5 Things Your Sweat Is Trying To Tell You
No one really likes waking up with such a sweaty face that they can’t apply their makeup. It sucks when it seems like every white shirt you own is discolored too. Believe it or not though sweat is essential for keeping you cool. When your body temperature goes up your nervous system gives your sweat glands approval and you’re covered in moisture. The moisture will then evaporate and leave you much cooler. Here is what your body is trying to say when you sweat.
1.You Need to Calm Down
Sweat is a sign of stress so if you find you smell a little of sweat then take a step back and think about what’s been on your mind. If the sweat is mostly centred around your armpits then it’s caused by stress. The sweat that happens when we’re hot is made by the eccrine glands around our entire body. It’s made from water and salt. On the other hand “stress sweat” is made by our apocrine glands and these are only in certain places. The armpits are one of them. This sweat also contains fat and protein that mix with the bacteria living on our skin to produce a nasty smell. This kind of sweat is also a sign of fear and anxiety.
2. You’re Making People Happy…Or Afraid
It’s really strange but true that people can tell how you feel based on the smell of your sweat. An experiment was performed where 36 women smelled the sweat of 12 men who had been watching videos that were designed to either scare them or amuse them. When a woman smelled a sweat sample from one of the scared men she usually responded by making a scared face herself. The women were more likely to smile when they smelled the sweat of a happy man. So don’t be afraid to smile at the gym.
3. You Need More Sugar
The optimum level of blood sugar in the body is between 70 and 100 milligrams per decilitre, if measured when fasting. If it goes below that 70 mark, whether because you have diabetes or you’ve been exercising too much, you can really feel it. One symptom of this is excessive sweating and clammy skin, especially at the back of your neck or your hairline. Also be on the lookout for quickened heartbeats, shakiness, nausea, dizziness and blurred vision. The good news is that most of the time you can get your blood sugar back to normal with a bite to eat or a quick drink. If your blood sugar keeps going down then it could be a sign of a major medical problem and you should see your doctor about it.
4. You Need to Change Your Diet
If you notice that your sweat smells particularly of fish then it’s possible you could have trimethylaminuria; a rare genetic disorder that causes your body to be unable to break down the chemical compound trimethylamine which is produced when you eat eggs, fish, and legumes. Your body gets rid of the trimethylamine through sweat, urine, and your breath and it leaves you smelling like rotting fish, eggs, or garbage. At least according to the National Institutes of Health. If you suspect that you may have trimethylaminuria then consult your doctor about putting together a treatment plan. Such a plan will likely mean cutting out the foods that cause the creation of trimethylamine and taking supplements.
5. You Should Probably Drink More than Your Workout Buddy
Have you ever head sweat that drips into your eyes and cause stinging pain? Do you find that dry sweat leaves your cheeks with a white streak? If so then you may be a salty sweater. This is most common with people who drink lots of water and don’t eat a lot of sodium. If this sounds like you then you’re going to need a sports drink or an electrolyte tablet you can mix into water well before the average exerciser.