We’ve been sharing the secrets to a healthy detox, from prepping for the week with healthy food to what to eliminate from your diet to stay well. We’ve got more up our sleeves as we roll out the top advice for making you your healthiest yet. Now, let’s focus on sweat. Yes, it may make you nervous in an important meeting - do I have sweat stains under my arms? - but sweating is an important part of your body’s processes. Here’s why, and here’s how to get your sweat on.
Why Your Body Needs to Sweat
Your body’s way of releasing toxins
Sweating is your body’s way of releasing toxins, such as heavy metals you are exposed to in the food that you eat, and chemicals that get in through the air that you breathe. This study showed a high concentration of heavy metals in the perspiration of research participants (compared with urine), suggesting sweat as a means for reducing the body’s toxic load.
Sweating also helps clear the lymphatic system, which supports your immune system. It helps ensure there aren’t toxic blockages in the lymph nodes, which can affect your overall health.
Opens up pores
In spite of your rigorous cleansing, your skin’s pores are holding on to dirt and grime. Sweating is an amazing way to open up the pores and deeply cleanse the skin towards greater skin tone and clarity (goodbye acne).
Sweat is a natural antimicrobial
Getting sweaty from head to toe actually makes you a superhero, with the superpower of fighting germs so they don’t enter your body. Yes, research shows that sweat is a natural antimicrobial. Sweat contains dermicidin, an antibiotic that has been shown to fight tuberculosis and other dangerous bugs.
So now that we’ve convinced you that sweat is good for you, what are the best ways to get your sweat on?
You should be moving to produce a sweat at least 20 minutes, 3 times a week;
Hit the sauna - our infrared sauna is a therapeutic way to get sweaty;
In a pinch, allow the face to sweat by filling a basin with boiling water and hang your head over top with a towel draped around you.
Sweating is a natural part of ridding your body of toxins, and is therefore essential to any detox plan. Let us know when you want to jump in the sauna!
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