Interesting Facts About Sweat: Do You Know The Color Of Hippo’s Sweat?

Sweating refers to the release of liquid from the sweat glands of the body. This liquid usually contains salt. This process is also known as perspiration. Sweating assists your body to remain cool.
As water in your sweat evaporates, the surface of your skin cools. An extra function of sweat is to assist with gripping, by slightly moistening your palms
Sweat is produced by the glands in the deeper layer of your skin, the dermis. Sweat glands occur all over your body, but very common on the armpits, the forehead, the palms and the soles of the feet. Sweat contains primarily water, but it also contains some salts.
The amount you sweat often depends on the number of sweat glands you have. A person is born with nearly two to four million sweat glands. The glands begin to become entirely active during puberty. Sweat glands of men tend to be more active.
Excess sweat is normal especially when it’s hot or when you are anxious, exercising, or have a fever. It also occurs during menopause. If you often sweat excessively, it is known as hyperhidrosis. Causes include low blood sugar, thyroid or the nervous system disorders, or any other health problem.
Sweating too little, or anhidrosis can be life-threatening since your body can overheat. Causes of anhidrosis include burns, dehydration, and some nerve and skin disorders.
Sweating is controlled by an autonomic nervous system. This is part of the nervous system that isn’t under your control. Sweating is a natural process of regulating the temperature of the body.
Therefore, it is high time to accept that sweating is simply an everyday part of our lives. Animals sweat, humans sweat, and even celebrities sweat. Sweating is both a sign of good health and stress.
In fact, it can be worn serve as a badge of honor after an exercise or a badge of shame when you are under pressure of a job interview. So, let us look at some of the fascinating facts you might want to know about sweat:
1. Females have more sweat glands than males – Yes, women usually have more sweat glands than men. But men sweat more. Generally, we all have nearly 2-4 million sweat glands, with some people being naturally sweatier than others. Actually, nearly 3 percent of the population suffers from excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis.
2. Eating can make you sweaty – When you eat, body metabolism increases naturally. This increases your body temperature and eventually causes you to sweat in order to cool down. Interestingly, foods such as hot peppers that contain capsaicin are known to both increase body metabolism and make you hot.
3. Not all sweat stinks – There’s actually more than one kind of sweat. Stinky sweat is a type produced by glands known as apocrine glands, situated in areas where there’s more hair like your groin and underarms.
This is the sweat which is produced when you’re under stress, not the type associated with a good exercise. The stink related to ‘body odor’ and sometimes sweat is really the result of the bacteria breaking it down once it is released from apocrine glands and onto your skin.
4. Hippo’s sweat is red! Scientists have discovered that the red pigment in the sweat of hippo not only acts as a perfect protection from the sun but also assists kill the bacteria which grow on their exteriors.
5. Your feet have more than 250,000 sweat glands. That is a lot. Actually, the sweat from your feet is odorless. It is the bacteria which thrive in the dark, humid, oxygen-deprived shoes which produces ‘stinky feet.’
6. Pigs don’t sweat. That is why they often coat themselves in mud to remain cool. Cats and dogs do sweat through pads on their feet. The sweat glands of a rabbit are around its lips.
7. Your armpits aren’t the sweatiest part of your body. Only one percent of your sweat comes out under your arms. The primary reason that your armpits feel sweatier than any other part of the body is due to lack of ventilation there to evaporate the sweat.
8. What does it mean when you sweat excessively? Excessive sweating is known as hyperhidrosis. Nearly 3 percent of the population suffer from this condition, for no apparent reason. The main cause of this condition remains mysterious, but it can be treated.
9. Yellow underarm stains are as a result of your apocrine glands that contain fatty acids and proteins and therefore, making your underarm secretions thick and milky.
10. Micronesians drink sweat! Some Micronesian cultures revere sweat as ‘essence’ of a warrior. It’s a great honor to drink the sweat of a fellow warrior.

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