Q: Is human perspiration connected to genetics, nutrition, environment, lifestyle, etc?
A: Perspiration is a normal bodily function. It is one of the body’s primary methods of naturally cooling itself.
What dictates perspiration? Numerous things:
- Environment – Hot and humid weather leads to greater perspiration
- Fitness level – Better fitness levels lead to more efficient regulation of body temperature. This results in two things:
- During rest, less perspiration
- During physical activity,
- Perspire sooner in response to activity/temperature
- Perspire more as better fitness levels lead to more intense activity and greater demand on the body to cool itself
- Nutrition – A healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fiber, and lean meats results in easier digestion. Easier digestion requires less energy which generates less heat and results in easier body temperature regulation
- Hydration – Proper hydration results in more efficient regulation of body temperature and less perspiration
- Caffeine – It stimulates your nervous system, increases your heart rate/blood pressure, and activates your sweat glands. More energy equal more perspiration
- Alcohol – It increases your heart rate and dilates the blood vessels in your skin. Body heat increases the demand on your cooling system.
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