Try out these natural cures and remedies and manage excessive sweating.
Excessive sweating is more than just an embarrassing and irritating problem. It could be indicative of underlying illnesses and nutritional deficiency. Medically, excessive sweating is called hyperhidriosis.
Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which the nerves controlling sweat glands become overactive and send excess signals to them. As a result, the glands produce more sweat.
Primary hyperhidriosis is found more commonly in children and Secondary hyperhidriosis is found largely in adults. If you find yourself sweating unusually, here are certain natural cures and remedies that you can try.
On an average, 278 gallons of sweat pours out of a normal human being in a year.
People suffering by hyperhidriosis sweat much more than this amount
There are 250,000 sweat glands in your feet. This is why hyperhidriosis patients experience wet feet all the time.
Sage: Sage is one of the best natural remedies for excessive sweating. The best way to use sage is to drink it in the form of a liquid concoction. For making sage tea, add a tablespoon of fresh sage leaves and one and a half teaspoons of chamomile petals to a cup of boiling water. Do not boil after pouring in the ingredients. Let the sage tea settle for some time. Strain it and drink every morning and evening. Results can be seen in 2 to 3 weeks. If you cannot find fresh sage leaves, you can add a teaspoon of dried sage leaves as well. Another variation is to add a teaspoon of cider vinegar to the concoction. As a precautionary measure, keep in mind not to use sage continuously for more than four weeks since it can sometimes lead to heavy bleeding when injured or during menstruation.
Magnesium: Include magnesium rich foods in your diet. Examples of such foods are raw broccoli, oysters, okra, soy milk, spinach, tofu and whole grains. However, a lot of foods that are rich in magnesium are also rich in potassium. You should take such foods in lower quantities. Adult males require 400mg magnesium per day while adult women require 310mg. Women who are breastfeeding or pregnant require up to 360 mg of magnesium. One year old child needs 80mg of magnesium and this requirement gradually increases to 360mg by the time the child reaches 18 years of age. Increasing intake of magnesium by 20 mg to 40 mg more than daily requirement can prevent excessive sweating.
Practice relaxing techniques: Since hyperhidriosis is caused due to over-activity of nerves, practicing calming techniques such as deep breathing, ‘pranayama’ and meditation can help. When nerve activity is relaxed, excessive signals are not sent to the sweat glands.
Other useful natural cure tips are:
- Mix a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink every night
- Mix two teaspoons each of honey and vinegar and drink every morning on empty stomach. For more benefits, you can drink it half an hour before every meal
- Do not eat too much of avocados, red chilies, potatoes, tomatoes, cocoa in any form; pistachios, fishes, beans and dates since these are rich in potassium. Excessive sweating is also triggered by potassium.
- Drink 1 teaspoon of liquid chlorophyll mixed in a glass of orange juice
- One glass of tomato juice, taken on a daily basis helps control the problem considerably.
- Burdock tea mixed with honey helps in blood purification and hence, leads to reduced sweating since toxins in the body are eliminated through other means such as urination. Do not take burdock in excessive quantities
Usually, people use deodorants and anti-perspiration sprays to curb the problem of sweating. However, these products do not stop the production of excessive sweat. They merely prevent some of the side effects of sweating. So, use these remedies and uproot the problem from within.
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