Excessive Sweating – 5 Foods That Make You Sweat


Have you ever wondered why you sweat after a meal or a drink? That could very well be because you have just consumed food that increases your metabolic rate or simply makes you feel warmer inside.

So what are the foods that can make you sweat excessively?

1. Alcohol

Alcohol consumption has a similar effect on your body as when the body is exposed to natural heat like being under the sun. Normally, under circumstances like that, the blood vessels dilate to allow more blood to pass through.

This process will seal off the outer layer of your skin to prevent heat from seeping in. Upon the consumption of alcohol, your blood vessels dilate in a similar manner and heat is trapped under your skin which eventually causes you to sweat.

This is primarily the reason why people who live in cold areas like the Kazakhs are known for consuming lots of whiskey during the winter.


2. Spicy Food

This is a no brainer. Even a child knows that consuming spicy food will make you sweat. But the mechanism behind it is interesting. The culprit, you ask? It is the chemical capsaicin.

Capsaicin tricks your mind into thinking that the body is under extreme heat and as a response, your body temperature and metabolic rate increases and sweating occurs almost instantaneously.


3. Caffeine

The most common caffeinated beverage we know and most regularly consume is coffee. However, sweating as an after-effect of consuming coffee is not exclusive for hot coffee alone. Obviously if the beverage is hot, the sweating that follows will occur faster.

In fact, any beverage with caffeine can make you sweat. Caffeine is a natural stimulant. It makes your sweat glands more active than usual.

It also makes our heart beat faster, thus burning calories by increasing your metabolic rate which is manifested through sweat.


4. Salt

The average salt consumption allowed for humans is only 5 grams per day. However, there are certain foods, which have a higher salt content. Since the body can’t contain too much salt, it will automatically try to get rid of the excess salt in your system through urine or sweat.

So the lower your salt intake is, the lower are your chances of getting soaked in sweat.


5. Milk

High fat milk in particular causes sweating. The fat in the milk warms up the body and increases your body temperature making you sweat. In order to avoid this, try low fat options such as skimmed milk or 2% whole milk.

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