So you sweat a lot from your armpits? Summer is here and we’ve assembled some of our most effective tips and tricks to get you feeling dry and confident.
Excessive sweating can be an embarrassing condition and is known to cause a lot of anxiety in our lives.
Sometimes we sweat simply because it's hot outside and other times for more complex reasons such as diet or anxiety.Here are 7 tips and tricks to stop sweating so much from your armpits:
1. Switch it up from deodorant to an antiperspirant!You may have thought all along that your daily roll on is a prescription grade antiperspirant but have you read the label carefully? Sure your favourite smelling deodorant that you’ve been wearing for years has the words “antiperspirant” on it but that may be a marketing tactic. Ask your pharmacist about a prescription grade antiperspirant for hyperhidrosis and that will make a big difference.
2. Shave or Trim Those Underarms.Your hair traps heat and allows moisture to linger for a longer time, which can put some serious sweat stains on your clothes. By getting rid of some or all of the hair in the underarm area your body will feel cooler and not need to produce as much sweat.
3. Limit your caffeine intake.We all love a nice cup of coffee in the morning. Caffeine is known to accelerate the heart rate and get the nervous system moving. One consequence of an overstimulated nervous system is excessive sweating. If you’re serious about trying to eliminate your sweat stains, you’ll find an alternative method to keeping yourself awake in the morning. Some options are cardio, morning stretches or a cold shower!
4. Stay Hydrated!If you sweat excessively, you’re losing a lot of water. Make sure you replace that water lost with drinking a solid amount of water during the day.
5. Shower and Cool Down.Are you rushing to get dressed and head out the door right after finishing your shower? Give yourself a chance! Hot showers heat our internal body temperature and putting your clothes on right away will take away your opportunity to cool down. You’ll be sweating before you even head out the door. Planning ahead and allowing some cool down time after showering can give your body a chance to start the day fresh.
6. Does Your Diet Make You Sweat?Some of your favourite foods are likely contributing to your sweaty underarms. If you want to do a test to see if your diet is contributing to your excessive sweating, cut back on the following foods for some time to see if there’s an improvement.
- Spicy foods
- Candy and “junk” food
- Processed Meats
We get it, it’s no fun to have to cut back on caffeine, alcohol and some of our favourite comfort food but your body could be trying to tell you something.
Replacing these items with food that can help you reduce your sweating is a good option.
Some foods that reduce excessive sweating are:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Olive Oil
Getting your anxiety under control is a key factor not only for stopping sweaty armpits but also for a better life. If you feel that your anxiety is impacting your life and the amount you sweat, we have some suggestions!
- Meditation. Establishing a meditation routine has shown tremendous benefits to people who suffer from anxiety and hyperhidrosis.
- Speaking with a therapist. That private outlet to discuss issues and learn anxiety reducing techniques is one of the most useful options in improving stress and sweating.
- Exercise. Get those endorphins released and become more in touch with your body. You’ll feel more confident, be more relaxed and have more control over your body if you treat it with care and work it out.