Category: Metabolic / Miscellaneous Disorders

Is Sweating Bad or Good For Our Health

Abstract

Sweat is a salty, clear liquid produced by our gland in the skin. Sweating is a normal and natural process by which the body cools itself. Although it is natural, it still makes us a little embarrassed in public as sweating shows patches under your arms and back and mostly produces a bad smell or odor. People usually have sweat under arms, on the back, palms and the feet. Sweating is normal and is necessary to maintain homeostasis in the body but too much sweating or no sweating can be bad for our health. Here in this article we are going to discuss all about sweating and is this good or bad for our health.

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What is Sweating

Sweating is a natural mechanism of the body of cooling down its temperature in order to maintain homeostasis. The skin has mainly two types of sweat glands, Apocrine and Eccrine glands. Apocrine glands develop in the areas abundant with hair follicles and open into the hair follicle, mainly in the armpits, scalp and groin. Eccrine glands are present over most of the part of your body and directly open onto the surface of the skin. There are tiny holes in the skin known as pores  from where the sweat exits our body. Sweat is generally made up of water, salts and traces of minerals like Sodium, Potassium, magnesium, urea and calcium.

Physiology of Sweating

While we do any physical activity like exercise, walking, running, or other daily activities, sweating is going to happen and it’s normal. Even stress or anxiety can also produce sweating. So basically when the temperature of the surrounding changes your body responds to it. For example in the winters, the temperature of the surroundings is lower than the normal body temperature and thus the body adapts to it by shivering and we usually cover the body with thick layers of clothes. Similarly, during summer, the temperature of the surroundings is higher than our body temperature and then our body adapts to it by cooling it down through sweating or perspiration.

Our brain senses that the temperature of the surroundings is higher than that of our body and then it signals the sweat glands under your skin to produce sweat. Sweat exits our body through pores and after that those small drops of sweat evaporate into the air. It is a natural mechanism of our body to cool down. The amount of thirst we feel and the amount of sweating are always proportional to each other. When the body temperature increases the Sympathetic nervous system stimulates the sweat glands to secrete water content to cools the body by evaporation. Also the emotional stress or anxiety stimulates the contraction of the gland and expels its contents.

What are the Reasons for Sweating

Sweating is quite normal and occurs regularly due to daily activities. However there are some reasons that increase or produce sweating

  • High temperature
  • Stress
  • Emotions like anger, fear, anxiety, embarrassment
  • Foods like  spicy foods, caffeinated drinks
  • Alcohol beverages
  • Medications like pain killers, antipyretics, etc.
  • Medical conditions like fever, infection, cancer, hypoglycemia, etc.
  • During menopause
  • Other hormonal changes
  • Exercise

Excess Sweating – is it normal

Some people sweat more than others, this condition is known as Hyperhidrosis. Although excess sweating or hyperhidrosis is normal. Most people sweat when they do exercise or in a hot environment or under stress or anxiety. Some people have excessive sweating  due to hereditary or some other medical condition. But Hyperhidrosis can be easily managed by drinking more water or fluids and by sitting under an electric fan or air conditioning. It usually affects the feet, hands, underarms or face.

No Sweating  – is it normal

No sweating that is known as Anhidrosis and less sweating known as hypohidrois are the conditions in which your body produces less sweat or no sweat at all. This condition is dangerous and indicates other underlying medical conditions and also indicates that your body is not able to release the heat to cool down.

Benefits of normal Sweating

Normal sweating is good for the health of a person as it helps to maintain the body temperature. Here are some benefits of the sweating with and without exercise

  • Detox of heavy metals
  • Elimination of chemicals
  • Bacterial cleansing
  • Boosting energy
  • Maintaining healthy weight
  • Defending against many diseases and health conditions
  • Improving mood
  • Promoting good sleep
  • Maintain homeostasis

Why Does Sweat Produce Bad Odor

As mentioned above, sweat is mostly made up of salt and water. Sweat also produces bad odor mostly in the armpits and groin because the sweat glands present in the groin and armpits are different from the ones present on the rest of the body. Also, the groin and armpits have more hair than the rest of the body. Generally the sweat doesn’t smell bad. But after the secretion of sweat, some bacteria that present around the body hair mixed up with the sweat and converted it into acids that produce odor. This is the reason our armpits or other hairy parts of the body smell more than our palms or face do. After puberty your sweat glands get triggered by the hormones and produce more sweat and odor as compared to when we are kids.

