What the smell of your sweat means

It’s hot and humid and as hard as you try, beads of sweat are trickling from your body 명조체 무료 다운로드. Horrors: even you can smell your own not-so-sweet fragrance! Why does sweat smell and what does it mean for your health?

Your own air conditioner
Sweat is a normal bodily function that starts just a few months after birth. Think of it as your body’s built-in cooling system. Thermoregulation (regulation of your body-temperature) happens when you secrete a water and sodium solution through glands all over your body. When wind blows over the sweat, it cools your skin, which cools down your body. This is a natural process that happens at any time, even when you’re sleeping. Your body can produce up to a litre of sweat per day, or up to 10 litres on hot days or when you’re exercising!

Sweat offenders:
What if it’s not hot and humid? Why do we sweat when we don’t have to cool down? Here are some of the main triggers that trigger your body’s sweat-response:

  • Hormonal changes due to puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause.
  • Spicy and hot foods Spices trigger certain nerve-receptors that tell your brain “it’s hot”. It basically fools your brain into thinking you’re warm, triggering a “cool-down” process.
  • Emotions and stress: You body’s fight or flight system is activated. A rush of hormones is sent through the body that triggers the heart rate and blood flow. Sweating occurs and this helps in cooling the body from the energy. If this process didn’t happen, you would over heat and damage your body.
  • Physical exercise and general movement: This raises the body’s temperature, and sweating happens to decrease the heat.
  • Medication or surgery side-effects: Certain medications cause sweating as a side-effect, as they may alter the hormones in your body.
  • Obesity: There are more fat cells in the body and too much stored energy that triggers heat.
  • Low blood sugar: This is called secondary hyperhidrosis, a condition which causes excessive sweating not necessarily due to exercise or higher temperatures, but due to the metabolic changes in your body.
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Sweat itself has no smell. It’s when it comes into contact with your natural bacteria, that an odour becomes obvious. This smell contains certain clues about your health too…

  1. Salty sweat: a lack of sodium in your body.
  2. Ammonia sweat: a lack of carbohydrates.
  3. Vinegar sweat: diabetes, menopause, hormonal disturbances and schizophrenia are linked to this odour.
  4. Fruity sweat: may be a sign of diabetes.
  5. Bleach sweat: you might have a liver or kidney disease.

Read here if you feel you sweat too much, or speak to one of our doctors if you notice changes in your body odour. If you respond to the clues your body gives you, your scent may just save your life!

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