Getting nervous really stinks (literally!).
There are three kinds of sweat: sweat from heat, sweat from exercise and sweat from stress. Of the three, stress sweat is the hardest to control and gives off the foulest stench. If you have trouble keeping your cool in stressful situations, it's not just bad luck-you're biologically programmed to stink under pressure.
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Under normal circumstances, perspiration is meant to cool you down so you don't overheat. When it's hot or you're exerting yourself physically, your temperature gradually rises. Your body's internal thermostat, located in the hypothalamus, eventually recognizes that it better do something to chill you out and triggers the release of neurotransmitters that instruct millions of eccrine (sweat) glands all over your body to produce sweat. As the sweat evaporates, it carries heat away from you, cooling you off. Voilà.
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