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Last updated August 3, 2016 (originally published August 17, 2012)
By Amber Reeves, Contributing Columnist

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If sitting at home with a good book causes you to get
soppy sweaty, or shaking hands feels like offering a raw
clam, you may suffer from "hyperhidrosis".

Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a disorder in which
a person suffers from frequent, unpredictable perspiration.
Excessive sweat may appear even when a person is cool,
relaxed, and otherwise feeling well and may happen locally
(on the hands, feet, or armpits), or generally throughout
the body.

According to a national survey conducted by the American
Academy of Dermatology in 2004, approximately 3% of us
suffer from excessive sweating. The condition may be
inconvenient though otherwise harmless, or may be a sign
of more problematic underlying issues. Diagnosis is possible
through a simple survey and examination by a medical
professional. And you’re in luck because there are natural
remedies that may provide some relief!

Common Causes of Hyperhidrosis

The cause of primary hyperhidrosis, the form of the
condition that happens without an underlying cause, is
unknown. However, it is often attributed to overactive
sweatglands, an overactive nervous system, or
anxiety, and
can be treated naturally.

Secondary hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating that occurs in
conjunction with other issues, happens in reaction to those
other conditions or medications a person may take to treat

The American Academy of Dermatology cites neurological
disorders including
Parkinson’s disease and nerve or spinal
injury as well as physical conditions like
diabetes or other
glucose regulation problems and
hyperthyroidism as likely
causes of an overproduction of sweat. These more serious
conditions must be treated before hyperhidrosis can clear

There are drastic measures you can take to "cure'
hyperhidrosis including having yourself injected with
Botox, according to 2013 study from Academic Hospital of
the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University Munich.

However, if you prefer natural treatments, we have
scoured  scientific studies to cull the following 10 natural
remedies that can help educe secondary excessive sweating
in most individuals.

Top 10 Natural Remedies for Excessive Sweating

1. Keep Clean and Airy: Tight clothes and a dirty body are a
sweaty combination. Bacteria thrive in the body’s close,
dark places and our pores eliminate this bacteria with
excessive sweat.  

Deny microbes a comfortable home by wearing loose
clothing of breathable fabrics. Dermatologist Dee Anna
Glaser MD of St. Louis University suggests showering daily
with an antibacterial soap, focusing on sweaty areas like
behind the knees, the back of the neck, and the armpits.
Stop the bad guys before they get to you!

Watch What You Eat: We keep our skin clean from the
outside, and we need to keep it clean from the inside. What
goes in, comes out and your body perspires to excrete
harmful toxins.

An epidemiological study of excessive sweating by Dr.
Nowell Solish of Ontario, Canada in 2007 states that the
more whole, fresh foods you consume, the more nutrients
your body can absorb and use and the less it will need to
sweat out.

What kinds of "whole, fresh foods"should you eat to avoid
excessive sweating? Try spinach, tomatoes, fruits such as
apples, oranges and berries. For meats, avoid the
pepperoni and other processed meats and opt for fish,
chicken or turkey.

Avoid processed foods that contain sugar, salt, and
chemicals you can’t pronounce. Your body will store the
sugar and fat that comes with these foods, making it
difficult for your body to cool itself.  

Processed foods to avoid include crunchy snacks such as
potato chips -- which often contain loads of salt --
pepperoni and sausage meats, bologna and hot dogs and
white bread, which is just another name for sugar!

All of these high-salt, high-sugar foods lead to an
overproduction of sweat at inopportune times. Again, fill up
on fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins that your body can
convert to energy. You will function more easily and
efficiently, reducing the need for excess sweat.

Rule Out Allergens: No matter how well you eat, if you
have an allergy to a particular food, your sweat glands will
kick into overdrive to clear it out, according to the British
Institute for Allergy and Environmental Therapy. Keep
track of what you eat and when you feel heavy sweating
coming on.

Notice any correlations between particular foods and
excessive sweating episodes. Try cutting back on possible
allergens and monitor your results. Consult and allergist if
you have trouble pinpointing a culprit or if heavy sweating
does not decrease.

