The New York Times reported yesterday on the Australian open tennis tournament. Here. Rafa Nadal has had a virus and it has been affecting his play and his sweating. He keeps having to change his shirt for a clean dry one because of the excess sweat. See a quote here
“Clearly, this is not a time to be feeling sluggish: Nadal is four victories from becoming the first man since Laver in 1969 to hold the four tennis trophies that matter most.
“When I play and I’m anxious, I’m a player who sweats more,” he said. “But even when there’s no anxiety here, I’m sweating like crazy. And what concerns me most is that I’m getting tired during practice.”
Now for the reassuring news. Despite all the shirt-changing, Nadal has yet to drop a set.
The interesting thing in the quote is that anxiety is not part of the problem in his case. This is not true for me and many other hyperhidrosis sufferers. In fact anxiety is one if the main factors for many people who suffer from too much sweat. Anxiety and worry will make your existing sweat problem worse for most people.
Nadal’s problem is obviously much more to do with the virus that he had. This is why it is so important to find out exactly what is causing you to sweat too much. Obviously the top tennis player in the world will have his own doctors and advisers on hand to help him. He is like a well oiled tennis machine ready to do battle in his next game.
So if you have too much sweat you should find out exactly what is causing it. Then you can start treating it appropriately. There are many treatments from medication to dietary advise and help.
What you eat and drink can have a huge impact on how you control your sweating. As a general rule – the more spicy and “hot” food you eat the more you are going to sweat too much. This is stating the obvious to you if you are coping with excess sweat. But there are ways of cooking food that will reduce your sweat problem.
Use Fresh Ingredients
I have found that by cooking and eating fresh ingredients rather than tinned or packaged foods that sweating can be reduced. I am not a scientist but simply know from experience that this is quite an important aspect of controlling excess sweat.
Spices & Herbs
Something worth doing is changing to fresh herbs and spices from the powdered version that you can buy in little tubs. This costs a little more but means you can enjoy the flavours of the herbs and spices without losing control of your sweat glands. An example of this would be a recipe that asks for basil and chilli in it. Instead of breaking open the tubs of processed spices and herbs you could put in a fresh chilli pepper and some fresh basil leaves taken from a plant in your kitchen.
Being sensible with strong flavours
The thing to do is reduce the levels of the flavourings by half and see how you go. For me this is often all I need to do to stop excess sweating. I can still enjoy a mild version of the flavours without creating personal sweating problems for myself. You will never be able to enjoy Chicken Vindaloo (No one really does anyway!) but by using fresh ingredients you will be able to eat much more interesting meals.
Most people reach for antiperspirants to control sweating. People who suffer from excess sweating can be prescribed products that will help control their sweating. Not all of these are readily available over the counter and need supervision from a doctor.
Compared to the standard products such as Lynx and Sure these products are much more specialized. More specifically they contain aluminium choloride hexahydrate. It is much stronger than aluminium on its own. It is present in products like “drysol”.
Aluminium salts have been used for the last 80 years and are non-toxic. They work to prevent the sweat reaching the surface so that the body still releases sweat but it doesn’t break out on the skin – although it needs to be used regularly about twice a day to remain effective.
Side effects can be itchiness, redness and sometimes even a burning sensation in the area where it is applied. These items are not cheap but can be really effective. As always, one needs to keep good personal hygiene.
So antiperspirants do work for some people some of the time. For others the search will continue for a better solution. You find out more about a natural remedy for excess sweating by Clicking Here!