)? You know what I mean… soggy underarms, sweaty head, sweaty hands, and my personal favorite… sweaty lower back.
It’s no coincidence that you experience an increase in sweating when eating certain foods. In fact, many foods you consume will increase your sweating or even decrease sweat levels.
In this article, we’ll explore the foods that make you sweat most. If you suffer from hyperhidrosis or excessive underarm sweating, pay close attention… avoiding and limiting these foods from your diet can be a first step to taming overactive sweat glands.
WARNING: Most of these foods are convenient, delicious, addicting, and hard to avoid. If you’re not quite ready to give them up, try a clinical strength antiperspirant to keep your sweating under control.
1. Processed, Fatty Foods
If an extra few pounds of unwanted weight can’t deter you from eating fatty, processed foods, maybe a sweaty encounter on a first date can do the trick. Beware of fatty fast foods, chocolate, white bread, and processed junk food. These foods are notoriously low in fiber and lack the enzymes your body requires for smooth digestion. As a result, your body works twice as hard and twice as long to process your latest adventure to the drive-thru. So, why is this such a big deal? When your body has to operate in high gear, high temperatures and heavy sweating are sure to follow. Avoid these foods and you can avoid some serious sweating.
2. Caffeinated Drinks
The best part of waking up, is sweat stains in your shirt…
Unfortunately, that morning espresso isn’t just good for extra energy… it’s also great for an extra sweat boost. Why? Caffeine is a stimulant. It stimulates your central nervous system, increases your heart rate, raises your blood pressure and activates your sweat glands. More energy, not surprisingly, can lead to more sweating. If you’re a coffee drinker, it’s a double dose of trouble. Not only do you get the stimulating effects from caffeine but you also get the extra temperature boost that naturally triggers your sweat glands.
3. Sodium (in excess)
When you consume excess salt or sodium, your body will dispose of the excess salt through your urine and skin (via sweating). It’s a common belief among some that eating high levels of sodium can lead to increased perspiration. Although there’s little evidence to support this belief, cutting down on salty snacks and asian buffets may be helpful in reducing excessive sweat. Our bodies are like machines. If not maintained, cleaned, and properly fueled, they won’t operate efficiently. Imbalances in our diets can lead to physical ailments such as headaches, illness, low energy or even excessive or uncontrollable sweat. Salt is an easy place to start as most Americans consume about 12 grams of sodium daily… that’s 8 grams over the recommended amount of 4 grams.
4. Spicy Foods
I know, you’re in complete shock over this one. But there’s a little more to this than meets the mouth. Spicy foods like hot wings, jalapeño chili fries, or kung pao chicken contain a little known chemical called Capsaicin. When consumed this chemical fools your body into thinking its temperature is rising. This false alarm of rising temperatures triggers your built in air conditioning unit (smart people like to call these sweat glands) and you begin to sweat. Your body reacts to those spicy chicken wings just like it would to a sweltering summer day; it sends out the sweat militia and your favorite blue shirt becomes… collateral damage. If you want to stay dry, than put down that chili cheese fry. (see what I did there…)
5. Beer + other Alcoholic Beverages
If you frequently consume alcoholic beverages, you may experience excessive sweating or night sweats. Alcohol does many things to the body, not all of them pleasant. How does alcohol affect your sweating? Alcohol increases your heart rate and dilates the blood vessels in your skin. As a result, body heat increases and your natural cooling system kicks in. If you sweat more than normal, evaluate your drinking habits.
6. Ice Cream
No, we’re not kidding. This beloved treat we’ve trusted for centuries to cool us on the hottest of days is an imposter. The high levels of fat in your favorite ice cream can actually heat things up. The unintended consequence is a pair of extra soggy armpits with your extra scoop of ice cream.
7. Onions + Garlic
Technically, onions and garlic won’t increase your sweat production; however, the aroma that accompanies your normal sweat will certainly turn heads and curl toes. If you’re a heavy sweater, you’ll want to pass on the onion rings. Or… you could try a strong antiperspirant like this one.
If lung cancer and emphysema don’t bother you, maybe excessive sweating will. Although cigarettes are not considered food, the smoke and nicotine from a cigarette does enter the body. Nicotine causes the body to release acetylcholine which raises heart rate, increases body temperature and stimulates the sweat glands. You know the rest of the story.