With the dog days of summer in full swing, there are no two ways about it: it’s hot outside, and that means people sweat. Still, as gross as sweat can be, it’s actually a vital part of our lives. The 2.6 million sweat glands in the human body work hard to get us to chill out, but most people don’t know that sweating can also be an indicator of several health-related issues.
Here are the main ways that sweat can be trying to tell you something important about your body!
1. You’re stressed.
As it turns out, stress sweat comes from entirely different glands than heat sweat! Not only that: stress sweat is actually called apocrine sweat, and it’s thicker and smellier than normal sweat. So if you start to feel the heat, it might be time to relax a little.
2. You could be pregnant…or in menopause.
Shifting hormones in your body can cause your endocrine system to go haywire. This means that your body can get sweaty and hot out of nowhere. These hot flashes can be a sign of pregnancy or menopause.
3. You’re dehydrated.
If your sweat is stinging your eyes or leaving residue on your skin, it could be a sign of dehydration. You should drink more water to balance out the salty sweat.
4. You’re nearing heatstroke.
Sweat is designed to hep you cool down and avoid heatstroke, but if you suddenly stop sweating and feel nauseous…watch out! This could mean that your body is exhausted and its resources have been allocated to reactions other than sweat. If this happens, find help, water, and shade ASAP.
5. You have hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excess sweating. It’s characterized by parts of the body sweating even after activity has stopped, and it’s particularly focused in the palms, feet, and head.
6. You need to change your diet.
This is for those who find themselves smelling a weird, fishy odor when they sweat a lot. It could be a sign that your body is having trouble breaking down trimethylamine, and you may want to talk to your doctor about changing your diet.
7. You might have a serious medical emergency.
Sweating, particularly when not doing strenuous activity, could be a sign of heart issues. If this is happening to you, you may want to see your doctor.
Who knew that sweat could tell you so much about your body? With how hot it is outside these days, it’s as important as ever to stay informed and be safe!
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