Nobody likes it, but we cannot escape our sweat either. We clear up seven myths about the unpleasant phenomenon.
When uncomfortable stains appear under the armpits on the new white blouse, we are usually annoyed at first. No herb seems to be able to withstand sweat. But as little as we like the annoying liquid - sweat is vital for the body. Because this is cooled when the sweat evaporates - and thus protects itself from overheating.
What's up 7 myths about sweat?
When it comes to sweating, there is a lot of prejudice. But what is really true? We'll examine seven myths about sweat.
1. Cold drinks protect against sweat
It would be nice - especially if it's really hot outside and sweat is just trickling away. In fact, the opposite happens: We cool our stomach with the cold drink, which is pleasant at first. But the brain receives the signal that it is too cold - the body temperature is promptly increased. Better: lukewarm drinks, for example tea.
2. Sweat always smells bad
That's not true: fresh sweat is almost odorless. Exception: in teenagers, a hormonal change can ensure that fresh sweat smells too. But why do we have that unpleasant "sweet smell" in our noses so often? This is due to bacteria that eventually break down the sweat. This is because long-chain fatty acids are broken down into small molecules, such as butyric acid. And, in keeping with its name, it creates a smell that is reminiscent of rancid butter - our "sweet smell".
3. We sweat the most under our armpits
Sounds crazy, but: In fact, less than one percent sweat occurs under the armpits. But where do the huge sweat stains on the blouse come from? The problem is our arms: Since they mostly cover the armpits, it is harder for sweat to evaporate here. So it stays on the skin - and takes care of the unsightly spots. In addition, bacteria can spread, particularly well in the moist armpit heat - this is where the above-mentioned sweat odor is most likely to develop.
4. Fit people sweat less
But on the contrary! The more trained someone is, the more likely they are sweating. Because: The body of an athlete reacts immediately when its temperature rises slightly and immediately begins the cooling process through sweating. As a result, the body temperature rises more slowly - which in turn improves performance. In short: athletes sweat faster and more than less fit people, but also more effective.
5. You lose weight by sweating
Unfortunately not. You don't lose weight just by sweating - at least not in the way you might think, and, above all, would like it to be. Because when we sweat heavily, for example, in the sauna, we primarily lose fluids. Normally this is around 100 to 500 milliliters a day. Those who have been extremely physically active all day can even lose one to two liters of fluid through sweating. You can see that on the scales - but it is vital to compensate for the loss of fluid! If you want to lose weight, you should make sure you change your diet and get enough exercise. And a look at our weight loss tips can certainly not hurt either.
6. Women and men sweat equally
That is also not true. Men sweat more and faster than women. This is due to the male hormone testosterone, which opens the sweat ducts. However: During menopause, women also sweat more intensely, and real hot flashes can occur. The reason: During the menopause, the proportion of testosterone in the female body increases.
7. We don't sweat in winter
Another misconception. Even in winter, the body has to regulate its own temperature, if only because the temperature difference between outside and inside is huge. We put on thick clothes to be protected from the cold winter air - and we usually wear clothes that are not very breathable. Unfortunately, it is clear that sweat can also collect underneath - especially when we enter a warm house again so thickly wrapped up.