What foods reduce sweating

“Put a towel with my chilli, please” - the connection between sweating and our diet

There is a reason why spicy dishes are called “hot” in English. Many have already made the experience that after enjoying a dish spiced with plenty of chilli, one likes to break out in a sweat. But hot spices aren't the only thing that makes you sweat. What nutrition has to do with sweating, which foods are particularly conducive to sweating and which can even help to inhibit the unpleasant flow of salt, that's what the following is about.

Does diet affect sweating?

She actually did. Certain foods, but also a one-sided and inadequate diet, can encourage profuse sweating, and in the worst case even cause it. Conversely, a healthy and balanced diet can also help counteract excessive sweating. However, this does not mean that foods that promote sweat production are pro forma unhealthy. Some, such as salt, are even very important for our body in small amounts. As is so often the case here, it is important to find the right amount.

The sweat drivers in the pantry

Typical promoters of sweat production are, for example, the hot spices mentioned at the beginning.
The substances are responsible for this:

  • Allyl isothiocyanate (the hot ingredient in mustard, horseradish and wasabi) and
  • Capsaicin (responsible, among other things, for the heat in bell peppers and chili peppers).

These irritate the nerve endings of certain receptors that are normally responsible for the pain impulses when exposed to excessive heat. The body reacts to this pretended overheating with increased blood flow to the tissue for the purpose of dissipating heat. The consequences are a reflex increase in sweat production and a local reddening like a slight burn. The inhabitants of hot countries like China, India or Mexico take advantage of this effect. The often very spicy dishes typical of the country are intended to keep the sweat flowing.

Especially when you sweat heavily, you should also keep an eye on the salt content of the food. The most important thing here is the right balance. The sodium contained in salt plays an important role in muscle and nerve function and ensures that the fluid balance in various parts of the body is maintained. Sodium is also very important for the correct functioning of the nervous system. Without sufficient amounts of sodium, the electrical signals cannot arise or be transmitted in the nerve cells and communication with or coordination of different parts of the body is disturbed. On the one hand, profuse sweating causes large amounts of electrolytes to be flushed out, which must be balanced. On the other hand, a diet that is too salty ensures that the vegetative nervous system and thus the activity of the sweat glands are unnecessarily stimulated.

But also sour food such as

  • sour apples
  • sauerkraut
  • Pickles or
  • sour sweets

has been shown to trigger and promote sweating in many people. Why this is so, however, has not yet been clearly scientifically clarified.

In addition to the food, the stimulants also have an effect

stimulating and thus promote sweat production. People who tend to sweat profusely are therefore advised to greatly reduce their coffee, cigarette and alcohol consumption or to give them up altogether.

Natural antiperspirant

While some foods have been shown to stimulate sweat production, there are others that are said to have an antiperspirant effect.
These include, for example

  • rice
  • fresh figs or
  • Lemons
  • sage

A popular medicinal herb that, in addition to many other benefits, has been shown to reduce perspiration, is sage. Mainly responsible for this effect are the bitter substances and essential oils contained in sage, which not only have a direct effect on the sweat glands, but also on the sweat-regulating thermoregulatory center in our brain.
Foods that are very rich in B vitamins can also be used

  • Wheatgrass and
  • Tomato juices

reduce sweat production.
Zinc-rich foods like

  • whole grain products
  • nuts
  • Vegetables and
  • Turkey

are also considered to be antiperspirant.

Diet change - the solution?

In summary, the following can be stated. Although there is there is a proven link between diet and sweat productionhowever, the effects of diet on sweating can vary widely from person to person. Changing your diet can be a first step in the right direction and should at least be considered. It is not a guarantee that the salty streams will end. For example, some who struggle with excessive sweat production report a noticeable improvement through a change in diet. For others, this positive effect does not occur despite abstaining from alcohol and changing the menu. Which foods in particular lead to an improvement or aggravation can also vary from person to person. Ultimately, everyone has to find out for themselves which foods are good for them or not.

KaSa Deo is a good alternative for those who do not benefit from a change in diet or who do not want to do without hot spices, the morning cup of coffee or an occasional glass of wine despite sweating a lot. Its active ingredient (aluminum chloride) penetrates the sweat ducts, combines with the keratin there and thus narrows the ducts that pass through the glands. Regular use creates a kind of barrier and reliably reduces sweat production. So the next visit to your favorite Indian doesn't have to be a wet fiasco.


Hello, I'm Karl Henrich, owner of KaSa Cosmetics. In our magazine I would like to bring the company and our products closer. The topics and discussions are also intended to provide help to others.