Have you ever taken off your shoes after a long day, your feet are sweating profusely and they smell like something unmentionable? Sweaty feet is an embarrassing health issue. There are more than 250,000 sweat glands in each foot. Your body regulates heat by perspiring. Sometimes the body lets more perspiration out than is necessary. This natural perspiration may be relieved excessively through the feet. Athletes foot can be a result of excessive sweating of the feet. However, the real issue is bacteria building due to sweat, which causes your feet to smell. Keeping your feet clean and dry is a must. Fortunately, there are natural ways to get rid of sweaty feet, using ingredients that can be found right in your kitchen pantry.
Why All the Sweat?
There are many different reasons why feet may sweat excessively. You may have been prone to sweaty feet from birth. You may have a medical condition or disease, or are taking medications that cause you to sweat more than usual. As spicy food may make a person sweat a lot, consuming food or drink with caffeine or alcohol may promote heavy sweating as well.
A Nice Foot Soak
There are several ways to soak the sweat and smell away. Ingredients, such as tea and salt, have drying agents. Add warm water to two to three bags of black tea or ½ cup of kosher or Epsom salt, and soak your feet. To get rid of the odor, soak your feet in plain or apple cider vinegar and warm water. Don't rinse your feet, but always dry them thoroughly after soaking them.
Ginger and Radishes
Ginger root is known to relieve many ailments, from nausea to poor circulation to indigestion. But did you know that ginger also helps with sweaty feet? Mash ginger up and rub it on your feet. This helps the feet sweat out toxins and then stop producing bacteria. The only catch is that you need to keep the ginger on for a long time to get its benefits. If you don't have ginger, radish juice is also known to be a natural deodorant.
A Sprinkle a Day
Dust your feet with some cornstarch or talcum powder to absorb sweat and odor. Then sprinkle baking powder or cornstarch in each shoe overnight to absorb the shoes' moisture and smell.
Wear the Right Socks and Shoes
Wear clean and absorbent socks made of natural fibers. Synthetic fibers make your feet sweat, which is something you want to avoid. As for the kind of shoes to wear, open sandals are best. When the weather is cold and sandals are not possible, give your shoes a break and switch off with a different pair every other day to allow the worn pair to dry out thoroughly. Some shoes are hard to wash, but sneakers can be kept clean by washing them in the washing machine. When indoors, air your feet out by going barefoot.