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Foods That Reduce Excessive Sweating

Excessive sweating can be very uncomfortable and most of the people who suffer it would love to find a way to reduce it. It is often a result of how weather, a warm environment or even illness, but quite often it is a result of your diet. Garlic, onions, spicy foods such as peppers and chillies, and even caffeine can all crank up the gears when it comes to sweating, creating the dreaded patches on clothing – how embarrassing right?! Whether the food increases circulation which increases sweating, or the food is secreted through the skin because the body is unable to digest it, nobody likes to sweat. Thankfully, there are some foods you can eat or drink that can in fact help to reduce excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis.

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Water

Being properly hydrated is essential when it comes to ensuring the body is functioning as well as it possibly can. Therefore, you should aim to drink at least two litres of water each day. Water also helps to flush out toxins that may cause an offensive odour.

Yoghurt

Calcium helps to regulate the body’s temperature, so yoghurts and in fact many other dairy foods could be useful for you when trying to reduce sweat. Almonds and baked beans are also packed with calcium (although beans do apparently have a rather unpleasant side effect of flatulence when consumed to excess!).

Oatmeal

Swap oatmeal into your breakfast routine if you want to reduce your fat intake, which is also a factor in hyperhidrosis. Whole grains are also very good for you, containing B-vitamins to get the most from the food you eat and improve your metabolism.

Tomatoes

Among the many benefits of tomatoes, they contain potassium and magnesium which can help to reduce extra sweating. Drink one glass of tomato juice per day or eat a portion of raw tomatoes each day to get the benefit of it.

Foods rich in magnesium

Pumpkin, spinach and soy beans, like almonds and tomatoes, are an excellent source of magnesium which is indicated to be beneficial in the diets of those who wish to control or reduce excess sweating.

Watermelon

Watermelon is an excellent source of B vitamins, water and fibre. As well as keeping the body hydrated and cleansing the body of some toxins which may cause an offensive odour, it also helps with metabolic function. 

Author Bio: Sarah is a keen writer with a special interest in health and beauty. She also works alongside Nutricia who specialise in the delivery of advanced medical nutrition.

 

 

Excessive Sweating And Homeopathy, Together Or Miles Apart?

It’s no wonder individuals with an excessive sweating condition are looking for effective treatments. Primary or focal hyperhidrosis has a significant impact on quality of life and has been referred to as the ‘silent handicap’. As such, these patients often inquire about the role of homeopathy in the treatment of excessive sweating. I am often asked about my opinion on homeopathy. What is homeopathy? Does it work? Are there specific homeopathic treatments for excessive sweating? These are all very good questions. Let me tell you why you want to think twice about treating your excessive sweating condition with homeopathy. As a pharmacist, one of my primary concerns is making sure my patients get the right medication at the right dose. Sounds pretty simple but I don’t need to tell you how important this is. And, as a pharmacist, one of my concerns about treating with homeopathy is also related to patients getting the right dose.

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It wasn’t until the early 1500s that we began to understand the concept of dosing. Paracelsus, a German-Swiss physician/botanist/alchemist was on to the concept of dose when he wrote: “the dose makes the poison.” He understood that any ordinarily harmless substance can be toxic if taken at high enough doses. Similarly, dangerous substances were relatively harmless if given in low doses. Paracelsus also believed many curative substances could be derived from plants and his line of thought was related to the difference between a drug and a poison, that is, its dose. Doesn’t sound like a big deal today, but 500 years ago, the concept of giving substances in prescribed amounts was not part of scientific or medical theory. Some four centuries later, in early 1900s, scientists began to have a greater understanding drug dosing. The concept of dose-response was getting a lot of attention. In other words, the response to a treatment is correlated to the dose and more particularly the drug or active ingredient concentration achieved in the body. Too little will have no effect, too much may be toxic and give rise to unwanted side effects. But somewhere in the middle, a substance may have the desired effect we are looking for, without the burden of side effects difficult to tolerate.

Everything that we have discovered and continue to develop in medicine is grounded by principles and laws of chemistry and physics. One of those principles is based on the fact that desired effects are dependent on the concentration of active ingredient. One of the so-called principles of homeopathy is to give a substance in minute doses (which already sounds a little controversial). In other words, active ingredients in homeopathic preparations undergo a series of successive dilutions until the desired ‘minute dose’ is achieved. From a statistical and mathematical perspective, these extreme dilutions may well mean the pill you are taking does not contain anything purported to be active. For example, the ingredients in Oscillococcinum (Anas Barbariae Hepatis et Cordis Extractum) are diluted 200 times. Each dilution is a 1:100 dilution or a 1% dilution. In other words, every dilution results in a 1% solution or mixture, and this dilution is repeated 200 times. And so what are left behind are probably the pill’s excipients or fillers. Let’s face it, that ‘bit of oscillococcinum activity’ that has been diluted exponentially in somewhere in the blend and probably not in your pill. Any therapeutic response that you get from Oscillococcinum is likely due to a well-engaged placebo effect.

My skepticism about homeopathy is further enhanced by its lack of clinical support. As a pharmacist, I was trained to think that any substance claiming to have a therapeutic effect should be supported by clinical evidence. To put it bluntly, show me that this thing works. And please, not just in 10 people! It turns out homeopathy has very little evidence, if any, to support its claimed effects on medical conditions. But what about homeopathy and excessive sweating?  Just to be sure, I accessed the National Institutes of Health’s US National Library of Medicine which houses over 23 million citations from the biomedical literature found around the world. When I entered keywords such as ‘homeopathy’ together with ‘excessive sweating’ or ‘hyperhidrosis’, I thought a few study abstracts might surface from the plethora of citations. My search came up empty, not one citation came to the forefront. The bottom line for me: if you can’t show me that a substance has a therapeutic effect in a respectable number of individuals, it is difficult for me to recommend it to my patients.

