4 reasons to break a sweat
Why drink all these juices for cleanse if you already have your natural, powerful, built-in system for detoxification? It is called sweat. Doctors, health experts, and fitness gurus recommend that we break a sweat every day, whether you’re working out, sitting in a sauna, or walking on a warm day. And there is a good reason for that. Not only sweating is great because it’s a result of health-boosting exercise, but the act of sweating itself heals the body as well. Sweating is a necessary body’s function with powerful healing effects.
A lot of studies say about great detoxifying abilities of sweat, which plays an essential role in our body’s natural detox function by clearing out a range of toxins.
1. Persistent organic pollutants (solvents, fumigants, and insecticides)
A clinical study found that sweat samples of 20 participants contained a range of toxins, including pesticides DDT/DDE, endosulfan, methoxychlor, and endrin. That fact shows that sweating is an effective way of diminishing your body’s toxic amounts.
2. Phthalates (plasticizer)
Found in plastic products, phthalate is another toxic chemical that is removed through sweat. In a study researchers evaluated blood, sweat, and urine samples from 20 people, and discovered that all subjects had a common phthalate – mono (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (MEHP) – in each of the samples. The concentrations of this compound in sweat were more than twice as high as urine levels, showing that sweating is probably the most effective way of ridding your body of this compound which disrupts endocrine.
3. Heavy metals
One study found that when compared to urine, sweat contained about 24 times more cadmium, 19 times more nickel, 16 times more lead, and almost 3 times more aluminum. Overall, sweat was more effective than urine at removing 14 out of the 18 heavy metals studied. It also contained larger quantities of 16 out of the 18 metals than the blood samples did. Of all the metals, there were the highest concentrations of aluminum, zinc, copper and nickel in sweat.
4. Bisphenol A (BPA)
BPA is an endocrine-disrupting toxin found in canned foods and plastic water bottles, among other things. Researchers examined the blood, urine, and sweat of 20 participants for BPA. Sixteen of the 20 sweat samples collected contained BPA, while only 14 urine and 2 blood samples tested positive for the toxin. This reveals that sweat is the most effective way of removing BPA build-up in the body.
There are a host of activities you can do to break a sweat. You will get sweaty doing the majority of exercises and sports: running/brisk walking, swimming, Bikram yoga, tennis, basketball, etc. Spending time in a sauna is another, but low impact option.
Remember that that hydration is very important to maximize the health benefits stated above. Sweating has powerful effects on your health, but not hydrating properly during and after sweating will lead to a number of separate health problems. To determine how much water you need to drink, weigh yourself directly before and after sweating – the weight lost is the amount of water you should drink after to rehydrate yourself.
Sweat also contains minerals that are essential to keep your body functioning optimally. That’s why after activities where you sweat excessively, it’s important to replace the minerals lost, especially zinc, copper, selenium, chromium, and potassium. Coconut water is a great source of potassium, and nuts, seafood, whole grains, and legumes generally contain relatively high levels of zinc, copper, selenium and chromium.