Why are hyperhidrosis and stress strongly linked?
You know the question about which came first, the chicken or the egg? Well, hyperhidrosis and stress make for the same debate.
In times of stress and nervousness your body reacts with a “fight or flight” response which alters how it behaves and distributes your energy so that you can respond to a “danger.”
That’s great if you have a lion chasing you, less life and death matters will also provoke fight or flight and your sweat glands. The heart rate increases so that blood can be pumped to where it’s needed rapidly while your pupils dilate and adrenaline floods the body.
As your body expects you to flee or fight a foe it activates your sweat glands so that you can cool down efficiently after the release of energy, otherwise you could harm your body, think of it as a safety mechanism but when you’re in a meeting and the “lion” is your boss or your teacher who just asked you a tricky question, it’s problematic. The body remains in a fight or flight response so sweat is released but as there’s no real danger or energy release the sweat keeps on coming – indefinitely. There is no “off switch” for this programming in your body.
Fear of the visible signs that accompany excessive sweating cause stress that causes hyperhidrosis that causes stress…and so on. Plus, once it happens to you the memory is there and it can elevate stress about hyperhidrosis.
Natural remedies and supplements to help hyperhidrosis
At Myhyperhidrosis.com we have so much information and advice that we’re confident that your life with hyperhidrosis will improve.
You can take natural remedies and supplements, as with medications it should be remembered that there may be side effects, but the following ones have proved effective:
- B-vitamins – All B vitamins, either in food or in a supplement form, particularly B12 help lessen stress in the nervous system. If you aren’t getting the right amounts of these vitamins a supplement is wholeheartedly recommended.
- Melatonin – This promotes sleep in the body and in supplement form it can treat feelings of stress and anxiety.
- Kava – This is the most successful natural remedy but please ensure that you can take it with your other medications. It interacts with alcohol so it could cause liver damage if they mix.
- Valerian root – This herb is a sleep aid but it also relaxes.
- Passionflower – This is more suited to everyday stress levels rather than severe anxiety.
- Magnesium – A supplement will remove any deficiency and improve stress.
- 5HTP – Amino acid – This supplement processes melatonin and serotonin which elevates mood.
- GABA – Amino acid – A supplement of GABA could diminish stress.
- Peppermint and camomile teas – These could alleviate symptoms in a gentle way too.
Remember, hyperhidrosis and stress can be managed and you’re not alone.