Foods That Make You Sweat and How to Sweat Less

Are you the type of person who continuously sweats even if you aren’t doing anything? Nobody really wants to be dripping sweat just sitting at the lunch table. Are your problems with excessive perspiration causing you to feel awkward or embarrassed?  Do you have trouble trying to remove sweat odors from clothes?

If you have problems with excessive sweating, there is hope! Sometimes when our body acts out, it can feel like we are powerless.  Have you noticed your clothes wet or drenched from moisture secretion, even when you are stationary? There are types of food that make you sweat, even when you aren’t exercising! This is good news, because we have control of what we decide to put into our bodies, and it might actually help control what comes out!

Foods That Cause Perspiration

  • Fatty food that make you sweatFatty foods:
    • Fats are difficult for the body to metabolize. It takes your stomach longer to digest fats than it does to break down carbohydrates or protein. If you eat foods that are treated or high in fat, your body has to work double time to metabolize them.The energy your body is putting into digesting can cause you to perspire. This is why it’s common for higher fat meals make you feel fuller, longer. Although fatty foods have adverse health effects, there is an important place in your health and diet for some healthy fats. There is also a BIG difference between healthy fats and unhealthy fats. Try to choose monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Here’s a list of foods that contain healthy fats:
      1. Avocados
      2. Walnuts, almonds, pistachios, and other nuts
      3. Butter made from nuts such as almond butter and sunflower seed butter
      4. Olives and olive oil
      5. Ground flax seed
      6. Salmon and tuna
      7. Tofu
      8. Edamame
      9. Dark Chocolate
  • Processed junk foods:
    • The body will also struggle to metabolize processed or treated foods. If you eat foods that are managed by the process of adding salts, sugars or fats, to make meals tastier and last longer, your body will need to work double-time to try to break it down.  Naturally occurring sugars in foods like in watermelon or apples are much easier for the body to break down than the refined sugars used in processing. Truthfully the term “Processed food” is so misused.  The reality is that processed food is any food that has been purposefully modified in any way before it’s eaten. That would technically include cooked, canned, frozen, etc. The junk food we are talking about can be even further be defined as “ready to eat” foods.  These are foods that have gone through an extensive process to become “ready to eat” foods. They also tend to include sweeteners and preservatives, which can be very unhealthy for your body. So, be mindful of eating these types of processed dishes because they can cause serious health risks, as well as slowing digestion.
  • Spicy foods:
    • Many people love eating spicy cuisine like spicy chicken wings and even indulge themselves with extra spicy sauces. There are entire restaurants which revolve around this spicy menu like, Hot Mamas Wings, Buffalo Wild Wings, and the list goes on. This type of diet invites heat and perspiration into your body. When your body senses spicy food, it activates your pain receptors; these are the same receptors that react to outward heat from a burn, and pain from a pinch or a cut. It’s these pain receptors that trigger the nervous system to react with flushing, sweating, and vasodilation (widening of the blood vessels to increase the flow of blood to a particular area.) These reactions are your body’s defense mechanism which helps to keep the body balanced and healthy.
  • Excessive sodium:
    • Sodium is an essential part of our diet. However, too much sodium can be detrimental to your health. Unhealthy amounts of sodium can be found in “ready to eat” foods and “junk foods.” People love eating junk-food. So much so, that it has become a staple of the American diet. Junk foods contain excessive and disproportionate amounts of sodium. Be mindful in using salt in your food because, similar to fat, your body ends up working twice as much to process the extra salt.

Liquids That Cause Sweating

  • Perspiration effects of alcoholAny drink or dish that uses caffeine as an ingredient:
    • Feeling hot and sweaty after drinking warmer liquids is completely normal. When you drink hot coffee, tea, or any hot liquid for that matter, your body naturally produces more sweat to cool your heightened internal body temperature. Again, this is your body’s natural defense reaction as a cooling system. The reason that caffeine can make you sweat (without increasing the internal body temperature) specifically is that it activates an enzyme in your nervous system that triggers perspiration. You should try to stay away from caffeine, but if you can’t, you should at least reduce your daily intake. You can easily replace caffeine with other healthy liquids that make you sweat less, and are better for your body.
  • Drinking alcohol:
    • Alcohol is considered to be a social lubricant and is often treated as such. Alcoholic drinks are often present at a family get together or a party. People will use alcohol to help them comfortably mingle, even with total strangers. Since this is a large part of society, you may drink alcohol regularly. If you are a heavy alcohol drinker, you are probably also a profuse sweater. This happens because of alcohol triggers that vasodilation effect we talked about earlier, widening the body’s blood vessels thus resulting in perspiration. Again, if this has become a problem for you, consider reducing alcohol intake. If you do end up having a drink or two, make sure to offset this by eating foods that make you sweat less, and drinking a substantial amount of water. This will help your organs digest as well as they can, under the circumstances.
  • High-fat milk.
    • Like other fatty foods, drinking high-fat milk causes your body to work more to process all the fat. Maybe it is time to consider pouring skim milk on your morning cereal or using it for baking.

Ways to Reduce Excessive Perspiring

We have just discussed in detail some commonly consumed foods and drinks that increase perspiration. It may be time to reassess your diet if you tend to sweat excessively. Your new diet will need to be a healthy one, with less fatty and processed foods.  The number one thing to remember is to drink a lot of water. Water benefits the body and solves many other health issues that can affect perspiration. Plan ahead and always take a refillable container with you. Many people have found it easier to reach the daily recommended water intake when they have a “go-to” water bottle. Spend the few extra dollars to find a water bottle that makes you happy. Your body will thank you later. Although drinking extra water alone, won’t fix excessive sweating, it will help your body function the way it was intended to.

If you are a smoker, quitting smoking would be a wise decision to help reduce smelly sweat as well as the smoke odor from your clothes. Nicotine triggers the body to release acetylcholine which is another stimulant of moisture secretion, causing additional sweat.

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Cutting foods out of our normal diet can be hard!!  I have heard this phrase from nearly every friend who has gone on a specialized diet, “So, what can I eat?”  It becomes a little easier when we think about substitutions instead of cancellations. Try substituting healthier options which work with your body instead of against it, in place of the commonly consumed processed and fatty foods. Examples of some foods that make you sweat less would be water-dense fruits and vegetables, sweet potatoes, foods rich in calcium like cheese and dairy, oats, almonds, whey and olive oil.

These are yummy and healthy options to work into your daily diet.



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