You may not realize sweating is good for you.
Your body is an amazing creation with plenty of functions. Your body knows what it’s doing more than you can comprehend. It sweats for many practical reasons, but western culture has convinced most people that it’s disgusting.
There are a lot of positive things coming from the mix of sodium, chloride, potassium and water oozing from your sweat glands.
Here’s why you should change your mind about sweating.
Release of Toxins
Health experts can go on and on about detox when it comes to the accumulated toxins in your body. These toxins stay in tissues and pass through your pores. Saunas and hot baths are a popular resource to speed up detoxification.
Research on BPA (Bisphenol A), a compound linked to various health complications, found this organic material in the participant’s’ urine, blood and sweat. Since there are currently no known methods of removing BPA from the body, the study determined sweating as a means of reducing BPA content. About 80% of the participants had BPA in their sweat. With this data, they concluded sweating to be a potential method for BPA elimination.
When you sweat, you get a coating with antibacterial properties. A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences explained the production of the natural antibiotic in human sweat. These AMPs (Antimicrobial Peptides), fight off pathogens such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Staphylococcus aureus, and even several types of bugs.
When working out, your body starts to heat up, causing your skin to become damp. This is your body’s natural cooling system. In normal conditions, sweating helps achieve homeostasis, which is your body’s state of equilibrium.
Your sweat glands have another function besides producing sweat. Sweat glands aid in healing scrapes, scratches, and burns. A study from the University of Michigan showed an important reservoir of adult stem cells stored in sweat glands. These stem cells rejuvenate the damaged cells in the wounded areas of your skin.
If you have been thinking sweating is disgusting, think again.
Your sweat protects your body more than you think.
Start sweating for your health!
Aimee Harris-Newon, Psy.D., D.A.B.P.S., C.Ht