Our bodies are incredible machines capable of executing many functions. In fact, it knows what it’s doing all the time. We, humans, cannot fully comprehend the complexity of our bodies. We sweat for plenty of reasons, but western culture convinced us sweating is gross.
Even if you hate sweating, there’s a lot of good coming from the mix of water, sodium, chloride and potassium oozing from your skin.
Here are reasons why sweating is incredible.
Natural Body Coolant
When the temperature of your body increases, your skin starts to become damp, and the moisture evaporates. This process is your body’s cooling system. In normal conditions, sweating is one of your body’s ways of maintaining homeostasis.
Escape Route for Toxins
Detox is a common word thrown around among health experts. Instead, you should think of the accumulated toxic elements and waste in your body. There are a lot of toxins stored in tissues while some elements readily exit through your pores. Sweating is a potential method for eliminating many toxins in the body. This is the reason why people use saunas to speed up detoxification.
Flush Out BPA
A study on the contaminant Bisphenol A (BPA), a compound associated with adverse health effects, found levels in participants’ blood, urine and sweat. Since there are no known methods of flushing out BPA, the study determined sweating was a possible way to reduce BPA content in the human body. Eighty percent of the participants showed detected BPA in sweat. There was no BPA detected in blood and urine samples, so they concluded sweating as a potential method for eliminating BPA.
Clear Your Skin
According to Dr. Adebola Dele-Michael, a dermatologist from New York, pores release the things lingering within. She said, “Sweat purges the body of toxins that can clog pores and plague skin with pimples and blemishes.”
Heal Your Wounds
Millions of human sweat glands serve another astounding function because they aid in the healing of wounds, especially scrapes, and burns. Research from the University of Michigan shows sweat glands storing an important reservoir of adult stem cells for wound healing.
Sweat gives our body a coating with antibacterial properties. According to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, when we sweat, we produce a natural antibiotic. These AMPs (Antimicrobial Peptides) activate and fight small and large bugs, and even pathogens like Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and Staphylococcus aureus.
If you think sweating is gross, consider the benefits.
In fact, your sweat protects your body in more ways than one.
It’s time to get a good sweat going!
Dr. Veronica Anderson is an MD, Functional Medicine practitioner, Homeopath. and Medical Intuitive. As a national speaker and designer of the Functional Fix and Rejuvenation Journey programs, she helps people who feel like their doctors have failed them. She advocates science-based natural, holistic, and complementary treatments to address the root cause of disease. Dr. Veronica is a highly-sought guest on national television and syndicated radio and hosts her own radio show, Wellness for the REAL World, on FOX Sports 920 AM “the Jersey” on Mondays at 7:00 pm ET.