It is very hot in Brazil right now. Temperatures have been reaching 36C and I find myself sweating very intensely most of the day. It seems like my body goes into a panic, starts sweating and does not stop even for 15-20 minutes after entering an air-conditioned area. It is very humid, so my sweat does not dry.
The thing is, I'm the only wet and looking like I stepped in a shower with my clothes on. The Brazilians are dry and don't even smell sweaty like me. I am already wearing very light loose-fitting clothes made mostly of cotton or linen which fare better than anything synthetic (I get even more wet with polyester and performance fabrics). I walk with a small towel which I use to dry myself often but even my eyes get wet and it interferes with me seeing where I'm going. The heat makes me thirsty to which I drink water at about 1.5-2L per day. This is the most sold item on the street, so I presume its also what the Brazilians drink mostly and they also seem to be mostly wearing cotton.
This is causing a serious problem in that I am losing my sunscreen very rapidly. Even waterproof and sport sunscreen lasts only a little longer than regular but still easily under an hour. To compensate, I am using a hat - which you rarely see Brazilans with - but that makes me sweat more, so I alternate and allow the breeze to make me feel less hot from time to time.
Can my body sweat less in high heat and humidity?
- Is there a change in diet or supplements that would improve my body's reaction?
- Are there medications or pharmaceuticals to help with this?
- Will my body eventually simply adapt on its own?
- Or is there a genetic factor, meaning that I'm simply not made for this?