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How Does Iontophoresis Work

How Does Iontophoresis Work

Are you confused about how iontophoresis works? It is very effective when it comes to controlling your excessive sweating. As you read below in this article you will be able to understand what iontophoresis is, how it works, and other relevant information you need to know before you give it a try.

What is Iontophoresis?

Iontophoresis is an apparatus that is powered by batteries, and can be used to treat too much sweating. It functions by sending very small amounts of electrical currents to shock and temporarily block your sweat glands inside the body. Iontophoresis is usually used to control the excessive sweating in your hands or feet, but you can also use it for excessive sweating under your arms.

How does Iontophoresis work?

Iontophoresis involves using regular tap water. Fill a bucket or your tub (pretty much anywhere where you can immerse the clammy area in to). Then plug the iontophoresis electric box and submerge whatever part of your body that needs iontophoresis into the water. The electric current will travel to the affected area.

Is it painful?

Most people report that it does hurt a little, however others say it feels good. There are also others who experienced minor irritation, but not overall pain.

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It really depends on how you handle pain because everybody is different.

(Personally, I’ve used it for a while, and I’ve only felt a tingling sensation.)

Experienced users and studies shows that using low voltages for a long period of time is more effective than high voltage usage over short periods of time. So, if you are going to use this treatment, perhaps use a low voltage current.

How effective is it?

The verdict is inconclusive on this one. Some individuals have experienced positive results and have reported that their sweating has substantially decreased.

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Others have reported that nothing happened after using it for days or weeks.

So, overall, the effects are individual, depending on how your body reacts to iontophoresis.

How should I use it?

Initially you can do 7 individual treatments spaced out over a period of one month. The sessions vary from 20-40 minutes, depending on what area you’re targeting. You can then follow up with a maintenance treatment when your hands, feet, or armpits start to become clammy.

The amount of maintenance treatments depends on the person. You can do it twice per week or twice per month, whatever works for you.

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How much does it cost?

This device can be very expensive, costing approximately $365 (for low quality) to roughly $850 for the highest quality. There are videos on the internet where you can find tutorials on how to make a homemade iontophoresis device (however this is highly not recommended).

Conclusion

It may be the best way to stop excessive sweating for some, but the worst for others; everyone’s body is different.

Please don’t think that you need iontophoresis after one day of heavy sweating.

Sweating can be a normal reaction in certain situations. For example while on the road to an interview you look at your armpits and find out that you are sweating a lot. This may be normal because you are nervous.

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Or, perhaps you start sweating when you are running at the gym. Your body expels sweat as a way to cool down. Again, this may just be normal.

In some cases though, excessive sweating may be a sign of a medical problem.

Sweating may be a sign of an infection, diabetes, or thyroid problems. Unnecessary sweating is also more prevalent in people who are out of shape or overweight.

If you are concerned about too much sweating, it may be a good idea to see your doctor to check if the excessive sweating is not caused by an underlying medical problem.

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Last Updated on December 13, 2018

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

1. Eat Before Heading Out

First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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2. Select The Treats

Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

3. Avoid Skipping Meals

Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

4. Drink With Moderation

It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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5. Be Active

You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

6. Get Out Of The House

Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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8. Set Realistic Goals

You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

9. Enjoy Yourself

Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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11. Eat Less And More Often

Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

12. Prioritize Your Workouts

Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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