6 Gross But Cool Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Sweat
Some weird and slightly gross but no less true facts about sweat to share. Because y'know, there's nothing like grossing out everyone at the dinner table with a few scientifically accurate facts about their bodily functions, is there? Fully story at MTV.co.uk
Summer is officially here and unless you live in the arctic circle, that means all you're probably going to want to talk about from now until October is how you're REALLY, REALLY HOT and SWEAT IS LITERALLY DRIPPING DOWN MY FACE and WHY IS THERE NO AIR-CON IN HERE.
While we can't do much to help with that except for suggesting that you buy a bag of ice cubes and shove them all down your t-shirt right this second, we do have some weird, slightly gross but also true facts about sweat to share.
Because y'know, there's nothing like grossing out everyone at the dinner table with a few scientifically accurate facts about their bodily functions, is there?
1. Women have more sweat glands than men
Buuuut men still sweat more than us ladies, so it all works out in the end. Generally speaking a person has between two and five MILLION sweat glands, with some of us genetically programmed to be sweatier people than others.
2. Sweat doesn't smell
It's actually the bacteria on your skin that mixes with sweat that makes you smell. Gross but true.
3. Your sweat glands are the most concentrated on the soles of your feet and the least concentrated on your back
Explains why you're shoes get so sweaty in the summer, doesn't it?
4. Hippo sweat is RED
It looks a bit like blood, which makes those guys look even more terrifying than usual. Gulp.
5. There's a difference between exercise sweat and stress sweat
The type of sweat you do when you're on edge or stressing out is different to that from when you exercise. Stress sweat is actually a whole different liquid and is made up of fatty acids and proteins opposed to the usual water, salt and potassium. That's why it often smells worse when you stress sweat, which isn't that helpful on the behalf of the body, is it?
6. Cows sweat through their noses
They do have sweat glands all over the body, but they are mostly concentrated in the nose so mostly sweat from the schnozz. If you were wondering who sweats like us, primates and horses both perspire most from their armpits.