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Don't Sweat It Essay

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We all have faced this troubling reality. We sweat. It’s bothersome, it’s unpleasant, and it can be quite smelly. But is there a purpose behind all the discomfort that sweat can cause? Through personal experience and research, I will help you find the answer to this question. We can appreciate God’s handiwork in our body, while we understand why we sweat, how we sweat, and how it can be controlled.So why do we sweat? We sweat mainly to cool our body. According to the Food and Drug Administration, sweat is not a significant route for eliminating toxins from our body. Other factors increase sweat production such as: emotions, physical activity, and heat. If you ever get to live in a hot climate, you will sweat anywhere from two to three liters of sweat per hour. In one day, you would fill up this container with sweat.Now that we know why we sweat, we will understand how we sweat. First, the sweat glands are stimulated. The sweat glands are found in the epidermis layer of the skin. The sweat gland is a hollow coil tube of cells. Sweat is produced in this coiled section. We have two kinds of sweat glands, eccrine and apocrine. The eccrine sweat glands are found all over our body, they are the most numerous, and they produce the most sweat in our underarms. The apocrine sweat glands are different, because they produce proteins and fatty acids and they are not found all over the body, but they are found in the underarms. After stimulation, the sweat gland produces sweat fluid. Now we must know that this sweat fluid is odorless. Many of you are probably wondering where the unmistakable odor come from? We will be able to answer this question in just a moment. After the fluid is produced, it travels to the epidermis, the outer layer of the skin, through the sweat bact. Once it reaches the epidermis, two things can happen. Sweat must evaporate to cool our body and that is where the unpleasant odor is produced. It is produced by bacteria that lies on our skin and then breaks up the proteins and the fatty acids that the apocrine sweat glands produce.Now that we understand why we sweat and how we sweat, what can we do to control it? We can do three things: washing, deodorant, and antiperspirant. According to Dr. Kenzo Sato, professor of dermatology at the University of Iowa, the most basic way to hold body odor at bay is to scrub yourself with soap and water, particularly in those areas of the body that are most likely to smell. We can also use deodorants. According to the Food and Drug Administration of the United States, deodorants are cosmetics because they simply cover the smell or attack the bacteria. You can find either commercial or natural deodorants. According to, you should choose deodorants with natural...

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