Effects of Excess Sweating on Health

Excess sweating or hyperhidrosis is bad for the health as it can have some harmful effect on the skin or the body:

  • Excess sweating can give rise to the bacterial growth on the skin and can also lead to skin infection.
  • Wet skin due to prolonged sweating can become pale, inflamed or red.
  • It can develop cracks on the skin.
  • It can produce a bad odor.

Some Myths and Facts about Sweating

There are many myths about sweating that are not necessarily true. Here are some myths and facts about sweating

1.  Is it Bad To Sweat

Sweating is natural and it’s normal and safe to sweat, because we have sweat glands that regulate the temperature of our body and maintain homeostasis just like we have installed air conditioners to regulate our houses temperature. So you should stop thinking that sweating is bad. Everyone sweats but in different amounts.

2. Sweat Is Odorous And Stinky

It has been discussed already that sweat is only water and salts and odorless when it exits from the body. But when the sweat comes in contact with bacteria then it is broken down into some aromatic components that produce odor or stink. Also, the sweat that is produced by the glands present in the groin and the armpits also contains some fatty acids that smell stronger and different from the sweat at the feet or palms or the face.

3. You Can Remove Toxins By Sweating

People usually believe that they can detoxify their body by sweating. But as we clarify above, sweating just removes water from the body and sweat doesn’t contain any toxins. So it is a myth that sweating removes toxins. Toxins can actually be removed by drinking lots of fluids and eating a healthy diet.

4. You Can Become Thinner By Sweating

Most people commonly think that in order to lose weight they must sweat a lot, so  people usually sit in a sauna and expect to get lean and thin by the time they leave the sauna. Sweating may or may not be visible while working out and exercising, while some physical activities definitely help in losing excess weight and burning calories, but sweating doesn’t do it directly.

5. Using Deodorants Is A Bad Practice

Deodorants mask or cover the foul smell that is caused due to the mixing of sweat and bacteria.  They do not interfere with the normal process of sweating. There is no harm in using perfumes or deodorants. whereas using antiperspirants can be harmful as it interferes with the normal mechanism of sweating.

Tips To Improve Body Odor

  • Maintain personal hygiene and should take bath regularly.
  • Use a clean towel to wipe the body and wash your towel regularly.
  • Wear clean clothes, If you wear the  already worn clothes, there may be residue of bacteria and sweat in it which can cause trouble.
  • Wear cotton and loose clothing. This will allow air circulation between the clothes and the body and will also absorb the sweat better.
  • Wear lighter colors clothes in the summer as  the light color clothes reflect sunlight while dark colors absorb it.
  • Eat more fresh and raw foods.
  • Use mild deodorants.

Some Tips to rule out Abnormal Sweating

  • Get your blood, glucose (sugar), cholesterol and blood pressure checked regularly.
  • Lose weight if you need to do so.
  • Get your hormonal levels checked.

Conclusion

Sweating is a natural and normal mechanism of the body. Some people may feel embarrassed due to excessive sweating because it can produce a bad smell, and show up as wet yellow patches on the shirts. But it can be managed or controlled by using comfortable loose or cotton clothing and has bathed more than once during hot weather. Using fragrant talcs and deodorants can be of some help. But no sweating or anhidrosis is a harmful condition that means your body is retaining its heat and you can also collapse due to a heatstroke if you are not sweating, so you should consult a physician in such situations. Planet Ayurveda offers effective herbal formulations which have very good results in the no sweating or anhidrosis condition. Planet Ayurveda products are 100% pure, effective, and vegetarian. We hope the above-mentioned details about sweating will be beneficial for you. For more details of our products, you can check our website www.planetayurveda.com. For more queries, you can send your queries to our email id herbalremedies123@yahoo.com.

