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  • 12 Things You Never Knew About Sweat

  • Because sweat is kinda weird when you really think about it.
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  • Sweat. It's just one of those strange, gross human phenomena that we don't give much thought to. You sweat buckets during hot yoga, you nervously sweat when you're giving a speech, you feel beads of sweat accumulate on your forehead when you eat extra-spicy Indian curry. Sweat is just...well, sweat. But when you take a second and really think about it—you know, that our bodies basically excrete droplets of salty water when we're overheated or stressed—it's sort of weird, isn't it? Below, we reveal 12 fun facts about sweat. 1. You have between 2 and 4 million sweat glands in your body.  sweat  2. Your feet alone have about 250,000 sweat glands between them. stinky feet 3. Sweating from stress and sweating to cool down are chemically different. When you sweat because you’re hot, it comes from your eccrine glands, but when you sweat because you’re stressed, it comes from your apocrine glands. sweaty woman 4. The name for excessive sweating is hyperhidrosis, and about 3% of people have it. sweaty man 5. Speaking of which, excessive sweating can be a symptom of menopause. unusual menopause treatments 6. On the other hand, the name for absent sweating (or not sweating at all) is anhidrosis, which is dangerous because your body can overheat. no sweat 7. There might be some credence to the saying, "Men sweat, women glow." On average, men sweat 40% more than women. stinky man 8. The more in shape you are, the more quickly and profusely your body will sweat. It does this to cool itself down so you can work out at a greater intensity for a longer period of time. sweaty fit woman 9. Sweat has a stinky reputation, but sweat itself doesn’t actually smell. The odor comes from the bacteria on your skin instead. sniffing armpit 10. Pigs actually have very few sweat glands, so the expression “sweating like a pig” is scientifically inaccurate. Instead, it probably refers to how smelly pigs make themselves by bathing in mud to cool down. dv1549009 11. The saltiness of sweat varies from person to person. Some people also sweat more than others. Most salty foods. 12. If you thought your sweat was conspicuous, consider hippos’ sweat: it’s RED. The colored pigment both acts a sunscreen and kills bacteria. hippo red sweat This article originally appeared as on Spry Living

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