If you’re brave enough to bite into a jalapeno pepper, your body will go into overdrive. Besides your mouth feeling like it’s on fire, you start sweating up a storm. There are certain foods that will make you sweat excessively; so, if you’re looking to have a peaceful meal, avoid these eight bites:
- Fatty and processed foods:
Chocolate, white bread, fast food and other foods that are processed make you perspire. Your body needs to work extra hard to process these foods causing you to sweat extensively while you eat and while you digest.
- Sodium overkill:
Foods that are high in salt can make you sweat profusely. When you eat too much salt, your body will do what it can do get rid of the sodium by making you sweat. Try and keep your sodium consumption to 4 grams daily, that way you’ll sweat less.
- High-fat milk:
If you consume high-fat milk you probably noticed that you perspire while drinking it. As we noted in #1, foods that are high in fat will make you sweat. To avoid perspiring into your morning bowl of cereal, switch to low-fat or skim milk.
- Hot peppers:
Hot peppers contain capsaicin, which is a chemical that stimulates the nerve receptors in your mouth and convinces your nervous system into thinking you’re hot. Your brain then sends a signal to your sweat glands to get cracking and cool you down.
- Spicy foods:
When you eat spicy foods you’re confusing your body into thinking it’s a hot day. When it’s hot outside, your sweat glands kick into high gear and start cooling you down. When you eat spicy foods, the same thing occurs.
Whether you’re eating a heaping bowl of minestrone soup or sipping on a cup of chicken broth, you will probably find yourself sweating. This is because soups are generally served hot and your body will do everything in its power to cool you down while you slurp.
Alcohol consumption makes us sweaty. When we drink alcoholic beverages, the blood vessels in our skin can widen, leading to our body temperature going up. Our sweat glands try to fight our increased body temperature by making us perspire.
Everyone’s favourite morning pick-me-up contains caffeine, which stimulates our central nervous system. When our central nervous system gets provoked, our sweat glands spring into action to try and cool us down. Whether you take it hot or iced, coffee makes you sweat. Plus, if you add sugar and high-fat milk to your cup of joe, you’re adding more fuel to the sweaty fire.
If you do find yourself sweating excessively after every meal, no matter what you eat, please contact your doctor. You could be suffering from hyperhidrosis, a condition that is characterized by excessive sweating.