10 Natural ways to stop sweating in hot weather
Sweating is simply the body’s way of cooling you down, but some people suffer from a condition called hyperhidrosis, which is when a person sweats excessively. For these people, any increase in the temperature can bring about noticeable sweating that is uncomfortable and embarrassing. For some people the sweating occurs on specific parts of the body, like the palms of the hands, the underarms, and the feet, whilst for others, they sweat profusely all over their body. If you do suffer from excessive sweating, you can buy extra strong antiperspirants, but they can cause severe irritation of the skin, so let’s take a look at some natural alternatives with these ten natural ways to stop sweating in hot weather.
1. Cut out stimulants
Any form of stimulant will over-stimulate the nervous system and make the body release more adrenaline, which will make you sweat more. Cut down on the amount of coffee you drink and avoid alcohol and smoking. Caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol, will all increase the amount of adrenaline in your blood and make the sweating problem even worse.
2. Avoid spicy foods
Even if you don’t usually suffer with excessive sweating, extremely hot, spicy food will make you sweat. Avoid foods that contain hot peppers, garlic, onions and chilli, because they will stimulate the sweat glands and make you sweat more.
3. Drink plenty of cold water
Avoid drinking hot drinks, because they will raise your core body temperature. Instead, drink plenty of cold water, which will help to regulate your body temperature and stop you sweating too much. If you do sweat a lot normally, it is even more important that you drink plenty of water so that you do not become dehydrated.
4. Wear loose clothing made of natural fibres
Wear loose fitting clothing so that the air can circulate around your skin. This will both cool you down and help to dry out any sweat. It would be best if you wore 100% cotton clothing and avoided man-made fibres. Natural fibres let your skin breathe better and they soak up sweat so that it can then evaporate into the air.
5. Drink wheatgrass juice
Sweating is also caused by the body trying to rid itself of toxins, so there are several home remedies that you try that will help reduce excessive sweating by eliminating toxins. Wheatgrass juice eliminates toxins from the body and it helps to balance acids in the body too. It is also a rich source of B vitamins which help to regulate body temperature.
6. Apple cider vinegar
One of the most popular remedies for sweating is apple cider vinegar, which can be used both internally and externally. When used externally the astringent properties of apple cider vinegar will help to control sweating and, when you drink apple cider vinegar, it helps to balance out the PH of your body. If you dab some apple cider vinegar on your skin at bedtime and leave it on overnight, it will help to reduce the sweating in the day, or you can drink it diluted with water.
Sage is a very effective natural antiperspirant. It works by constricting the sweat glands, which reduces the amount of sweating, and it also contains magnesium and Vitamin B, which help to control the sweat gland activity. To make sage tea, steep a teaspoon of sage in boiling water or, to use it externally, let the tea cool and apply to the areas of the body on which sweating is a problem.
8. Baking soda
Baking soda works both as an antiperspirant and a deodorant, so it can be extremely useful to people who do sweat a lot. The best way to use it to treat excessive sweating is to mix a teaspoon of baking soda with water until it forms a paste. Add a drop of your favourite essential oil, and then apply to the areas of your body from which you sweat a lot. It will help to control the sweating and it will eliminate any body odour.
9. Black tea
The tannic acid that is contained in black tea works very well as a natural astringent and antiperspirant and it acts to kill the bacteria that cause body odour. Make a strong tea with 2 teabags and four cups of water and allow it to cool. Then apply the tea to the skin and repeat this daily. You should start to see a reduction in the sweating after a week or so.
10. Tomato juice
Tomato juice is another natural astringent that will shrink the pores and reduce sweating and it is also high in antioxidants that will help to regulate the production of sweat. Drinking a glass of tomato juice a day should reduce sweating and you can also use it directly on your skin. To use it topically, apply tomato juice to your skin and leave it for about ten minutes before you wash it off again.