People suffering from this condition usually take multiple showers a day and spend numerous hours changing clothes, wiping their hands, and avoiding situations where they must lift their arms or shake a person’s hand.
Though the conventional medical view on hyperhidrosis is that there is no known cause or cure, excessive sweating can be caused by stress, emotional anxiety, hormonal imbalances, poor diet, or a malfunction in the nervous system.
While addressing the issue of excessive sweating via natural routes should be the first go-to treatment, many doctors now recommend aluminum-laced antiperspirant, Botox injections or surgery to cut the nerves that supply the sweat glands.
Since aluminum and Botox are known toxins and usually do not solve the issue permanently, many people are increasingly opting to get surgery. The Daily Mail Online recently reported on one case of a mother-of-one who chose to get the surgery after her son called her “stinky.”
Aremilda dos Santos, 31, from Mogi das Santos, southeast Brazil, suffered from hyperhidrosis for more than a decade. On a regular day, she would take up to five showers and only agreed to make love to her husband if they were in the shower. Though she tried to manage her condition as well as she could and developed a variety of techniques to mask her embarrassment, the turning point came when her three-year-old gave her a cuddle and screwed up his nose, saying “mummy is stinky.”
“That was the day I almost died from embarrassment. I was so shocked by his reaction. But the shame was good because I decided to go to the dermatologist the same day and I told Arthur, Ok, mummy is going to fix this problem,” Aremilda dos Santos told The Daily Mail Online.
Unfortunately, she picked a conventionally trained dermatologist who saw no other solution than treating her with toxic Botox injections or going for surgery. Since the expensive Botox treatment is only temporary and not covered by health care plans, she chose surgery.
The problem with this approach is that the nerves that control the sweat glands also control a variety of other processes in the body. Even though the procedure is quite effective at solving the issue, the negative side effects are too numerous and serious to even think about this option.
Was she stressed or experiencing hormonal imbalances? Could simple lifestyle changes have helped her overcome her issues?
According to Dr. Ben Kim, the founder of a residential fasting and chiropractic clinic in Ontario, Canada, there is a completely natural, non-invasive approach to dramatically improve hyperhidrosis. He found that next to emotional anxiety and stress, an overactive sympathetic nervous system is usually the culprit of this embarrassing condition.
On his website, he explains that the significant and overlooked cause for this overactivity is eating foods that your body cannot properly process.
“If your immune system is constantly at work to deal with such food intolerances, your sympathetic nervous system detects this as stress, and activates the mechanisms that are in place to help you during stressful situations, including the production of sweat,” he wrote.
Though it takes some effort to find out which foods are triggering your nervous system to go into overdrive, Dr. Kim has helped people in the past overcome their chronic condition through the power of dietary modifications.
Other neurological conditions, certain endocrine disorders, chronic infections, and even chronic anxiety can also cause hyperhidrosis. Just as food intolerances, these issues all have natural, non-toxic solutions conventional doctors do not know or talk about. Chemicals and surgery are always their first line of treatment.