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Stop Sweaty Armpits - 5 Ways To Stop Sweaty Armpits Naturally

Updated on January 3, 2016

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If you've been looking for a way to stop sweaty armpits, chances are you'd prefer a natural solution. Sweaty underarms can be a fairly normal occurrence when you are in your teens, but some people suffer with it all through their life. If you suffer from excessive sweating, it can make you really self-conscious when you're around other people. When you're with your partner, you might worry what they think about your underarm sweating, and if you’re single, sweaty armpits might mean you're too anxious to go on date.

As if your sweaty underarms weren't embarrassing enough, talking about them to someone so you can get some help, can be even worse. If you feel like you're missing out on life, here are some natural solutions to excessive sweating for you to try.

Exercise

Sweating is one of the natural ways your body gets rid of toxins. If you give the body a helping hand, by taking regular exercise, you might reduce the occasions where your body sweats to get rid of toxins during your normal daily activities. Exercise can also be really good for reducing stress, which can help if you're a "nervous" sweater, as well as other positive benefits that could help, such as weight-loss.

There is a connection between being overweight and an increased level of sweating. It follows then, that as you get closer to your ideal weight, you will automatically reduce symptoms of being overweight (one of which may be excessive sweating).

If you’re not sure if your symptoms are linked to you weight - and you are overweight - losing weight will be a healthy experiment which just might deliver the answer to your problem. (Plus you will get to enjoy all the other benefits that come with losing excess weight, such as more confidence, energy, fitness etc…)

Yoga

Your excessive underarm sweating might be because of a greater imbalance in your body. Rebalancing the body's system through exercise like yoga can be very beneficial. The breathing and movement exercises in Yoga harmonise your body and correct any imbalances, as well as helping with relaxation. You'll develop a more efficient metabolism, improved overall fitness and benefit from the release of endorphins. All of these effects combine to make you feel good - physically, mentally and emotionally.

Like all exercise, yoga is also an effective stress-buster. But when it comes to hyperhidrosis, yoga has an additional advantage. Regular yoga practice is great at inducing inner calm and emotional stability. So, if your excessive sweating is related to stress or anxiety, yoga could help immensely in reducing those occasions when you feel stressed. It will also help to reduce the severity of your anxiety when unavoidable stressful situations arise. In short, yoga will improve your overall fitness, detoxify your system, boost your wellbeing and stabilise your anxiety.

Since it addresses many of the health issues that lead to excessive sweating, yoga can be an effective route to not only reducing the symptoms, but also treating the cause.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has had extremely successful results in the treatment of excessive sweating (hyperhydrosis). Many cases report that acupuncture has radically alleviated their symptoms and some claim to be completely cured. And although, it does involve the manipulation of needles on the skin, regular users of the treatment do not regard it as painful. So, how does it work?

Acupuncture is an ancient Oriental medicine that uses fine needles to stimulate ‘acu-points’, special places along your meridians (your body’s energy channels). In the sophisticated manipulation of these points, the treatment aims to correct any mis-aligned energy channels that are causing illness, pain or suffering.

For sufferers of excessive sweating, an acupuncture practitioner can target the sympathetic nervous system (which controls sweat gland function). In addition, they can address points that deal with stress or enhance relaxation. In this way the treatment can reduce anxiety and promote confidence and emotional balance - factors which often influence the onset of sweating episodes. However, since acupuncture is a holistic treatment, it can also be helpful in cases of excessive sweating when the cause is unidentified.

Rather than just targeting a specific area which may or may not be the root cause of the problem, acupuncture treats the body as a whole. It’s possible, then, that the root cause can be rebalanced in the course of the overall treatment. The malfunction (which causes the sweating) can be diffused, even if it was never identified.

Diet

Firstly, there are a number of food and drinks that are notorious for increasing your body temperature and/or making your sweat. These are; spicy foods, processed foods, garlic, red meat, high fructose corn syrup, alcohol and caffeine. Greasy or deep fried foods also put pressure on your digestive system which can increase sweating problems. Luckily, there are also a number of foods that have been shown to reduce excessive sweating.

Fruit is a great source of fibre and vitamins which can be beneficial in improving both your immune and digestive systems as well as your overall health. Similarly, complex B Vitamins (found in whole-grain foods, fruit and vegetables) also help your body to eliminate waste products efficiently.

Eating foods that support your health can greatly reduce imbalances, which can lead to problems such as excessive sweating. Not only that, you will look and feel great too! Chamomile tea has been cited as a good way to reduce sweating. It also helps you to relax, so if your excessive sweating is triggered by stress or anxiety it could be doubly helpful. Also, drinking herbal teas is another way of increasing your water intake. Similarly, as fruit and vegetables have a high water-content, they are another easy way to get more water into your system.

There is a belief that drinking more water will make you sweat more. Whilst it’s possible that drinking tap-water may increase the toxins in your body, (which stress your system) drinking filtered or mineral water can be beneficial. In fact, for health reasons, it’s important that you drink plenty of water. Your body needs water to survive - even more so if you sweat. So, if you suffer from excessive sweating, you should try to replace your body’s lost fluids to maintain your health.

Natural Remedies

A number of natural remedies are becoming increasing popular with sufferers of excessive sweating. Although it seems to be the case that there is no single guaranteed solution - isn’t this also true of chemical treatments? But since these are natural remedies, you can try all or any of them without worrying about side-effects. In this way you can safely keep trying and testing until you find the cure that is right for you. So, here are just a few popular alternatives to those nasty chemical-laden products:

Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey. Mix 2 tsp of (non-acidic) apple cider vinegar with 2 tsp of thick (not runny) raw, organic, honey. Take three times a day on an empty stomach.

Magnesium supplements. These have been known to be helpful in stopping excessive sweating. However, they can have a laxative effect, so you might want to start on a low dose of 400-500 mgm, twice a day. (Magnesium is also helpful for calming the nerves, relieving depression and reducing stress and sleep problems.)

Sage. Boil a few sage leaves for 10 minutes in 1 1/2 cups of water then drink first thing in the morning. If one cup a day doesn’t work, try another one a few hours later. Also try adding sage to food.

Baking soda. Combine about a teaspoon of the baking soda and corn starch and mix with rubbing alcohol to form a paste. Add a couple drops of a nicely scented essential oil and it will smell good too! Apply before going to bed, and rinse off in the morning.

Tea soak. Brew a nice strong pot of black tea, let it cool, pour it into a plate of some sort, and soak hands/feet for 3-5 minutes. (Note: soaking too long could turn your skin brown.) For underarms, just get some tea on your hand and rub, let dry, rub again. You can also try this with sage tea.

If you'd prefer a natural and permanent way to stop sweaty armpits, there's plenty more information on the Internet.

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      Pansy1370 

      4 years ago

      Rubbing a small amount of Sudocrem on my underarms keeps me dry all day.

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