Take Advantage of Sweat to Release an Avalanche of Toxins
from Your Body
The ability to sweat a lot isn't what most people call a
talent, or even a benefit. We live in a culture that doesn't want to see it and
doesn't want to smell it.
But sweat, it turns out, can save your life.
The reality of sweating
When you sweat, there's a lot more happening than just the
visible signs of perspiration.
Your sweat glands — nearly two million of them — are
dispersed throughout almost all the skin on your body. They're found in the
layer known as the dermis. Nerve cells within the dermis control sweating.
Most people think of sweat only as a way to stay cool when you overheat. But in
fact, your body sweats continuously. Or at least, that's the case if you're
healthy. The amount of sweat you produce is heavily affected by several things.
These include not only air temperature and your activity level, but also — a
surprising one — your emotional state.
Sweat itself is made up primarily of water. It also contains minerals, lactic
acid, ammonia, urea, and sugar. Sweat levels increase for most people when they
exercise, when the weather (or room temperature) is really hot, or when they're
particularly angry or upset. Sweat levels can also increase when you're ill — a
fever being the obvious case.
Sweat comes in two varieties: Active and passive. Active sweating happens when
you exercise, and it invigorates your body. Passive sweating, which has more of
a therapeutic effect, happens when your core body temperature rises (usually
because the air around you is hot, as in a traditional sauna or a steam room).
The more advanced far infrared saunas are something else. They induce a passive
sweat by heating the body directly, not just the air.
In both active and passive sweating, your breath quickens, your circulation
improves, and your metabolism speeds up. This combination of responses
contributes to getting your body back to a normal temperature.
In fact, temperature regulation is the most important benefit to sweating. On
average, you burn approximately 2,500 calories in a single day. That means your
body generates enough heat from oxidation to boil somewhere around 25 quarts of
water. Since your body can't tolerate that kind of heat, you have a built-in cooling
system. Sweating slows down the rate at which your body burns calories. It also
helps blood vessels within your skin dilate in order to release heat. Sweat
brings your body temperature back to normal.
8 more healing benefits of sweat
Beyond temperature regulation, your body benefits from
sweating in several other ways:
Energy boost: Sweating through exercise releases endorphins that prompt
an energy boost.
Immune system boost: The theory is that as your body heats up, you
generate more white blood cells. In turn, this strengthens your immune system.
Cardiovascular benefits: Along with increasing the dilation of your
blood vessels, your heart gets a workout each time you sweat. Your heart is a
muscle, after all.
Stress relief: Sweating is also relaxing. It's an effective stress
reliever and helps get rid of fatigue in your body brought on by muscle
Pain relief: As the body heats up and starts sweating, circulation
improves and those energy-boosting endorphins are released. But endorphins are
also a natural pain-relieving chemical and help limit any discomfort you might
feel from sore muscles or arthritis.
Healthier skin: The November 5, 2001 issue of Nature Immunology,
an online publication, cited work from Eberhard Karls University in Germany on
the contents of human sweat. One ingredient the researchers discovered is
something called dermcidin, an anti-microbial (antibiotic) peptide. Dermcidin
plays a role in limiting the spread of disease-causing bacteria that lead to
skin infections like impetigo. Also, some experts say heavy, regular sweating
can slow the early signs of skin damage and aging.
Weight loss: Sweating doesn't necessarily speed weight loss in the way
many people think. What it actually does is force you to lose water, which does
indeed result in a temporary weight loss. But even if the numbers on the scale
change, you need to replace that water loss by drinking water — otherwise, you
risk dehydration. But sweating does contribute to the weight loss process.
When you exercise and your body heats up, water-soluble fat leaves your body
Cells that are damaged by toxic metals and other chemicals tend to be weaker
than normal cells. When you heat these weaker cells, you speed up their death.
This hastens the removal of metals and chemicals that may have been trapped in
those damaged cells.
Detoxification through sweat plays an important role in disease prevention and
treatment. Toxins, we know, cause a host of problems — cancer being one of
them. Regular sweating helps you reduce this toxic load. In fact, as much as
30% of your body's waste gets removed through sweat. We see a lot of other
cultures use this principle as a healing technique (think of Native American
sweat lodges, for example). The second someone starts to feel ill, they're sent
to a dry sauna. There's an old saying that a good sweat has the power to stop a
cold in its tracks.
Jumpstart your ability to sweat
It's not common, but some people have a very hard time
sweating. That puts their health at risk, because they're more disposed to
become overheated and have a harder time getting rid of toxins.
If you engage in a physical activity and your face turns beet red while those
around you sweat, it's a reason to be concerned. Sometimes a thyroid problem
plays a role, so if you have considerable trouble sweating; it's worth asking a
doctor to test your thyroid function.
Dehydration is another reason for limited sweating. Drink at least the
recommended eight glasses of water a day to get your body back on track.
If you've already got these things in check, there are a few ways to jumpstart
your ability to sweat. Saunas is one of them, especially if they're far
infrared, because infrared has the ability to heat the body directly, instead
of just heating the air, thereby giving you a deep, detoxifying sweat at the
cellular level where toxins reside. Wet saunas are another proven way to help
your body release toxins through sweat.
A lot of people these days also report amazing benefits from hot yoga —
essentially, the practice of regular yoga but at temperatures as high as 105
degrees Fahrenheit. Be careful not to overdo it — and do keep yourself
Don't give up if you can't break a decent sweat on the first try. Reports of
very ill people having "breakthrough sweats," where they try
something like a hot sauna for several days without effect, until one day —
maybe after as many as six days of trying — sweat will suddenly start pouring
out of them. Think of it as getting yourself unclogged.
And of course, any time you induce yourself to sweat, you want to make sure to
replenish your body by drinking lots of water and taking mineral supplements.
When you do sweat this is the time for the solution, sweat
could be a hassle, it drips into our eyes, around our neck and causes
discomfort, you can use a towel to wipe your sweat but when you put down your
towel remember that the floor usually is dirty and full of germs from all
kinds, other people might sweat there and you don’t want to wipe your face with
their toxics. The best way to wipe your face and neck will be with a Drykeeper
(www.drykeeper.com) this product will
stay around your neck, can be resized and you never need to take it off of you,
a big plus will be the stylish look it will give you. Drykeeper is already the #1 recommended workout
towel by personal trainers and zumba instructors.