Everybody sweats – it's a normal function of a healthy body designed to keep your core cool.
But what most people don't realise is just how much liquid comes out of their pores.
Skincare firm Nivea has provided the answer to the question and it's horrifying.
On average humans sweat approximately 278 gallons, or 1,264 litres, of sweat per year.
That's roughly the equivalent to five full bath-loads of sweat per person per year.
That equates to 2,671 pints, around five full wheelie bins or 256,445 teaspoons worth of sweat.
Looked at another way, if you put 1,582 people together and saved all their sweat for a year they would produce enough to fill the London Aquarium.
During physical activity we produce 0.5-2litres an hour, potentially enough to fill a large share bottle of cola, or over three pint glasses.
Meanwhile some of the sweatier folks out there can drip out around 3 litres per day despite not moving around very much.
What factors influence sweat levels?
While women have more sweat glands than men, but men actually produce more sweat.
Environment is predictably also a huge factor, with hot, humid climates likely to cause increase perspiration, compared to cool dry climates which are likely to have the opposite effect.
Your body weight can also play a significant part.
Obese people tend to sweat far more than people with a lower body mass index.
Other factors like certain medications – including some antidepressants – as well as hormone imbalances can also play a significant part.
While sweat is normal and in most circumstances nothing to worry about, in some cases it can cause embarrassment as it can carry with some social stigma.
In more extreme scenarios excessive sweating can lead to certain medical conditions.
When does sweating become a problem?
Perhaps the thing people worry about most with sweat is the smell it can give off. While sweat itself is actually odourless, when it dries on the skin it can led to bacteria on the skin begin to breakdown the chemicals giving off that iconic stink – BO.
Another common cause of concern is the social stigma around hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. This can often happen despite any real strenuous activity or exposure to significant heat.
If you leave excess sweat on your skin for too long it can lead to infection of bacteria which in turn can cause rashes and boils to form. Excessive sweat can also lead top fungal infections on the skin.
People who sweat a lot are also likely to become dehydrated due to the loss of water from their system.
How to manage excess sweat
If the amount you sweat concerns you there are things you can do. Maintaining a health weight for your age and height can help ensure your body regulates itself as well as possible, while taking bathes regularly and wearing loose cotton clothing will keep levels down on a day-to-day basis.
Be sure to use anti-perspirant rather than deodorant.
Using gel-based or oil-free makeup can also help limit sweat, while using creams, sprays or wipes containing aluminum chloride has been known to help.
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