Sweating has always carried with it a social stigma and it really can be quite embarrassing. However, sweating is actually good for you in more ways than you might imagine.
You wouldn’t want to go into a black dress or suit and tie affair sweating profusely, but there is merit to the concept of working up a sweat. Check out these six benefits and then you’ll see why it’s really okay to break a sweat, at least during your workouts!
Many people juice to detoxify the body, but sweating is just as effective. According to a study published in 2011, it was found that a number of substances are flushed from the body which aids in detoxification.
Among those substances are cholesterol, alcohol and salt. In fact, using sweat as a channel for release, the body is able to eliminate a number of other toxins as well.
2. Boosts Immunity
Oddly, sweating also boosts immunity. Those toxins eliminated from the body are often pathogens that cause diseases. According to an Australian dermatologist, Dr. Diane De Fiori, sweat carries peptides which have antimicrobial properties and these are effective in combating viruses, fungi and bacteria.
Bacteria, for example, are broken down by the peptides in sweat.
3. Promotes Weight Loss
The next time you go to the gym to workout in that neoprene sauna vest, know that you doing more for your body than shedding pounds! Yes, those vests were designed to help you shed inches through eliminating fluids when sweating, but now you know that those vests help you stay healthy at the same time.
4. Increased Production of Endorphins
Endorphins are the ‘feel good’ hormones your body produces during an intense workout and prolonged sweating. According to one study, endorphins also help to ease the pain associated with sore muscles. Imagine sweating your way to happiness. It isn’t a stretch of the imagination when you consider that endorphins really do make you feel good and as a result, your emotional health can improve as well.
5. Reduces the Risk of Kidney Stones
Most people know that eating too much salt is toxic for the body in a number of ways. Not only does an excess of salt cause the body to retain water but that retention can, in turn, be the underlying cause of major heart attacks.
We learned earlier that sweating carries toxins and salt out of the body and as a result, it should not be deposited to great extents in the kidneys. If you suffer from kidney stones, one of the most effective natural ways to prevent further occurrences would be to increase the amount of sweat your body produces.
6. Skin Clarification
Finally, because sweating carries toxins from the body, you are likely to be less prone to blemishes and pimples. Even those suffering with acne can benefit from increased sweating.
Those toxins that clog your pores are a very real part of the problem. As an adjunct to other therapies, sweating can help improve the quality of your skin. It may even help your skin stay younger looking longer.
Who would have ever believed that sweating can lead to better health all the way around? Walking into a crowded room may still carry a social stigma so you may want to dry off first.
However, whenever the opportunity presents itself to work up a sweat, do so knowing that you are simply helping your body to be at its very best. Whether you are simply looking to lose a few pounds or are trying to improve other areas of your body, sweating may be one of nature’s most well-kept secret remedies.