Take a Breather: Health requires maintenance of the body
and the mind. Even if you don’t feel wound up, you may be
experiencing stress in less detectable ways. Do you work
full time? Do you have children? Did you hit traffic on the
highway today? Life is hard and the body manages the
stress we experience, releasing it in unexpected ways.
Excessive sweat may be your body’s way of telling you to

A 2007 study by the University of Massachusetts proves
that taking time everyday to focus on your breathing can
improve physical fuctioning, including reducing excess
sweating. Sit down and take deep, consistent breaths with
your eyes closed. Notice the difference in your sweating
following these meditative moments.

Relax and Relieve with Acupuncture: Having trouble
relaxing on your own? Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese
healing practice, has been known to curb excess sweating,
according to a 2003 case study published by the British
Accupuncture Society.

An acupuncturist, through a series of questions regarding
your sweating condition, can determine where on the body
your system is blocked, causing disorder and discomfort.
The specialist will place ultrafine needles at particular points
along blocked passages to relieve tension and painlessly
remedy the targeted disorder. Many cases of hyperhidrosis
have been treated with this simple, effective practice.

Drink Your Vinegar: Nature has provided us with
ingestible ingredients to treat our physical and mental
problems and apple cider vinegar is nature’s magic potion.

Besides treating most other physical conditions, when
taken daily by the spoonful, a 2002 study conducted by the
Mayo Clinic on women experiencing night sweats suggests
apple cider vinegar can help reduce excessive sweating.

Vinegar’s antibacterial and antimicrobial properties will
clean up your system, including your sweat glands and
pores, leaving you feeling refreshed. Hate the taste? A
spoonful of honey makes this ‘medicine’ go down and
offers natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

Take Time for Tea: Other natural ingredients for curing
our ails include herbs and spices. A study performed by the
Isfahan University School of Medicine in Iran reports that
fresh sage and mint, taken as a tea, can be used to treat
excessive sweating. Sage contains tannins, astringents that
tighten the skin’s pores, reducing the production of sweat.
Mint is soothing to the body, calming the nerves and
relaxing the skin. Make a fresh cup by adding 6 fresh sage
and 6 mint leaves to half a cup of hot water for ten
minutes. Add a spoonful of honey for that natural
antibacterial boost.

Electolyte Up Your Life: Our body also produces natural
combatants for systematic irregularities. Electrolytes in
balance keep things running smoothly. According to a
study by the University of Benin in 1987, excessive
sweating leads to low electrolyte levels, one of which is
magnesium. Low magnesium in the body can be life
threatening, causing neurological stress and perpetuating
excessive sweating. Replace lost magnesium by eating
plenty of leafy greens like spinach and kale. Nuts and
legumes such as almonds and beans are also rich in
magnesium. The best way to increase any important
vitamin, mineral, or electrolyte is through diet, but
magnesium can also be found in supplement form.  Keep
your electrolytes in check and you system in a state of

Soak Up Some Soda: According to the American
Academy of Dermatologist’s study of 1989, baking soda is
another natural remedy for hyperhidrosis.

When mixed with hot water, baking soda creates a
soothing, healing bath for our skin and pores.

For those with excesses sweat production, the alkaline
properties in baking soda neutralize the acidity of our
sweat, slowly putting production to a halt.

Put clammy hands or feet in a bowl of hot water with
enough baking soda to make it cloudy. Rub the mixture on
stinky armpits and let sit. Or draw a bath and soak your
whole body in the soothing concoction for 20 to 30
minutes. Rinse and relax.

And of course…Exercise! : You’ve heard it a million
times from your mother to the TV to your doctor. Our
bodies really were made for moving, so give it some help
by making it sweat! “But I want to sweat LESS!”, you say?
A 2008 study by the Netherlands Department of Clinical
Pharmacy proves that by encouraging your body to sweat
more through exercise, you are less likely to sweat at other
times. If you have eliminated toxins, increased blood flow,
and released tension in an hour of cardio or a steady
weight lifting session, your body won’t need to when you’
re trying to get to sleep at night or are out on that first


Avoid Foods With High Arsenic Levels

One of the symptoms of arsenic poisoning is excessive
sweeting. Many people are exposed to arsenic through
their food. A bowl of rice for example contains as much
arsenic as the maximum amount allowed by the
government in a liter of water. (Read more about
arsenic in
your food.)

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