Why We Sweat


Whether you’re going for a jog, running around after the kids, relaxing on a tropical beach, or preparing for a presentation at work, sweating is a fact of life. We all do it. But sometimes, excessive sweating can be uncomfortable or lead to unpleasant odours and visible marks – all of which can be embarrassing in public situations. Read on and find out why we sweat, so you can start to understand the best way to manage it.


Although it can be bothersome at times, sweating is an important way to regulate your body temperature. After sweat is released, the water based liquid evaporates. This helps to draw the heat away from your skin to cool you down. There are several factors which cause you to sweat, including:
  • Physical activity that elevates your body temperature
  • Being in a heated environment
  • Heightened emotions such as fear, stress, and anxiety
  • Recollections of these emotions
  • Infections and fever
  • Fluctuations in hormone levels
  • Food and diet
  • Toxins



Excessive sweating is commonly caused by stress. Two other common factors are your genetic makeup or an underlying medical condition.

If your excessive sweating has no underlying medical cause, it simply means that the nerves responsible for triggering your sweat glands are overactive and prompt sweat production even when it's not needed.

It’s important to see a qualified physician to receive an accurate assessment if you are unsure about the cause of your excessive sweating. Only a qualified physician can rule out underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes, malaria, menopause or obesity.

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