Natural Cure For Partial Empty Sella Syndrome

Abstract

Sella syndrome is a damaged pituitary gland. It is called an empty sella due to crushed status or shrunken size of pituitary, which gives it a shrunken size. Its prevalence is 8-30 percent among the general population. Females are more affected than males. Empty sella syndrome is a damaged pituitary gland. Either the gland has shrunk or has been crushed and flattened making it look like an empty sella on MRI scan. In this article we will discuss partial empty sella syndrome and its ayurvedic aspect.

partial empty sella syndrome

Introduction

In this condition the pituitary gland shrinks or flattens. Pituitary gland is an important gland to manage the functions of the body. On MRI an empty sella turcica is seen in the condition of sella syndrome. If in case it is partially visible on MRI it can be stated as Partial empty sella syndrome. Pituitary is located in the sella turcica at the base of the brain.

Causes

The exact cause of this syndrome is unknown. It can be congenital. Some individuals suffering from this problem are associated with partial empty sella syndrome and can be born with a tear in the diaphragm. Following are the few possible causes of Partial empty sella syndrome.

  • Trauma in Head
  • Infection
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Radiation Therapy or surgery in the area of the pituitary gland conditions related to the brain or pituitary gland, such as Sheehan syndrome, intracranial hypertension, neurosarcoidosis, or hypophysitis.

Risk Factor

Women are more prone to this condition. Women who are middle aged, having high blood pressure and suffering from obesity are at more risk. Lack of symptoms may lead to an undiagnosed case. Thus gender, age, B.P is the major risk factors.

Clinical Features

Common clinical features associated with Partial Empty Sella Syndrome are

  • Headaches which can be regular or intermittent
  • Hypertension
  • Fatigue or tiredness
  • Impotence
  • Low or poor sex derives
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Infertility
  • Excessive pressure inside the skull
  • Leakage of spinal fluid
  • Swelling in your eyes
  • Blurred vision

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is based to check the location and status of the pituitary gland. Following diagnostic criterion can be used:

  1. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scan– Powerful magnets and radio waves can be used to check the images of the inside brain.
  2. Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan– In this investigation X ray is done from several angles to create a more complete picture.

Treatment Based on the Type of Empty Sella

The treatment of empty sella syndrome is not specific. In case if there is impaired ovary function due to higher levels of prolactin then it is important to manage the prolactin levels. Hormone replacement is also recommended so as to fulfill the need of the body system. In ayurvedic treatment tridoshas should be managed with the proper herbs and panchakarma procedures. The pacification of vata should be done with the help of vata nashak herbs and lifestyle.

Ayurvedic Aspect

Partial empty sella syndrome can be correlated with Tridoshaja dushti. The aggravation of the vata dosha may lead to obstruction of channels and simultaneous aggravation of Pitta and Kapha dosha. The aggravated pitta dosha may lead to improper dhatu agni (digestive fire) and poor secretions in the body.

Herbal Remedies

The herbal remedies for Planet Ayurveda are the best, authentic and result oriented formulation. Planet Ayurveda is a GMP certified hub for the management of modern day problems with herbal solutions.

  1. Brahmi Capsule
  2. Gotu Kola Capsule
  3. Ashwagandhaghan Vati
  4. Telomere Boostup
  5. Yogendra Ras
  6. Jivantyadi Ghrit
  7. Gandhak Rasayan

partial empty sella syndrome care packs

Brief Description

1. Brahmi Capsule

Brahmi is a well known brain tonic. It helps to manage conditions like Partial empty sella syndrome. It is a rejuvenator, a potent mind booster and able to relieve stress. Brahmi is adaptogenic, astringent, a potent nervine tonic, and improves mental functions. Brahmi has been shown to cause elevated levels of cerebral glutamic acid and a transient increase in GABA level. Increase in glutamic acid helps to improve the memory and promote the process of learning.

