Whether or not we have the ability to “sweat out toxins,” is still up for debate. Sweat contains mostly water and small amounts of minerals, lactate and urea. There is not a lot of evidence that toxins are found in sweat. It appears that our liver and kidneys are the key players (not sweat glands) when it comes to detoxing the body. Regardless, you cannot deny that there is something wonderfully cleansing about getting a good sweat.
Exercise induced sweating brings with it all the benefits of exercise. When we move, our muscles produce heat, burn energy and need to be cooled down. Our circulation is increased and oxygen rich blood flows to vessels near sweat glands.
The process of sweating can be described as a built in air condition unit. (The human body is genius!) Evaporation of sweat from the surface of the skin cools us off. As the skin surface cools, so does our core temperature.
Sweating also does great things for skin. It opens up our pores and prevents dead skin and excess oil from clogging pores.
Fun Facts: Our furry little friends, dogs, do not sweat because they have very few sweat glands. Instead, they pant and saliva evaporates, creating a similar cooling effect. (Think of a poor little pug in the summer time!)
It is important to replace the water, minerals and electrolytes lost during long bouts of sweating. Try making your own natural sports drink. Simply blend the following ingredients together:
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice
- 1/4 cup of lime juice
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 whole squeezed orange
- 1 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 liter of water
Sweat it out! Then drink it up!