5 Potential Reasons You Feel So Sweltering Hot All The Time

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It’s tough being the hot friend — no, literally the person whose makeup is melting off before they even reach the brunch table. (Come on now.) You freeze out all of your friends when they come over to your apartment to hang out, you’re known for giving rather sweaty hugs and you might as well be a stockholder in Dove’s clinical deodorant.

After the fun of singing Nelly’s “Hot In Herre” on loop subsides, you’re just left feeling really sticky from all that perspiration and pretty freaking frustrated that your body just won’t cooperate. Here are some potential reasons you’re facing unbearable heat day after day.

1. You down a lot of caffeine and spicy foods.

If you don’t stop at just two cups a day or add a hefty dose of red pepper flakes to all of your savory meals, your dietary choices might have a little something to do with why you can’t seem to cool off. Caffeine has the ability to (temporarily) increase your overall body temperature, and spicy foods trigger the same heat receptors in your skin that respond to a blazingly sunny day. So maybe it’s time to take things down a notch, eh?

2. Your metabolism is the queen of efficiency.

Now, this isn’t technically a problem. In fact, plenty not-so-fit people out there probably envy you for this one. But if you’re in peak physical condition and spend a fair amount of time completing endurance exercise, that metabolic furnace just keeps burning and burning inside your body, making good use of all the fuel you give it. Unfortunately, it can leave you feeling on the warmer side compared to your pals, but seriously, isn’t it kind of worth it?

3. You’re stressed AF.

Have you ever noticed that flush you feel when you’re navigating a particularly unnerving situation? That’s part of your body’s natural fight-or-flight response reacting to a stress trigger. It usually leaves your limbs feeling a little chilly as it directs the majority of your blood to your core organs, but that also means your torso can feel like it’s legitimately on fireAnd if you lead an especially stressful lifestyle, this reaction could be happening all too often.

4. Your thyroid is working overtime.

The thyroid is responsible for producing hormones that regulate both your metabolism and body temperature, so when it’s overactive, it’s producing too many of these hormones at one given time, throwing your thermoregulation out of whack. Pressing fast forward in your body this way easily leads to feeling overheated and sweaty constantly — even if you’re just lounging on your couch. Luckily, this is pretty easy to treat with a doctor’s assistance.

5. You’re taking prescription medication.

You’ve watched enough drug commercials by now to know that there’s a slew of potential side effects and harsh reactions for pretty much every prescription medication out there. But do you know what those are for the pills you take each morning? If not, it might be time to do your research and see if temperature sensitivity is one of the possible side effects. And if you find a probable association, talk to your doctor to see if there’s another version of the medication you could try that wouldn’t lead to the same sweaty situations.