Toxins in Sweat?

Socialite Kim Kardashian says that working up a sweat makes her feel sexy. 

I don’t know about you, but sweating usually makes me feel irritable and exhausted.  Plus it keeps my washing machine going in high gear due to my dislike of wearing wet smelly clothes.  Sweat doesn’t help the appearance of my dress clothes either. 

However, the experts say that sweating is actually beneficial.  Those 2.6 million sweat glands in the average person’s skin actually help us stay healthy.

Sweat helps regulate body temperature.  Sweating is our body’s response to an increase in core temperature and it’s the basic way we cool ourselves off.  We stop sweating when our body’s core temperature drops down to normal.  If we didn’t sweat we would be in danger of heat stroke.

Besides cooling us off, sweating has other health benefits.

Sweating can increase our metabolic rate, When our metabolism increases, our body’s ability to eliminate harmful toxins increases.  Our bodies are filled with toxins that we pick up every day from our environment; from the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe.  The presence of these toxins can cause major health problems.  Although our body can eliminate some of these toxins by other methods, up to 30% of them can be effectively eliminated by sweat.  Sweat is one of the best toxic flushes in the world!

So it appears that individuals who periodically use saunas and steam rooms are getting some health benefits from engaging in such activities.

Sweating can also slow the aging process because the presence of harmful toxins causes the skin to age more quickly.  Sweat and get rid of the toxins and your skin will be more youthful in appearance and more resilient.  Keep in mind that, after you work up a sweat, make sure you wash off those toxins and do it with a cleanser that does not itself contain harmful chemical toxins.

Remember to keep safety in mind if you’re doing a lot of sweating regardless of whether you’re sweating simply due to hot and humid weather or due to physical activity such as exercise.

How well our sweat evaporates into the air is dependent upon the humidity.  When humidity is upper percentage range, sweat does not evaporate as easily and cool our bodies as well as when the air is dry.

Losing an excess amount of sweat can quickly dehydrate you.  This may lead to heat stroke, circulatory problems, and kidney failure.  The more you sweat the thicker the blood in your body becomes because sweat is made from the fluid in your blood.  When this happens your heart has to work harder to pump the blood.  

Studies have shown that The air temperature is 85 degrees and the humidity is 40 percent the average runner loses two to four pounds of sweat each hour.  It is critical to stay hydrated.  You should consume, if you’re running, jogging, or exercising outside,16 ounces of water or sports energy drink an hour or two before you begin and then drink 5 – 10 ounces every 15 to 20 minutes thereafter.  For serious athletes, you can find more information about sports and fitness drinks and supplements that are compliant with the IOC’s anti-doping policy here.

So So regardless of whether we enjoy sweating or not, if we keep hydration in mind we can safely enjoy it’s benefits.  Maybe it’ll even make us feel sexy, like Kim Kardashian.

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