We’ve all been in that situation when we forget to use our ordinary antiperspirant in the morning. And as we go through the daily activities, we know that we’re going to sweat and probably release that unpleasant smell. Be it sweaty hands, feet, face or the usual sweat in underarms – perspiration is generally not loved among people. Embarrassing as it might be, there are also some sweating benefits that science proved them to be true.
Sweating occurs because our body has millions of glands that excrete water, salt, and other substances that tend to tell us a lot about our health. There are two types of sweat glands – eccrine and apocrine. The eccrine sweat glands are present all over the body and on the soles of the feet. Whereas the apocrine sweat glands are present in the armpits, the nipples, ears, eyelids, and groin area. These glands activate after we reach puberty and they usually develop odors after being exposed to bacteria.
When sweat glands activate they bring the water along with the body’s salt to the surface of the skin as sweat. It’s through sweating that we come to know our body has a built-in mechanism for keeping cool. All in all, we can say that sweating is another natural way of our body to promote wellness, therefore is beneficial for our health.
However, we should also consider that excessive sweating doesn’t boost our health and might lead to dehydration.
1. Regulates Body Temperature
We’ve learned it in school that sweating helps our body’s temperature to cool down and stay within its constant range. When sweat glands activate, they bring the water along with the body’s salt to the surface of the skin as sweat. Then after this water is out on the skin surface through pores, it evaporates and this results to cool down our body heat. Thanks to the sweat evaporation, we don’t overheat during intense workouts.
2. Maintains Kidney Health
According to a study from the University of Washington, sweating is an efficient way to maintain your kidneys healthy. Excessive production of the salt and calcium can form kidney stones over time, but sweating helps to balance this production and prevent these stones from being formed. Instead, because of the sweat calcium will remain in our bones. It is no strange that people who exercise tend to sweat more and that is why they drink more water and other liquids, which is another way that helps to prevent stones from being formed in our kidney.
3. Rids Toxins out of Body
Another way to detox your body without following any diet is through sweat. According to a study that was done in 2011 induced sweating can help our body to flush out pollutants and other toxins. You don’t need to be an athlete and run a marathon to get rid of toxins, even sweating during light exercises at home helps. Hitting the gym time to time is the best option after all.
4. Takes Care of Skin
According to many dermatologists sweating helps our skin to look at its best, and we’re not talking here about face scrubs. This because sweating opens up and unclogs the pores, which helps to release all the buildup inside them. It is also crucial to wash your face during the day, especially if you play sport or workout, as all of the dirt that is released when you sweat, accumulates on the surface of your skin. According to HowStuffWorks sweating contains a natural antibiotic which helps to kill bacteria on the skin’s surface. Zits and acne are reduced and our skin’s natural and healthy glow is apparent when we constantly sweat.
5. Prevents Colds And Other Illnesses
The same natural antibiotic that is called dermcidin according to a study done in Germany helps the body to prevent cold and other illnesses. The role of dermcidin is bigger as it has proven to fight not only tuberculosis but also germs in our body. Another study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that the natural substances that are released during sweating are actually more effective in the long-term than traditional antibiotics.
Now that you know the health benefits of sweating, it’s time for you to do something that induces perspiration. Be it during a workout at the gym, visiting a sauna time to time, dancing or jogging around your house – time has come to go and break a sweat!