‘When people tell me they can’t afford to join a gym, I tell them to go outside; planet Earth is a gym and we’re already members. Run, climb, sweat and enjoy all of the natural wonders that is available to you.’
– Steve Maraboli.
Sweating simply means excreting moisture in visible quantities through the openings of the sweat glands. It is also known as perspiration.
Sweating helps the body maintain its proper temperature, thus keeping you safe from overheating. Dr. Adebola Dele-Michael, a dermatologist at Radiant Skin Dermatology and Laser in New York City told Medical Daily that, “Sweating is the way the skin protects itself from overheating. Sweating also increases the blood circulation in the body.” Increased blood flow helps in the elimination of the excess heat from the body.
Sweating detoxifies the body. It flushes out substances of alcohol, cholesterol and salt. It expels toxins thus supporting proper immune function, and helps in the prevention of diseases related to toxic overload. Also eliminates from the system; pollutants such as BPA and DEHP, pesticides, herbicides and the heavy metals that we take in breath.
Perspiration aids in opening of the pores, releasing the grime and grit which hold in germs that lead to ZITS. “Sweat purges the body of toxins that can clog pores and plague the skin with pimples and blemishes.” Dr. Adebola.
Sweating is important in the prevention of colds and other illnesses. It fights tuberculosis germ plus other harmful pathogens. “Sweat contains antimicrobial peptides effective against viruses, bacteria and fungi. These peptides are positively charged and attract negatively charged bacteria, enter the membranes of the bacteria, and break them down.” Dr. Diane De Fiori, dermatologist at Rosacea Treatment Clinic – Melbourne, Australia, to Medical Daily. The cleaning of pores also helps in the elimination of blackheads and acne.
Sweating is an effective way of salt removal and retention of calcium in the bones. This limits the accumulation of salts and calcium in the kidneys and urine, hence, lowering the risk of kidney stones. And since it demands more hydration from the body, you drink more water to compensate the loss. This helps in flushing out the system more efficiently.
Sweating has also been found to boost endorphin levels. This is termed as a ‘happy juice for the brain.” Lisa Stewart, in Fitness Lifestyle. This ensures that you stay happy always. Endorphins also serve as painkillers, relieving you of the pains as your mood is heightened.
Sweating is an “anti-aging… produces softer skin, improves tone and flexibility of skin.” Loretta Lanphier, NP. from the article ‘Health Benefits of Sweating’ in Health and Wellness.
Sweating “helps you relax.” Tracy D Mitchell from the article ’10 Reasons Sweating Benefits You’ in GetFitChicago (17 Dec, 2013).
Hyperhidrosis, a medical term given for excessive sweating, can predispose one to infections of the skin, for example warts and tinea. “Eczema and rashes occur more often in people with hyperhidrosis.” Dr. Dianne.
Heavy sweating will also cause your body to lose the valuable fluids and electrolytes in the system.
‘…a daily sweat is good for your body and good for your emotional wellness.’
– Loretta Lanphier, N.P.
‘A pint of sweat saves a gallon of blood.’
– George S. Patton.
‘Sweat, sweat, sweat! Work and sweat, cry and sweat,pray and sweat!’
– Zora Neale Hurston.