Dr Oz: Why Do I Sweat?
Sweat happens to all of us, but what can you do about it? Find out how and why we sweat, whether Dr Oz prefers antiperspirant vs deodorant, and how wicking clothing works.
Dr Oz picked out an Assistant of the Day to help him explain some anti-sweat remedies and prevention methods. Josie admitted that she does sweat sometimes, and Dr Oz said that we all do when we are exercising or sometimes because we are nervous.
Josie said working out, hot temperatures, or nerves are all things that have made her sweat. What areas of the body produce the most sweat? The scalp, underarms, palms, feet, breasts, and pubic area are all sweat culprits. Sweat in intimate areas is part of hormonal attraction between mates.
Dr Oz: How Sweat is Secreted
When you exercise, the brain’s Hypothalamus sends a message to nerves under the skin to release sweat, as the blood vessels engorge and dilate. “Our species survived because we could sweat,” Dr Oz said.
Dogs pant because they cannot sweat. That is how primitive humans took down larger prey, through what Dr Oz referred to as Endurance Hunting.
Josie said she feels good about sweating during a workout, but she feels gross when she sweats just from being out in warm weather.
Dr Oz: Antiperspirant Vs Deodorant
Do you worry about the odor that your sweat makes? Dr Oz said that sweat does not cause a scent, but bacteria growing on the sweat can make you stink. There are tips you can rely on to manage that problem.
Most of us are using deodorant or antiperspirant. Dr Oz said he prefers not to use antiperspirant, just covering the scent with deodorant but still allowing the body to release sweat naturally. Do you think about this choice when you are shopping?
Dr Oz: Wicking Fabric & Avoiding Caffeine
Wicking fabrics or cotton clothes can help to manage sweat. That is part of the reason, Dr Oz said, why wet cotton takes so long to dry.
Drinking caffeine can make your sweating worse, increasing your metabolic rate. If you think this could be the reason you are wetter than you’d like to be, think about cutting some coffee out of your daily routine.
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