August 4th, 2020
It’s August and it’s HOT. And it’s the month in which we sweat just about the most.
• The sweat that oozes from your pores is actually a weak version of pee, made up of the same components as urine: water, salts, and urea. It also contains a chemical that is the same as wasp poison, and another chemical that is similar to what skunks spray.
• Some unfortunate people’s bodies lack a particular enzyme that absorbs a smelly protein made by bacteria in the stomach. As a result of this deficiency, these people have a horrible rotten-fish odor that constantly seeps out in their sweat.
• Sweating is one of the ways we regulate our body temperature — humans rely on the evaporation of sweat to protect the body against a hot environment. Most other animals rely on insulation or panting.
• Sweating of the body and hands when we are anxious may occur for a reason — to help us escape from enemies if they try to grab us
• Sweat from some areas of the body contains scents, called pheromones, that send secret signals to other people.
• The body has approximately 2 to 4 million sweat glands weighing a total of approximately 3 ounces.
• The most concentrated area of sweat glands is on the bottom of our feet while the least concentrated area of sweat glands is on our back.
• Women have more sweat glands than men, but men’s are more active.