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Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in TellMeWhy |

Why Do You Sweat?

Why Do You Sweat?

Why Do You Sweat? Sweating is a natural biological process that starts soon after you are born. It is one of the ways your body has to cool off when you become too warm. When you exercise, your muscles produce extra heat. The sun, too, heats up your body on a hot day.

Your body would become much too hot if it didn’t get rid of some of this extra heat. Though some of it escapes when you breathe, most of this heat escapes from your skin when you sweat. Sweat is made in glands in the skin.

The sweat, or perspiration, these glands produce flows out of the pores in the skin. As the sweat evaporates into the air, it carries away heat and you feel cooler.

Sweating is one part of puberty. When your bodies starts to change, roughly 3 million sweat glands become more active. This is especially true for glands in the armpits and groin and on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

When the sweat comes in contact with bacteria on the skin, it can produce an odor, which may be stronger in some people than others. Normally your body produces almost 1 litre of sweat per day; however most of this evaporates as soon as it is produced so you don’t notice it.

Content for this question contributed by Purnima Kudly, resident of Concord, Contra Costa County, California, USA