Feeling Under Pressure? No Sweat!

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Playing Under Pressure? No Sweat!

The Doctors meet Megan, a wedding planner who says she is dealing with a problem.

"I’m the owner of a wedding planning and event coordination firm. Whether I’m meeting with brides, setting up wedding decor or coordinating a wedding party, that may even include pets, on the big day, I have to appear cool and collected. But the hours are long and the job can be stressful. Even though I love what I do, sweat happens and sweat in my job is not a good thing. Applying deodorant several times a day does not always work for me and I can’t stop and apply in the middle of someone’s wedding. Nothing I’ve tried has given me the confidence to know that I going to stay dry. Please help," she tells us.

Megan and Chris Putman, a research and development scientist from Procter & Gamble, join Dr. Sonia Batra to talk about possible solutions to Megan's problem. Chris explains that sweating can occur even when you are not physically exerting yourself.

Megan says she believes that sweating is related to the weather and the heat and also shares that she feels she sweats more as she gets older.

"Sweating is a normal body function that protects our body from overheating, which is a good thing. But when sweat comes in contact with bacteria on the skin’s surface it can produce a potent body odor, which no one wants. Messages from the brain indicating that the body is too hot, activate the sweat glands which then spring into action making perspiration," Dr. Batra explains, saying that hormones, emotions, and physical activity also play a part. She continues, "When you're angry or stressed, your body releases hormones that boost your heart rate and blood pressure and raise your body temperature, which can cause sweat."

Chris says that according to several studies women are busier and more stressed than ever, and as a result, women are sweating more than ever. He says that according to a recent survey by Procter & Gamble, a third of women say they sweat through the underarms of their shirt at least once a week.

"The good news is that while sweating is a normal body function, our underarms don’t have to be overly sweaty or smelly," he says.

 Dr. Batra shares some tips related to sweating:

  • Watch what you eat and drink as alcohol and caffeine can trigger perspiration. She notes that caffeine activates the central nervous system turning on sweat glands and says the more you drink the more you sweat. She also explains that heat from coffee can also make your body feel hot enough to sweat.
  • Spicy foods can fool your body into thinking it is hot by setting off the same nerve receptors that respond to heat, she says. 

To prevent excessive sweating, Chris suggests:

  • Wear loose, breathable fabrics
  • Try to avoid stressful situations

He also tells Megan -- who says she is unsure about which deodorant will keep her dry -- that clinical strength deodorants can be the best choice to control sweat and odor because they are designed with a higher concentration of active ingredients to help stop perspiration. Chris says that, according to a study by Procter & Gamble, just one use of Secret Clinical Strength is as effective as two uses of regular antiperspirant. He says it can work fast in unexpected sweat and odor situations and is the number 1 best-selling clinical strength deodorant on the market. 

Chris surprises Megan and the entire studio with a $100 gift card to Walgreens, so everyone can try it. Visit TheDoctorsTV.com for your chance to win a $100 gift card to Walgreens.