With the hottest months of the year already upon us, a change in our body’s precipitation levels is quite obvious. Although most of us cringe away from sweaty palms or awkward summer hugs, sweating isn’t such a bad thing after all.
“When the outer temperatures are running high, sweating is our body’s way of cooling us down,” says Dr Radhika Santi Gorthi, consultant general physician, Sri Venkateshwara Multispecialty Clinics and Diagnostics, Himayathnagar. “Having said that, excessive sweating isn’t such a good thing after all; it may lead to all sorts of skin infections and, therefore, should not be treated lightly,” she adds.
While deodorants and antiperspirants are the first thing we look to when it comes to reducing sweating, using too many chemicals isn’t advisable. Listed below are a few natural ways in which one can keep the body temperatures cool, and control excessive sweating as well as odours.
Coconut oil has magical medicinal properties. It can fight against the bacteria causing the sweaty odour. Massaging small amounts of coconut oil on the sweaty areas will act as natural deodorant and also help reduce body temperature. Keep in mind that the oil can stain your clothes; therefore, it’s best to use minimal amounts. Also, it is important to massage it till it is completely absorbed by your skin.
Rubbing a slice of raw potato on the sweaty areas of your body — feet, underarms, neck, etc., is a practice that has been passed down from our grandmother’s time. Although old, this is a highly effective way to controlling excess precipitation.
Both regular and apple cider vinegar will help flush out body toxins and control excess sweating.
Filled with antioxidants and natural coolants, these fruits are most helpful in reducing body heat and regulating internal temperature. Eating them raw or their intake in the form of juices will stop your body from overheating and excess sweating.
A glass of freshly squeezed tomato juice is one of the best ways reduce sweating. It eliminates toxins that usually result in sweating. They also improve blood circulation and act as antiseptic, if directly applied on the skin.