Why Do We Sweat?

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Summer’s here and that means many of us in the Northern hemisphere are sweating a whole lot in this heat! But if you think you know everything about perspiration, think again! As Trace tells us, some animals have sweat that puts ours to shame.

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Abnormal Absence of Sweating

“An abnormal lack of sweat in response to heat may be harmful, because sweating allows heat to be released from the body. The medical term for absent sweating is anhidrosis.”

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42 comments

David Guay December 22, 2014 - 1:36 AM

I'm a believer now. Stopped for about a month ago and I think I stink at the end of the day but everyone I ask said smell good to them. So either I'm around a bunch of people that don't want hurt my feelings or science nailed this one!

Meeky Cruz March 1, 2015 - 3:16 PM

I think i have less sweat glands. :/

brooklyn hearts March 6, 2015 - 9:09 AM

I don't sweat or get hot easily

Evil Active April 4, 2015 - 12:05 PM

I don't sweat ever how do I fix that?

Captain Redbeard May 12, 2015 - 9:02 PM

Holy shit. I have pretty dry earwax. And I am known for never smelling bad. I think I might have that weird sweat gene.

DCSmovies May 19, 2015 - 8:11 AM

I activated my discreet sweat, bugs don't bother me much, I heal reary fast, and I have a greater sense of connection to the universe. Immune system celebration after I decided I no longer would like to eat animal products. Simply because it is logical and rational, also meditation has helped real eyes realize real lies.

Curious Content May 23, 2015 - 10:47 PM

i have hyperhydrosis… the worst thing to have.. ever!!!!! however i am naturally strong.. maybe my muscles need cooling off more than average.. interesting video thanks

Somu Rao May 27, 2015 - 1:16 PM

Thanks for the video content! Apologies for butting in, I would appreciate your initial thoughts. Have you heard the talk about – Sayerdsan Excessive Sweating Secret (do a google search)? Ive heard some extraordinary things about it and my BF at very last said good bye to the annoying excessive sweating issue with it.

Juan Richard July 25, 2015 - 7:10 PM

Are we sweating when we're swimming?

Wiz August 1, 2015 - 5:05 PM

Smelly sweat could easily be fixed if our sweat contained antibiotics. BTW why does sweat leave a yellow residue in some people? Is it urea? But don't we have the kidneys to filter that out?

gameingfire 54321 September 30, 2015 - 2:03 AM

I sweat buckets every time I run it always drips from my chin and my head

gameingfire 54321 October 10, 2015 - 2:37 AM

I'm sweating

gameingfire 54321 October 10, 2015 - 6:49 AM

My shirt is soaked j just got back from a race I am soaked and sweat is dripping from my chin

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gameingfire 54321 January 1, 2016 - 2:45 AM

no I'm not FAT

Daltira February 17, 2016 - 4:21 PM

Nice Shirt

Mason Hall March 9, 2016 - 12:38 PM

I'm watching this after chasing my expensive chicken 5 km

Jill's Sandwiches May 20, 2016 - 11:21 PM

can someone please make a GIF of the beginning!?

Gentle-Storm Wyatt July 22, 2016 - 8:00 AM

This helped me on my research paper. 8]

Shivani JIANDANI August 29, 2016 - 12:04 PM

cool vid!

ThePotatoBee September 22, 2016 - 3:06 AM

I sweat randomly. If i'm in class on my chair I will just sweat

kool mag October 3, 2016 - 11:46 AM

What if someone sweats more than an average person

Shadow Heart December 13, 2016 - 1:36 AM

can you do a segment on fat loss? i want to know how it really works beyon the diet

Desi Lewis February 19, 2017 - 3:37 AM

I don't sweat alot is it maybe I don't have my pours open I clean my skin alot and I sweat not alot when I go outside

GD Darkwolf50 _/ February 28, 2017 - 11:43 PM

I came here because I got very sweaty from class Dx

Moataz Metro May 16, 2017 - 8:32 AM

The Main Question is > Where it come from ???
the water in your body
the fats
or other source that what I want to know

ISM Gaming July 8, 2017 - 8:17 AM

hippo ? chris smoove

MirkWoot July 15, 2017 - 7:20 PM

I have dry ear wax, also according to DNA test, and I don't think I smell much when I sweat, interesting!.

Morgan Bennett August 23, 2017 - 1:06 PM

The sweat room makes me more sweat

Mema Del Rey September 7, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Awesome video 😂

bears 25 September 15, 2017 - 6:27 AM

munching on proteins? don't eat HIGH protein OVERLOAD you body where to as it can't digest the massive amounts as to where it leaks in the blood and you won't stink shrug

Apocalypse _March December 17, 2017 - 5:54 AM

Hore sweat lol

Rothsuede December 29, 2017 - 11:51 AM

I am not herer for comedy.

sanja pantelic February 12, 2018 - 1:21 AM

Hey everyone, the greatest results that I have had was by using the Secret sweat blueprint (just google it) – definately the no.1 method that I've seen.

Daniel Castillo Ruvalcaba June 17, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Omg this has nothing to do with our sweat man?!?! I learned more about a freakin animal then us humans? Super fast and not to the point! Not watching this channel anymore.

Meelah Magno July 18, 2018 - 4:04 PM

Every time I eat my head becomes wet with perspiration as if I pour water in it . .
But the question is an trembling because I feel cold . .any idea about this ?

Haris Prem September 11, 2018 - 8:07 AM

i love your t shirt man

Janelle Steenbergen April 18, 2020 - 12:56 AM

uh what?

HunterXJacob November 29, 2020 - 10:59 PM

Anyone else watching in 2020 miss Trace?

cash the dash December 8, 2020 - 9:02 AM

I never sweat no matter what

Baylee Carpenter February 25, 2021 - 4:38 AM

U suck

Samara E June 7, 2021 - 10:14 PM

Listen, I have to at minimum point out that Cynthia Yulesin's approach is where a lot of us finally discovered the answers. Its effects are almost immediate, and it works after just making use of the method for 48 hours or so.