It is often noted that while eating spicy or hot food, one starts to sweat profusely. It is a common phenomenon and almost everyone once in a while faces it. The reason behind sweating when eating spicy food is due to a chemical called as Capsaicin present in chilies and pepper which causes the body to send signal to the brain that the body is getting overheated as a result of which sweat comes out. The Capsaicin present in the spicy food causes certain receptors responsible for sweating to get activated resulting in sweating. When talking about Capsaicin, as stated it is a primary chemical found in the chilies and pepper because of which spices and pepper taste the way they do. It also makes the food that much tastier.

Why Does Spicy Food Make You Sweat

What is the Mechanism Behind Sweating When Eating Spicy Food?

Coming to the mechanism as to what causes you to sweat when eating spicy food, the answer is that chemical Capsaicin activates receptions in the skin that normally respond to excess heat or in a hot environment. These receptors are known as polymodal nociceptors. These receptors only respond to extreme conditions or intense mechanical stimulation like a burn or a cut. The signals sent by the receptors to the brain due to the chemical makes the brain think that the body is subjected to extreme heat and thus in order to cool down the body the brain acts and perspiration comes out in order to cool down the body.

How to Stop Sweating When Eating Spicy Food?

It can be said that the best way to manage this is to avoid eating spicy food but spicy food gives a good feeling to the taste buds and hence it is tough to avoid spicy food. In order to manage sweating and cutting down the affect of Capsaicin for immediate relief water is the best way but this will be temporary, as Capsaicin does not dissolve in water and hence its effect stays for longer period of time. However, there are ways to cut down the effects of Capsaicin and that is too take some sugar or have a glass of cold milk which will immediately cut down the effects of Capsaicin and you may stop sweating quickly as a result of eating spicy food.

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Last Modified On: July 8, 2016

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
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