There's no getting around it. Everybody sweats. There are many reasons it happens. You could be running at the gym, lying by the pool or sitting in an interview. Although it may seem like an inconvenience to you, sweating is a completely natural process that helps your body regulate itself when faced with physical or emotional stress.

Why We Sweat

The human body has 2-4 million sweat glands. When your body temperature rises, fluid is excreted from those glands. As it evaporates off the skin, it creates a cooling effect, helping the body regulate itself. There are several reasons this might happen:

  • Thermoregulatory Adaption - If you've been exercising vigorously, sitting in the hot sun or eating spicy foods, your body may begin to sweat.
  • Stress - Both physical and emotional stress can increase your heart rate and blood pressure, which can raise your temperature.
  • Sexual Message - When you fall in love, racing hormones have the potential to raise your temperature. Some studies have also shown that sweat can be a physiological signal your body uses to attract sexual partners.

Why It Smells

Interestingly, sweat by itself is odorless. But in the case of armpits, or other areas hidden by folds or creases, bacteria can naturally accumulate. This bacteria feeds off the proteins in the sweat and the chemical reaction that occurs is what actually creates the odor.

Men vs. Women

It may seem like men sweat more than women, but that isn't the case. The reason for this misconception is that men generally have larger bodies and therefore more sweat glands. So this makes it appear as though they are sweating more. In reality, how much you sweat is based entirely on your individual body makeup and chemistry.

Excessive Sweating

So, how much sweat is too much? In rare cases, parts of the body may sweat profusely, interfering with daily activity. This called hyperhidrosis. If you think you may have this condition, don't hesitate to mention it to your doctor, who can provide you with options for treatment.

Ways to Stay Fresh

Start by showering daily with an antibacterial soap, then afterwards apply your favorite Arrid Antiperspirant Deodorant. Available in a variety of forms and fragrances, you can get the protection you need in the scent you love.