Sweating is one of easiest – and cheapest – ways to detoxify the tissues of the body. While the idea of being hot and sweaty is not necessarily appealing, it does wonders for your health including your circulation, skin, joints and tissues. The ability to break a sweat is a measure of the health of your circulatory system. The easier it is for you to sweat, the better your circulatory system’s response. Sweating is one way our body regulates our body temperature. It’s how our bodies throw off heat. When the body has more toxins than it can process, they settle in fatty tissues and the interstitial fluid between our cells. Sweating purges the waste from the cells and tissues and leaves them better able to absorb nutrients, vitamins, minerals and hormones.
Sweat is actually created by glands in the skin and exits through the pores of the skin. A common myth is that sweat causes acne, while in fact the opposite is true. When you sweat, you’re flushing the body of toxins. This includes the gunk clogging your pores and causing blemishes and acne. The more common cause of acne and blemishes on the face is makeup. If possible, wash your face before exercising or using a sauna or steam room. This can reduce the likelihood of makeup seeping into the pores and clogging them up. A good, deep sweat might leave you feeling dirty, but it’s actually a way to cleanse the body and can result in clearer, more toned skin. It’s also a good idea to wash your face after a good sweating session to help finish the cleansing process and remove pollutants from the surface of your skin.
Did you know that your internal body temperature is one measure of wellbeing? If you find yourself on either end of the body temperature spectrum, the body’s internal systems can fail. For this reason, the body has systems that keep a tight rein on and regulate internal body temperature. Naturally, during vigorous exercise or when we are subjected to higher temperatures, core body temperature goes up. As noted above, sweating is how the body keeps cool. When our master control organ – the brain -senses that core body temperature has gone up, it sends a signal to increase blood flow to the skin. This in turn stimulates sweat production – and that’s a good thing. It is a sign our body temperature regulation system is working. Once sweat dries on our skin, it helps us to cool down. Not only does this improve internal body functions but it also improves circulation.
Regular detoxification can enhance your immune system. Detoxification lends the body a hand by eliminating toxins. With fewer toxins on board, the body has more energy to fight off cold and flu viruses because it’s not using energy fighting internal toxins. The phrase sweating out a fever refers to the fact that sweating can decrease the duration of symptoms as well as defend against additional viruses that may be lingering.
Although visible signs of sweating is often met with embarrassment, it is a normal bodily function that most people experience. Sweating itself is actually a good thing! It’s the body odor that often that comes along with it that causes embarrassment. Body odor is actually caused by bacteria found on the skin. Perspiration is one way our body cools itself down and also rids the body of toxins. Perspiration is good! Body odor? Not so much, but again, a common human experience. Following are a list of some of the benefits of getting your sweat on.
The skin is the largest organ of the body and one of the key systems of detoxification. Sweat is the way that your carries harmful toxins out of tissues. Dr. Mark Hyman recommends sweating profusely three times a week in a far infrared sauna, steam or clay detox bath as an important step in helping to detox the body. Sweating through one of these methods is often more intense and therefore better at purging toxins than just exercising to a sweat. Far infrared heat raises your core body temperature such that you sweat from the inside out. This is in contrast to a traditional sauna, where the body heats up from the outside in. HOWEVER, if you don’t have access to a sauna or steam room, heart-pumping, body-sweating exercise is still a great way to move toxins out.
Sweating lowers both salt and calcium stores in the body. Both of these are essential to the formation of kidney stones. The thinking is with fewer of these elements in the body, the less likely it is that painful kidney stones will develop.
Sweating is an easy way to help your body rid the body of toxins, clear the skin, reduce the risk of kidney stones, enhance immunity and improve circulation. It is important however, to listen to your body and not overdo it. Most important, remember that deep sweating depletes the body’s store of water and for this reason, extra hydration is needed on those days when you get your sweat on. If you’ve not yet experienced our Sunlighten Solo Sauna, make an appointment today to try it! It can be done as a 50 minute solo service or as an add-on prior to a body wrap.