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10 Amazing Benefits of Sweating You Didn’t Know

10 Amazing Benefits of Sweating You Didn’t Know

We learned about it in health class…sweat is the physical evidence that we have a built in air conditioner.  Our P.E. teachers seemed determined to push us to sweat in hot gyms and outdoor playgrounds; we were then advised to replenish with liquids so that our system could function properly.  And THAT is the extent of what most of us learned about perspiring.  In the celebration of ongoing education, it’s time to truly understand the amazing benefits of sweating.

1.  You didn’t know sweat glands help heal wounds?

For the last few years, more and more research has been done on eccrine sweat glands which exist in the millions on our skin.  At the University of Michigan, researcher Laure Rittie is discovering that these glands host an important reservoir of adult stem cells which aid in the process of wound closures.  “By identifying a key process of wound closure, we can examine drug therapies with a new target in mind: sweat glands, which are very under-studied,” Rittié says. “We’re hoping this will stimulate research in a promising, new direction.”

2.  Amazing benefit of toxin release

What exactly happens when we sweat it out?  It’s true…we literally release toxins from our system using sweat as the conduit.  Experts agree that we mainly release excess salt, cholesterol and alcohol. Which means that a sweaty work-out will de-bloat us, clean our clogged arteries and help with a hang-over?    Johnny Cash and skateboarders take this theory for a RIDE.

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3.  Sweating as an antibiotic

Who needs antibacterial ointment when sweat spreads highly efficient antibiotics on to our skin!  If our skin is wounded by a small cut, a scratch, or the sting of a mosquito,  secreted in , such as dermcidin, rapidly and efficiently kill invaders.

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    4.  The enemy of kidney stones is an amazing sweat benefit

    Its pain has been dubbed worse than childbirth!  Avoiding kidney stones should be a goal for anyone who imbibes in too much of a high fat, high salt diet and has difficulty “flushing” their bladder on a regular basis due to their schedule. Research shows that regular exercisers and dedicated water drinkers flush their system more efficiently and help to control the onset of kidney stones.  Sweating during exercise causes the body to demand more hydration which in turn keeps the kidneys flushed.

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      5.  Regular physical training produces amazing sweat glands

      In the grand fight against ill health and obesity, we’re pushing ourselves into whole new arenas of training.  5Ks, marathons, IronMenWomen competitions demand intense and regular training sessions.  Fortunately, our body’s incredible anticipation of these sessions allows it to begin cooling earlier as well increasing the actual size of sweat glands to keep up with body’s needs.  Evaporating Wonders

      6.  Pollutants and the amazing sweating benefit of cleansing

      When BPA and DEHP were introduced to our environment with modern industry, we were unable to determine its impact on our health.  All agree now that having these chemicals in our systems is detrimental to our health.  Remarkably, our amazing sweat glands tend to be one of the ways our body rids itself of these and other dangerous pollutants.  Even when not detected in blood or urine, our sweat has shown potential to effectively eliminate BPA from our system.

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      7.  Sweating is happy juice for the brain

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        The proof is in the smiles after the sweat!  Believe it!  Exercise puts you in a better mood. But before you think that tiny dumb bells or casual walks can give you happiness, be aware that you have to SWEAT with heavier weight training or anaerobic exertion to get the real benefit.  Your endorphin level is unique and it will be through trial and error to find the right kind of physical activity that will induce your very own brain “opiates” and get you hooked on feeling the “rush” after sweating it out.

        8.  Pain, pain go away

        Those exercise endorphins not only stimulate your brain’s mood enhancers, they also are natural pain relievers.  Who knew that a run around the block or a dance class could help relieve aches and pains?  As noted by sports medicine physician, Dr. James Ting of Hoag Orthopedic Institute, “Exercise stimulates neurochemical pathways in the brain, resulting in the production of endorphins that act as natural painkillers.”  As the body becomes accustomed to this relief and your overall fitness improves, you may find yourself reaching less for the aspirin and more for your sneakers.

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        9.  The Zit Hit is an amazing sweat benefit

        We were supposed to be done with the “zit hits” after puberty but like a bad penny, they keep showing up as we journey through hormonal changes throughout adulthood.  Sweat to the rescue!  By opening up your pores, the perspiration process helps them release the grit and grime that holds in bacteria which as we all know, leads to ZITS.  Don’t be lazy, though.  Getting all the yuck out onto your skin’s surface means it has to be washed off.  Don’t encourage its re-entry by leaving it lying around!

        10.  Sweating as our personal HVAC system

        It was mentioned before that our past P.E. teachers kept us “sweating to the oldies” and then dashing for liquids.  As we go through our day, our bodies adapt to temperature changes in our environments.  Perhaps you’ve dealt with cold offices, hot automobile interiors, MENOPAUSE, etc. and wonder if your personal HVAC system is out of whack?  Regular exercise, which keeps our sweat glands in tip top shape, help our bodies regulate its temperature more easily in these modern society environments.

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          Last Updated on September 28, 2020

          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

          At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

          Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

          One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

          When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

          So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

          Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

          This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

          Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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          When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

          Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

          One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

          Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

          An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

          When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

          Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

          Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

          We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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          By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

          Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

          While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

          I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

          You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

          Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

          When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

          Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

          Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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          Con #2: Less Human Interaction

          One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

          Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

          Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

          This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

          While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

          Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

          Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

          This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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          For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

          Con #4: Unique Distractions

          Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

          For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

          To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

          Final Thoughts

          Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

          We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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