5 facts about why we sweat


Sweating is a normal bodily function that helps regulate the body’s temperature and often occurs through two types of sweat glands known as the eccrine and apocrine glands.

Here are a few things you should know:

  • Sweating is the body’s mechanism for removing toxins.
  • Water is the main component of sweat, along with ammonia, vitamin C, and other substances.
  • There are two types of sweating:
  • Common sweating occurs from the eccrine glands during hot weather or after vigorous exercise to help the body cool.
  • Stress sweating occurs from the apocrine glands during extremely stressful situations.

  • Sweat often mixes with the bacteria present on the skin to create a distinct odor that differs from person to person.
  • Some individuals may experience excessive sweating, a condition known as hyperhidrosis, and may be a sign of a potential health concern.

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