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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 December 9, 2019

          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

          Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

          Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

          1. Get Rationally Optimistic

          Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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          This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

          In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

          The result: no more mental stress.

          2. Unplug

          Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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          How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

          It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

          Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

          3. Easy on the Caffeine

          Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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          Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

          4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

          That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

          How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

          • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
          • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
          • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

          While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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          5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

          This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

          The result: mental stress will be gone!

          So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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