Sweaty palms, feet, face or torso?
Excess sweating can often be linked to an overactive sympathetic nervous system associated with too much internal heat in the body with strain on the digestive system and liver detoxification pathways, therefore initiating sweating as a cooling effect which eases pressure on the nerve endings close to the skin & muscles.
Excess sweating is often associated with lack of magnesium & zinc which can be assisted with professionally prescribed supplements, as well as consuming foods high in these minerals:
- Magnesium- spinach, almonds, bananas, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, broccoli.
- Zinc- seafood, red meat, fish, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, green vegetables. These foods provide chlorophyll & other phytonutrients to help balance fluid production & movement with the body.
Lemons, limes, parsley & celery assist the liver where the stress-sweating signals are coming from, as well as other fresh herbs- basil, coriander, mint, rosemary, thyme, sage, and lavender.
Low-chlorine foods are also helpful- cucumber, carrot, tomato, radish, lettuce, cabbage, apples, strawberries, pears, orange, pineapple, blueberries, watermelon.
For people who are prone to excess sweating, it’s best to avoid spicy foods, sugar & caffeine such as soft drinks which are dehydrating & cause more sweating by moving the fluid away from the organs to the skin to cool down. Also avoid processed/packaged foods which are high in refined salt, high sugar & high levels of toxic hydrogenated (heated) oils which are a detriment to improving the digestive health and hormonal balance, preventing the excess sweating.
Excess sweating can be triggered by poor digestion of beef & pork due to high carnitine levels so it’s best to reduce consumption of these meats, or to take a capsule of digestive enzymes before eating which balances internal stomach acid levels and optimizes digestion.
To avoid excess sweating also make sure not to clog pores with synthetic makeup products or aluminum-based antiperspirant sprays, instead choosing organic natural mineral makeup, and a deodorant with essential oils and other natural non-toxic ingredients.
Dr Rachel Murphy
In clinical practice, I continue to pursue passion for treating infants and children as well as pregnancy care, including pre and postnatal support. I have a strong belief that environment plays a crucial role in health and well being, and therefore treatment management must also include advice on exercise and nutrition, ergonomics, stretching, rehabilitation and lifestyle modification.
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