Therapist Popov: what is “meat sweat” and how to avoid it

Therapist Alexey Popov spoke about such a little-studied phenomenon as “meat sweat”. They talk about it when a person sweats a lot after eating meat food.

— Most often, meat sweat manifests itself as a feeling of heat, sweating, and rapid heartbeat after eating meat food. Someone may experience abdominal discomfort and nausea, the doctor noted.

Causes of “meat sweat”

  • body temperature rises after you eat heavy food – the body works to digest it
  • The proteins contained in meat are complex molecules consisting of chemically bonded elements. Enzymes must “break” all these bonds into amino acids. The process requires maintaining temperatures from 37 to 40 ºС.
  • digesting meat requires about seven times more energy than fats and carbohydrates.

To prevent overheating, the body cools itself by excessive sweating. In addition, meat dishes are usually served very hot.

There is no treatment for meat sweat, but its manifestations can be minimized.

  • reduce the size of meat portions
  • balance food with vegetables, whole grains
  • avoid combining rich meat dishes with alcohol or hot spices, less salt: a large amount of salt causes water retention in the body.
  • eat meat dishes in a cool and cool environment.

Doctors note: sweating after eating is a normal physiological reaction of the body. It can be caused by several factors:

Digestion. After eating, the body begins the digestion process, which produces heat. This can lead to an increase in body temperature and activation of the sweat glands, which causes sweating.

Hot and spicy foods stimulate the sweat glands and cause sweating.

Reaction to emotions. For some people, sweating may be associated with emotional reactions such as stress, nervousness, or excitement. This may appear after eating.

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Important! Information is provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. At the first signs of illness, consult a doctor.