Stress Sweat vs Workout Sweat: What’s the Difference?

Why do I sweat? 

Sweating is a natural bodily function that helps your body regulate its temperature.  When your body’s temperature rises above 98 degrees, the hypothalamus — your brain’s thermostat — tells your body to activate its sweat glands.  Once your body has started to perspire, the sweat begins to evaporate and lowers your body temperature closer to 98 degrees.

We often sweat when we exercise, but plenty of other activities can prompt our body’s temperature to rise, including situations that make us feel anxious, embarrassed or even mad.

What is sweat made of? 

Perspiration is generally composed of water, with small amounts of fat and electrolytes like sodium, potassium, and calcium.  These elements often give it a salty taste.

How much do we sweat?

According to the National Institutes of Health, an average adult can produce up to a quart of sweat per day.  We are born with between 2-4 million sweat glands all over our body!  Exactly how many sweat glands you have is dependent on your genes, and the amount you sweat is dependent on your fitness level, weight and your health.

What is the difference between stress sweat and workout sweat?

Stress sweat is caused when your body is reacting to an emotion, like anxiety, embarrassment or anger.  Stress sweat is released from your apocrine glands, which are often found near hair follicles under your arms, around your groin and on your scalp.   Stress sweat is initially odorless, but doesn’t evaporate as quickly as workout sweat and can develop an odor when it combines with the bacteria on your skin.

Workout sweat is caused by physical exertion, warm weather or even spicy foods.  This type of sweat is released by your eccrine sweat glands, which cover nearly your entire body (but are concentrated near your forehead, palms and feet).  These glands produce a clear, watery fluid when you exercise or are too toasty.

Why is it important to sweat?

Sweating is a natural bodily function and has two primary benefits.  First, sweat helps cool your body back to its resting temperature.  This is important in terms of preventing overheating.  Second, sweating has been shown to excrete toxins, including arsenic, mercury, lead, and cadmium, as well as rev up circulation and clear the pores.

How does Native Deodorant work on sweat?

Native Deodorant works to both absorb sweat and eliminate odors.  We formulated Native specifically to include ingredients that help eliminate the odor-causing bacteria under your arms, so that odor stays at bay.  In addition, our formula is designed to absorb sweat as you produce it.  As a result, Native Deodorant lets you release the toxins your body is trying to purge, but still prevents wetness.

Does Native Deodorant really work? 

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