It’s wintertime, so you may not be too concerned about sweating… unless you are one of the 8 million Americans suffering from hyperhidrosis. It could be 30 degrees out and you’ve lathered your armpits excessively with antiperspirant, yet you still find yourself sweating through your shirt because, according to doctors, you may sweat up to five times as much as the average person.
So, what do you do?
There are several highly effective treatments for hyperhidrosis, including the iontophoresis device; however, in this article we will be exploring how to manage and control excessive sweating on a day-to-day basis. Specifically, we’re talking about your diet.
These foods may not be treatments for hyperhidrosis, but certain foods can help you manage your excessive sweating. Here are a few foods and beverages that you may want to try.
You’ve heard of fighting fire with fire, but what about fighting water with water? Consuming water helps moderate your body temperature. When your internal temperature is lower, your body won’t feel the need to cool itself down with sweat.
- Fruits and Vegetables
Choose fruits and veggies that are filled with water for the same reason mentioned above. Smart options include grapes, watermelon, spinach, broccoli, peppers, red cabbage, and eggplant.
Cheese and dairy are rich in calcium, which is another mineral that helps to regulate body temperature. For breakfast have a bowl of cereal or yogurt and snack on a cheese stick later in the day.
The potassium in bananas is great for fighting sweat. Potassium is an electrolyte that helps to keep your body hydrated.
Oats are rich in fiber and don’t contain a high fat content, so your body digests this food very quickly. As a result, it doesn’t have to work as hard or produce as much sweat to cool down.
Eating the right foods is a great step towards a healthier, drier life. Of course, no food is going to be the magic cure to your hyperhidrosis, but it will help you manage excessive sweating to some extent. For more information on how to combat hyperhidrosis, talk to your dermatologist about treatment options.