Don’t Sweat The Sweat

Female Jogger on Coleman Avunue in Morro Bay, CA 5-2-07 - Photo by Mike Baird http://bairdphotos.com Canon 20D 100-400mm IS lens handheld from an outrigger canoe.

We are no stranger to sweating… It’s a natural bodily function that begins just shortly after we are born. It’s the body’s mechanism to aid in cooling down during warm temperatures, exercise, and stressful situations. But sweat isn’t only limited to the aforementioned situations – sweating is actually one of the healthiest things for your body, so don’t be embarrassed about your sweat – it’s a sign of good things happening inside your body!

1. Above all things, sweat is one of the most effective ways of the body to remove toxins. Your body can become clogged with sugar, salt (and sometimes alcohol) and sweating is right on par with a juice cleanse! It can also help to eliminate BPA from our system. One of our favorite, sweatiest workouts is during a spin class, especially one taught by The Tasteful Pantry owner, Jennifer Wang! So if you went a bit overboard during the weekend, go get your sweat on Monday morning.

2. Sweat is actually a natural antibiotic! It contains a naturally occurring antimicrobial peptide called dermcidin, that is known to kill germs and other invaders. Now, we’re not suggesting to drink your sweat (yuck!) but any small cuts or bug bites on the skin can be protected naturally by your own sweat.

3. It may be hard to believe, but sweating can help to ease pain in the body. Sweating stimulates the production of endorphins in the body, which is a natural pain killer. So if you have a stiff neck, or a pain in your shoulder, go ahead and take advantage of your favorite way to sweat out the pain.

4. In a bad mood? Sweating and exercise are one of the best mood enhancers! After a workout, endorphins are released, and your brain creates dopamine, which is a chemical that stimulates the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. . So if you’re feeling blue, run, lift or jump your way into good cheer.

5. Sweating is the best acne treatment. Whether it’s full-on acne or just a zit, sweating helps to open and unclog pores to release dirt and oil. But be sure to wash your face shortly after! If you allow sweat to remain on your face, it can be reabsorbed into your pores.

6. If this list hasn’t given you the urge to get up and move yet, there’s another benefit to add to the list – sweating can lower your risk of kidney stones! Those who drink a lot of water and are regular exercisers flush their systems more efficiently and therefore lower their risk of kidney stones. Sweating out the salt regularly helps your body retain salt in your bones, rather than it combining with calcium and turning into “stones” in the kidneys. Just be sure to stay hydrated as you’re sweating!

So the next time you’re working out or just sweating through a hot day, there’s no need to be embarrassed about it. You can relax a bit knowing that there are some healthy side effects going on….then grab a towel 🙂

What’s your favorite way to sweat?

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