Given these arguments, it is hard for me to conceive that homeopathic substances (I choose the word ‘substance’ as opposed to remedy or treatment as it does not inherently suggest that it has a therapeutic or medicinal effect) have any effect on excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis. Having said this, homeopathic formulations containing Nitricum Acidum, Silicea or Ipecacuanha will likely claim to treat and reduce ( BEWARE: you might even see the word “cure”) excessive sweating. If you decide to try any of these and you don’t have much success, at least you will know that it is probably due to the dose and the lack of proof.

The Dry Pharmacist is a licenced pharmacist in Canada with an interest in the treatment of hyperhidrosis. For more on excessive sweating and homeopathy, including a backgrounder on homeopathy from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) click here.

Just Sweat Through It

Since launching my blog Sweat Through It last year on the trials and tribulations of a hyperhidrosis sufferer I consistently receive messages asking, “How can I stop hyperhidrosis? What treatments do you recommend?” The truth is, I don’t have many recommendations. I am no doctor nor medical professional, but I can offer insight on how to cope with hyperhidrosis.

We’re often so consumed with how to fix a situation rather than discovering new ways to live or adapt in the situation. We each live with hyperhidrosis differently, but across the board it’s without a doubt challenging. Here are a few tips on how to face the challenge:

1. Start Talking.

We are masters at hiding excessive sweating. Sweating is frankly embarrassing and its not the first topic that springs to mind when catching up with a pal. Find a friend or family member you can talk to despite how uncomfortable it is. The more I talk to my close friends about my condition I find two things; 1) they’ve never noticed before, and 2) they have zero judgement. By making myself vulnerable a weight has been lifted, I’m no longer carrying around a secret that I found shameful. Those who matter most to you accept all of you, including the extra droplets of sweat.

2. Embrace The Sweat.

For many years I resisted accommodating my lifestyle for excessive sweating. Why can’t I wear cute silk dresses with sandals?! Let go of what you cannot have and embrace what you can. Harboring resentment and being stubborn to adapt will not serve you in any way. Move forward with your sweat. I’m not asking you to look at “the brighter side” rather simply accept to live without. Your mind will start to foster creative solutions rather than focusing on the road block in front of you.

3. Find What Makes You Happy.

It’s very easy to get stuck in a depression from hyperhidrosis. It’s a constant challenge for me to keep my confidence afloat. I’ve found that by keeping an active lifestyle with a structured schedule and recreation I’m happier. An idle mind has more time to dwell on my body’s malfunctions. Explore ways to occupy yourself with positive outlets. Grab a friend to try a new hobby or find a community class. Do something! Don’t let hyperhidrosis stop you from enjoying the fruits of life.

Until you find the solution to lessen your hyperhidrosis symptoms take a moment to understand on how you can be more comfortable in your damp skin.

Guest author is the writer behind Sweat Through It, a blog inspired by the day to day life with hyperhidrosis. Residing in sunny Los Angeles she enjoys sweating profusely in hot yoga, attending concerts, and reminding her friends she needs to sit in the shade during brunch.

miraDry® – The New Permanent Solution To Axillary Hyperhidrosis

The International Hyperhidrosis Society has recently reported on a new permanent treatment for excessive sweating. It is called miraDry® and it can only be used for axillary hyperhidrosis, which is the excessive perspiration of the underarms.According to two studies carried out in 2012, this new treatment can reduce sweating up to 90% for good.

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How Does It Work?

miraDry® is a non-invasive device that uses electromagnetic energy, which then converts into heat, to eliminate the sweat glands. These do not grow again after treatment – this is why it is an effective way to defeat hyperhidrosis once and for all. However, the treatment needs to be repeated twice to be completely effective (and to make sure the glands have actually been eradicated).

It only works on the armpits because, in order to work, there needs to be a layer of fat between the device and the glands.

How Safe Is It?

Some of the side effects found in the studies included transitory inflammation, uneasiness, or numbness of the skin in the treated area. No major side effects or risks were reported.

The same technology behind miraDry® (electromagnetic energy) has been successfully used in other medical areas, such as urology, oncology, cardiology and general surgery.

If you wish to find out more on miraDry®, the research is published here. However, the treatment is not yet available in Europe.

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Video – Botox As A Treatment For Excessive Sweating

In this video Dr Jennifer Walden, an expert plastic surgeon from Austin, Texas, explains how botox injections are used as a preventative cure for excessive sweating and discusses associated benefits of this apparent ‘wonder drug’ live on KXAN.com: Austin Local News.

 

What Is Botox?Botox is FDA approved for cosmetics purposes, such as treating wrinkles between the brow, but we can now treat excessive sweating – which is called hyperhidrosis – of the palms, of the hands and of the underarms, which is an embarrassing condition for many people.

How Does It Work?

Botox actually blocks the chemical signal that stimulates to sweat glands to secrete sweat. So not only does it paralyse muscles when it is injected into them for cosmetic purposes, but it will do the same to the sweat glands when injected into the skin, thus stopping neurotransmissions from creating unnecessary sweat.

Is It Safe? Isn’t It Natural To Sweat?

It is actually very safe and it will not stop you from sweating altogether, as your normal thermo-regulation will not be affected, but the treatment will control over activity by the glands.