When it comes to celebrities, getting your clothing sweaty seems to increase the value: Take the $300,000 that Michael Jacksons performance-drenched white glove sold for, or the $771,000 that Babe Ruths summertime stripes earned. But many people would like to avoid sweat as much as possible.
We get the aversion, but we are fans of the summer glow in winter, too. And we hope youll avoid antiperspirants and follow our tips.
1. Embrace the health benefits of a good sweat. Activity-induced sweat raises your heart rate (in a cool room, youll sweat when your heart rate is over 80 percent of your age-adjusted maximum), reduces blood sugar and LDL cholesterol levels, dispels stress hormones, and burns calories faster. Passive sweat from a sauna is beneficial IF you dont overdo it. Too hot or too long can stress your heart. Bonus: When you sweat a lot, the B.O. will go as you cleanse impurities from your system.
2. Do you get flop sweats (high anxiety can make for some strong body odors)? Meditation and regular physical activity help calm your system down. Find someone to talk to about your nervousness. In the meantime, keep your underarms bacteria-free (they generate the smell) by shaving your pits, applying alcohol-based hand sanitizer or taking a very small dose of a beta blocker (high blood pressure meds).
3. Plagued by hyperhidrosis severely excessive sweating? Botox can turn off the tap for up to six months.
The You Docs Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show and Mike Roizen of Cleveland Clinic are authors of YOU: Losing Weight. To submit questions, go to www.RealAge.com. A King Features syndicate.