Are you a Sweaty Betty? You’re not alone. It’s estimated that around 2-3% of Americans suffer from excessive sweating under their arms (known as axillary hyperhidrosis) or of their palms/soles of the feet (palmoplanter hyperhidrosis).
These are not ideal situations at times of handshakes or intimacy.
Why do we sweat?
Sweat is made up of water, salt, and electrolytes. Now sweat does serve an important purpose, as it signals a healthy and normal bodily function. It’s also the body’s way of cooling down. If you don’t sweat, say in the middle of a HIIT workout, then that’s a sure sign of dehydration.
Sweating also cleans the skin, releasing toxins and bringing moisture back into the body.
Most sweat doesn’t actually smell. Body odor is generated when sweat mixes with other bodily substances and bacteria on your skin, so be sure to scrub and wash regularly.