Let’s Get Sweaty (or Not)

By this point you know the hows and whys of perspiration. Now it’s time to look at a few practical applications of this new knowledge. Excessive sweating, aka hyperhidrosis, is a condition in which the person afflicted sweats so much that it affects not only their quality of life, but also puts them at increased risk of skin infections. This condition can be caused by many things, but is generally treatable with topical anti-perspirants; some may require a prescription. All anti-perspirants work by clogging the pore and creating a physical barrier to the sweat.



My sweat smells like ______what does that mean?


Ammonia: the probable cause is that you’re on a high-protein low-carb diet.

Vinegar: this could be from poor hygiene, however could also be from high-protein foods or potentially diabetes because of the abundance of sugar in your body. (see doctor)

Garlic or Onion: smelly foods are often also broken down into smelly compounds that your body excretes through the sweating process. If you eat a lot of garlic or onion and your sweat smells like it, then this is normal.


Sulfur: this could be from eating a log of cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli and Brussels sprouts.

Alcohol: this one’s easy; you’ve been drinking too much. It doesn’t matter if it’s beer or liquor; when alcohol breaks down in your body it will smell the same coming out of your pores.

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Wrapping It Up

There you have it, everything you ever wanted to know about sweat. Sweat is everywhere, all the time. You’re sweating while you read this and I was sweating as I wrote it. Is it gross? Yes, it is. Will you get sick from someone else’s sweat? Not likely. Time to get used to it and recognize it as the essential bodily function that it is. In closing, I’d like to remind you that whenever you are sweating, be sure to drink plenty of water (you may be losing a liter or more an hour) and replace those electrolytes!




  1. Awesome article on sweat! I got all sweaty just reading it! Haha, but honestly great read, I enjoyed it. We do sweat a ton when we train. You could easily lose 5 lbs of water through perspiration in a single class! This makes it extremely important to stay hydrated during your sessions! I’ll be linking to this article on my next post: The Importance of Staying Hydrated for BJJ. Check it out 🙂


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