March is National Nutrition Month, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to take a closer look at the link between food, sweating, and hyperhidrosis! National Nutrition Month is an educational and informational campaign that aims to spread awareness about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Sweating following the consumption of certain foods is something that a lot of us experience, particularly after eating hot and/or spicy foods. Certain foods are known to cause excessive sweating due to the various effects they have on the body, in relation to digestion, thermoregulation, and stimulation of the nervous system.
Diet-Induced Thermogenesis (DIT) is the production of heat that occurs after eating. Also known as the thermic effect of food, it is the energy that is produced as the result of the body metabolizing the food we have consumed. It is dependent upon the foods we eat, how much energy is burned, as well as our individual body composition.
The hypothalamus, which is the part of the brain that is responsible for regulating body temperature (and therefore, sweating), is also responsible for monitoring the intake of calories and sending a signal for extra energy to be burned, therefore generating heat. When you eat, your body expends extra energy breaking down that food, though generally not enough to trigger an increase in body temperature. However, in some cases, it can raise the body’s temperature just enough to activate the body’s cooling mechanism, also known as perspiration.
While nutrition is not thought to have a significant impact on hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), avoiding certain foods that can trigger a sweating response, as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle can benefit the individual. We’ve compiled a list of some key foods and drinks that can trigger a sweat response from the body when consumed. Some of these include…
Hot and Spicy Foods
Highly acidic foods and high-sugar foods can also lead to excessive sweating due to the effects they have on the body. People have different reactions to food and drink; it all comes down to body chemistry! Additionally, while some foods may not cause you to sweat excessively, they may make your sweat smell bad, leading to unpleasant body odor (BO). Garlic, onions, and sulfur-rich foods are the main offenders, so stay clear of them if you have an important event coming up!
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