Dosage– 1 cap twice daily after meal.

2. Gotu Kola Capsule

Gotukola cap is also known as Centella asiatica. Gotukola is a well known herb to enhance blood circulation. It helps to maintain mental health. Gotu Kola helps to maintain the satva energy in the body. It is a well known rejuvenator and able to boost the circulatory system. The gotukola capsules of Planet Ayurveda are loaded with natural extract of Gotukola and are able to counter a variety of modern day ailments.

Dosage– 1 cap twice daily after meal.

3. Ashwagandhaghan Vati

Ashwagandha ghan vati is loaded with pure extract of ashwagandha. It is able to manage the conditions of anxiety and stress. It strengthens the nervous system and is useful to enhance the brain strength and strength of the central nervous system. Ashwagandha is a best known brain tonic and easily available. It is evident that ashwagandha helps to promote the serotonin and lower down the cortisol levels.

Dosage–2 tab twice daily after meal.

4. Telomere Boostup

The telomere boostup capsules are loaded with the Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Grapeseed (Vitis vinifera), Amla (Emblica officinalis), Moringa (Commiphora wightii), Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia). Telomere boost up capsules help to strengthen the telomeres (end of chromosome) and promote the extension of telomeres. It is usually said that the more the length of telomeres the more will be the life span. Telomere helps to save the chromosome. This is a unique combination that helps to promote longevity.

Dosage–1 cap twice daily after meal.

5. Yogendra Ras

The Yogendra ras of Planet Ayurveda is loaded with Parada (Purified mercury), Loha bhasma (Iron bhasma), Gandhaka (Purified sulfur) along with Rasa sindoor, Swarna Bhasma (Gold bhasma), Shuddha Mukta (Purified pearl), Abhrak Bhasma (Purified silica), Vanga Bhasma (Bhasma of tin). This rasa is able to manage the symptoms associated with sella syndrome. Yogendra ras of Planet Ayurveda is helpful in diabetes, psychotic conditions, paralysis, strengthening the nervous system and acts as a natural aphrodisiac.

Dosage–1 tab once a day to be chewed after meal.

6. Jivantyadi Ghrit

The chief ingredients of this herbal formulation are Triphala – Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Vibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica) and Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Prapaundarikadi (Nymphaea stellata), Kakoli (Fritillaria roylei), Kshirakakoli (Lilium polyphyllum), Pippali (Piper longum), Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa), Shatahva (Anethum sowa), Madhuka (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Draksha (Raisins Saindhava) and lavana (Rock salt). The jivantyadi ghrit helps to balance the body’s hormonal system and strengthen the brain. The herbs mentioned above are rejuvenators in nature and act as a natural brain tonic.

Dosage –  1 tsp twice daily after meal.

7. Gandhak Rasayan

Gandhak is a purified form of sulfur. Gandhak is anti inflammatory and antiseptic in nature. It is known to manage the conditions like urinary tract infections and multiple problems associated with skin like skin allergy, skin itching etc. Gandhak rasayan of Planet Ayurveda is formulated from pure extract of shuddha gandhak (purified sulfur) and is best to manage the problems like ringworm, itching and fungal infections. This product is also beneficial in conditions like sella syndrome and promotes the activity of the pituitary gland. Thus it helps to balance the hormonal system of the body.

Dosage– 2 tab twice daily after meal.

Conclusion

Partial empty sella syndrome is a condition in which there is involvement of sella turcica and deprived function of the pituitary gland. In this condition the herbal remedies of Planet Ayurveda are the best and result oriented formulation to manage the condition of Partial empty sella syndrome. These herbs help to balance the normal hormonal cycle and promote the pituitary health status. The herbal formulations are authentic, result oriented and best to manage the modern day ailments. In case of any query kindly visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com. For more queries, you can send your queries to our email id herbalremedies123@yahoo.com.