Can you really train sweating?

In hot, maybe even sultry areas, we Central Europeans do not always have it easy with the climate. Shortly after arrival, the sweat flows in torrents.

Sweaty acclimatization

Although this actually serves to cool the body, this more of the salty excretion is not necessarily helpful. A large part of the sweat drips off and can not evaporate.

But do not worry: The body adapts after some time to a new climate: After about 3 weeks, he has acclimatized and then forms less sweat.

But can you really work out sweating?

To a certain extent, sweating can also be trained. The sweat glands "learn" to release as much water as they can evaporate. In fact, our body is an efficient system: unvaporised, dripping sweat is unnecessary loss of water, which must be avoided.

Interestingly, there is less salt in "acclimated" sweat. Again, the body saves. By the way, a good workout for the sweat glands is sauna bathing.

Well-trained people sweat more?

Also at a sporting activity, the body must first get used to and adjust its cooling system.

Result: Endurance athletes perspire more effectively. Athletes start sweating earlier and sweat more than non-athletes. Because their body temperature rises more slowly due to sweating, they are better protected against overheating. In addition, they lose less salts with sweat.

Sweat stinks?

Sweat itself is odorless. Only when it meets bacteria on the skin and is decomposed does it start to smell. How the whole thing smells depends on the type of bacteria:

Heavy, sour body odor is mainly caused by micrococci, which are found in large quantities in all healthy people. This type of odor is found especially in women.

The more pungent odor, on the other hand, is more likely to occur in men and is caused by the so-called lipophilic diphtheroids. These bacteria are found more in males.

Overall, however, the intensity of the odor depends on the number of bacteria on the skin.

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