Foods That Reduce Sweating

By Angela Tague in Healthy Feeling

You know what you eat affects your overall health, but did you know that includes how much you sweat? While several factors affect how much you perspire, your diet is one factor that can impact how much you sweat. Fortunately, this means that, if you're dealing with excessive sweat, you may be able to change that by incorporating more foods that reduce sweating.

Man dabbing sweat off his neck

Why You Sweat

Sweating is a normal, healthy function of the body. Perspiring is the body's natural cooling system. It works to keep your body's internal temperature consistent, particularly when you're exercising or experiencing stress or hormonal shifts.

Sweat is a mix of calcium, chloride, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and water released from your sweat glands. When air comes in contact with this moisture, your body enjoys a cooling effect.

You need to sweat to stay healthy, but excessive sweat can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. If you've noticed you're sweating when your body shouldn't be—such as when you're resting or eating a meal—or you're dealing with excessive sweat, incorporating foods that reduce sweating could help you minimize the effect.

Foods That May Help Reduce Sweating

While you can reduce sweating in many ways—including eliminating some sweat-inducing foods from your diet—adding some new foods may help, too.

Calcium-Rich Foods

Almonds, dairy products, leafy green vegetables, lentils, salmon, and sardines are all high in calcium.

B-Vitamin-Rich Foods

These include eggs, leafy green vegetables, legumes, organ meats (such as the liver and heart), salmon, and shellfish.

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Fruits and Vegetables with High Water Content

When it's snack time, reach for sliced cucumber, cantaloupe, oranges, and watermelon. Lettuce is also high in water, so consider enjoying a salad before your dinner instead of a salty, fatty appetizer that may increase sweat production.

Herbs and Supplements

Certain herbs may help minimize sweating, including sage, chamomile, valerian root, and St. John's Wort.

Magnesium-Rich Foods

If you're making a salad, add sliced almonds, avocado, pumpkin seeds, and spinach.


Reach for a bottle of refreshing water instead of drinks high in sugar, caffeine, or alcohol. Those tend to make you sweat! Water, on the other hand, regulates your body temperature. If plain water is hard to drink, you can make infused water.

Cleaning up your dietary choices is one of the best ways to reduce excessive sweating. But if you've tried managing your symptoms on your own and nothing is making a difference, contact your doctor. Excessive sweating can be a sign of an imbalance in your system, including some infections and underlying conditions, so it's best to contact a professional for personalized treatment.

Everybody Sweats!

Perspiration is perfectly normal, but it's understandable to want to minimize it if it's causing you discomfort or embarrassment. In addition to mindfully consuming foods that reduce underarm sweating, moist palms, and forehead perspiration, adding an antiperspirant, such as the Tom's of Maine Natural Powder Antiperspirant, to your routine can also help minimize moisture so you feel dry and confident.

Learn more natural remedies for excessive sweating to help you stay cool and comfortable.

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Why It's Good

Your diet can affect how much you sweat. By reducing or eliminating certain foods that induce perspiration, you can better manage this common effect of an active lifestyle.