What does it Say about your Health? Breaking a sweat: Why do you sweat and how it affects your health

All people sweat . Some do more than others. The body naturally uses sweat to regulate its temperature and eliminate toxins. You can find clues to your health by how much and how little sweat you produce.

Dr. Rachel Ward MD helps us understand why sweating can be a sign of serious medical conditions such as stress or anxiety.

All people have sweat glands. It might seem strange, but sweat is the only thing that has an odor. Surprisedly, your sweat is actually quite sweet. It's sweet tasting, too. About 99% of the sweat you produce is water. Restricted amounts of ammonia and urea are found in 1% of the sweat.

The body's natural cooler, sweat is what you do. There are many situations where sweat can be produced. You might work out at the gym, or engage in another strenuous activity. You might find yourself working up a sweat in the morning before you go to work, school or for a presentation.

Turns out that there are two types.

Eccrine (common sweat) is the watery, light sweat produced when people are physically active in summer. This kind of sweat evaporates and cools down, but soaks through your clothes when you work out.

The term "stress sweat" (apocrine), refers to a type of sweat that feels thick and has fat. This type of sweat is produced when there's extreme stress. It comes from your scalp, armpits and groin.

How does sweat cause body odor?

Everybody has their own odor.

Your skin's normal levels of bacteria interact with your sweat and create your own scent. B.O. is when too many bacteria are found on the skin or in clothes.

Yes, that's body odor. Perhaps you have ever smelt that distinct scent in a locker. Is there something that makes people smell strange?

Dr. Ward states that "sweat by itself does not smell." Dr. Ward says that sweat has no smell by itself. But when it gets in contact with bacteria, things can get very foul.

That's right, it was! Ew! Ew!

It's enough to make you want to run for the bathroom. Your body's extreme reaction to stressful situations. You might be running for a missed flight or to give a presentation at work. You might want to apply a little more deodorant.

Stinky Feet:

Everyone has seen someone who suffers from stinky feet. Did you know that each foot contains approximately 250,000 sweat glands, producing on average a pint per day? What do you think will happen if your feet are covered in leather, or worse man-made "pleather", shoes for 8-12 hours?

Dr. Ward states that breathable shoes should be worn if your feet sweat a lot. You can also use breathable socks to keep your feet cool and dry. Over-the-counter antiperspirant and corn starch can be used in shoes.

Are You unable to stop sweating?

Or don't sweat at all? Some people sweat more than others, regardless of the circumstances. You may be suffering from hyperhidrosis if you are experiencing excessive sweating, despite your best efforts to control it. Hyperhidrosis can affect your entire body or a specific area like your armpits, palms or feet.

Hyperhidrosis is treatable with several options.

You may also notice that you aren't sweating after intense exercise. Anhidrosis can be a medical condition in which you cannot sweat normally. It is difficult to diagnose anhidrosis. This condition can either be passed down from your parents or inherited genetically.

While it sounds great to not sweat, it can prove fatal and serious. Dr. Ward advises that if you are unable to sweat your body won't cool off, and this can lead to serious health problems. The best treatment for anhidrosis is to find the cause.

It's more serious to sweat than you think

An abrupt onset of excessive sweating could indicate serious medical conditions, like a heart attack. You may also experience it due to metabolic conditions such as thyroid problems and diabetes. This can occur with certain cancers. Dr. Ward says, "The bottom line, if your sweating is excessive and you don't see any relief, then it's best that you visit your doctor."

How about antiperspirants and deodorant? What is the Difference?

Deodorant should be part of every day routine, just like toothbrushing. The body care aisle can make it difficult to shop for personal hygiene products. There might be deodorant sticks that are only for deodorants and others that are antiperspirants. How can you tell the difference?

This is the most important difference. Deodorant keeps your odor at bay. Antiperspirant also does the same thing. It keeps your odor at bay and prevents you from sweating, which can help avoid wet arms (and other places) in stressful situations. They reduce body odors caused by bacteria and sweat.

Recently, there's been an increase in antiperspirants and deodorants labeled "aluminum free." There was some speculation that the aluminum salts found in many antiperspirant/deodorants were linked to breast cancer. Recent research shows that there's no direct link between breast cancer and aluminum.