5 Benefits of Sweating It Out.
Most of us have a daily routine. We wake up, do morning things, do work things, then return home to do a few nighttime things, then sleep. A lot of these things are sedentary – driving, sitting at a desk, then driving again, and now that you’re home and tired… some more sitting.
The problem with this routine is that our bodies were built to move. So here’s your reminder: whether your stressed, depressed, tired, or just bored… Sweat It Out!
Our bodies have natural systems built in to stimulate our brain as we exert energy. We weren’t built to sit around doing nothing… but that’s exactly what many of us do. And while many people have heard about the benefits of exercise, there are very real benefits of sweating!
“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” – Isak Dinesen
Here are a few benefits that sweating provides:
Sweat Clears Out Toxins
Sweat does a wonderful job at cleaning out our system. Sweating flushes out substances such as cholesterol, alcohol and salts. It’s a natural way that we can help clean out our system, to keep our body functioning at optimal levels. There is also research that shows that sweat can help eliminate trace-metals, and cells damaged by toxic chemicals.
Read 4 more sweat-benefits below:
Feel Better via Endorphins
When we sweat, we feel better afterwards. This is because our brain releases those energy-boosting, feel-good endorphin hormones. NOTE: walking or lifting light dumbbells is nice, but to get the true benefits of a substantial endorphin release, we need to SWEAT!
Endorphins also serve as a natural pain and stress reliever. This can help us with common aches and pains, and help us to naturally confront them instead of reaching for the medicine cabinet. As summarized by Dr. James Ting of Hoag Orthopedic Institute: “Exercise stimulates neurochemical pathways in the brain, resulting in the production of endorphins that act as natural painkillers.”
Helps us Avoid Illness
Sweating can actual help us fight dangerous germs and pathogens. A dermatologist at the Rosacea Treatment Clinic in Ausralia, Dr. Diane De Fiori, indicated: “Sweat contains antimicrobial peptides effective against viruses, bacteria, and fungi. These peptides are positively charged and attract negatively charged bacterial, enter the membranes of bacteria, and break them down.”Even with regards to common colds and illnesses, a common practice is to take a sauna and “sweat it out” before the cold fully matures. This can also be seen in native cultures with the use of sweat lodges. Sweat it out!
Combat Kidney Stones
There are a number of anecdotal stories about how truly painful kidney stones can be – some people going as far to say more painful than childbirth! While that may be an exaggeration, I think most of us can agree that we’d rather forego ever experiencing kidney stones. Firstly, when we sweat, our body demands fluid intake to replace the fluid lost, and this helps us flush our system, keeping our kidneys clean. Also, sweating helps us eliminate salts, and retain calcium in our bones – rather than having both the salt and calcium being moved through our kidneys, which can create kidney stones.
Keep Your Skin Clean & Healthy
“When you sweat, your pores open and release the grit and grime that has built up inside of them,” says Whitney Bowe, MD, a dermatologist in Briarcliff Manor, New York. So after a good sweat, all that dirt will be sitting on the surface of your skin, where it’s can easily be washed away (this is an important step). Get a good sweat, wash your face, and you can help prevent zits and blemishes.
The bottom line is that sweat can do a lot of great things for our health both internally and externally. It can help our immune system, skin health, kidney health, etc. But the more immediate benefit is how much better you FEEL after a good sweat.
While your routine can make it hard to find time, make time, at least a few days a week, to get a nice sweat going. Clear out your system, and release those wonderful pain and stress fighting hormones known as endorphins.
Sweat It Out!