Men's Life Today
Why You Sweat
By Dr. Josh Zeichner
The main function of sweating is to help control body temperature, maintain a balance of electrolytes and keep the outer layer of the skin moist.
Sweat is produced by specialized glands in the skin called
Eccrine glands are present on almost all skin surfaces except for the nail beds, parts of the genitals and outer ear, and the borders of the lips. There are large concentrations of these glands on the face as well as the palms and soles.
Sweat is predominantly made up of salt and water, along with some organic compounds. You can’t control sweating -- your nerves involuntarily stimulate eccrine gland based on emotional and environmental triggers.
So when you start to sweat in the heat of the summer, now you understand why!