Could sweat be code for something else?

Could sweat be code for something else?

by Eunice Chua 21 Feb 2020

Many of us turn to products like anti-perspirants or deodorants to deal with our perspiration, but the globules of moisture are more than just a physical inconvenience – they can also be a sign of other health or diet-related issues. Before you rush off to find better sweat-wicking clothes, check out the different issues that your sweat could be hinting at.


There’s too much sodium in your diet

Getting sweat in your mouth when working out or jogging is a common occurrence and makes a good opportunity for you to identify possible nutritional issues. When your sweat is more salty than usual, it could be a sign that you are consuming too much sodium, so it may be time to pay closer attention to what you're consuming. 


You’re eating too much toxin-containing food

Apart from salty sweat, foul-smelling sweat could also hint that your diet is less than ideal. Your body secretes toxins from an overconsumption of certain foods like onions, garlic and alcohol through your sweat glands, so if your sweat smells funkier than usual, lightening up on your diet may help.


There’s too much bacteria on your skin

Another reason for nasty odours is the presence of bacteria on your skin. In this case, anti-bacterial soaps and anti-biotics could solve the problem. Managing your personal hygiene by shaving could also help with odour control.


You have an excessive sweating disorder

If you find yourself getting sweaty palms and pits more often than not (and especially when you are nervous), you may be suffering from hyperhidrosis. This condition affects at least 2 to 3 percent of the American population and while it causes much embarrassment, a trip to the dermatologist could help you to better manage the issue.


You may have a hidden medical condition

It's normal to be coated in a thin layer of perspiration after an intense workout, but if the stuff's just pouring off you and causing your socks to get damp, then you may want to take a quick trip to the doctor's. Certain health conditions like diabetes, thyroid disorders, low blood sugar, certain forms of cancer, infections and nervous system disorders are known to cause excessive levels of perspiration. If it seems out of the ordinary, you'd definitely want to have it checked out ASAP.


The human body is amazingly adept at throwing out signs when something's amiss; we just need to know how to identify them. This is why it’s important to not just wipe your sweat away and dismiss it – being mindful of your sweat “style” could help you quickly identify when a developing situation and nip it in the bud before it gets worse.