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Monday, February 2, 2015
Sweat or Glisten?
Are there health benefits to sweating? An article in the New York Times said no, not beyond the function of keeping the body from overheating.
Of course, why believe the NYT when there is so much information on the internet. Like this list from HERE. Why sweat?
1) Sweating cools your body. It’s a built in ventilation system.
2) It improves your skin’s elasticity and tone. You’ll look younger!
3) It improves blood flow. Your circulation gets a boost.
4) It has a great detoxifying effect. Sweat helps to push out “junk” from your lymph system, liver, blood, etc.
5) It improves digestion and helps eliminate constipation. What goes in should come out within 24 hours.
6) Sweating rids the body of pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals we breath in. Yes, it’s detoxing (point 4), but worth mentioning on its own.
7) Sweating boosts your endorphins. You’ll be happier.
8) It’s a natural antibiotic! That’s right, sweat can actually kill bacteria that can cause infection through antimicrobial peptides.
9) Sweat naturally elevates your “bad ass” level. When you finish a yoga class or run all sweaty and hot, you look like you’ve earned your stripes.
10) It helps you relax. Keep calm and carry on.
I am not a scientist, of course, but it does seem to me that most of these listed benefits would be attributed to the exercise, not the sweat, just as the NYT article suggests. There is something appealing about thinking that toxins are being flushed out with sweat. I don't know if it is true, but I would like it to be.
I was interested because I have been taking hot yoga. There is something addicting about it--those endorphins--but, good grief, it does involve some heavy duty sweating. I am getting marginally more flexible, but if I thought bad stuff was washing out as I exercised, I'd be even more motivated.
Actually, what I was really researching was whether it was possible for my brain to be melting and leaking out all my pores. I really cannot pass myself off as "glistening" after a hot yoga class. I think this is something that deserves more research.