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PERSPIRE.

I’ve talked before about the benefits of sweating it out in our sauna but how about just sweating in general! Sweating in offers some impressive benefits. Relief from hot flashes, lowered risk of heart attack, and better recovery times are just a few of the advantages. True, some of us find sweating takes effort and is even a little unpleasant, but the health benefits of sweating are worth getting hot and sticky over!

What Is Sweat? It seems like a basic question, but sweating is more complicated than it looks. Each of us has about 4 million sweat glands that excrete a mixture of water, salt, amino acids, proteins, and other substances. The exact composition varies based on our hormone balance, physiological changes, and what bacteria and viruses are in the body.

Interestingly, sweat composition and how our glands function (or don’t) tell a lot about our health and are even used to diagnose certain conditions like cystic fibrosis.

Why Do We Sweat? There are several reasons why we perspire. The body uses sweat to regulate temperature and cool the body during times of stress. This can be due to anxiety, elevated body temperature (like fever or in a sauna) or just the positive stress of working out. Sweat is also an effective detox pathway for heavy metals and toxins.

Not convinced yet? Here are 11 AMAZING BENEFITS TO PERSPIRATION THAT DONT STINK!

True, some of us find sweating takes effort and is even a little unpleasant, but the health benefits of sweating are worth getting hot and sticky over!

What Is Sweat?

It seems like a basic question, but sweating is more complicated than it looks. Each of us has about 4 million sweat glands that excrete a mixture of water, salt, amino acids, proteins, and other substances. The exact composition varies based on our hormone balance, physiological changes, and what bacteria and viruses are in the body.

Interestingly, sweat composition and how our glands function (or don’t) tell a lot about our health and are even used to diagnose certain conditions like cystic fibrosis.

Why Do We Sweat?

There are several reasons why we perspire. The body uses sweat to regulate temperature and cool the body during times of stress. This can be due to anxiety, elevated body temperature (like fever or in a sauna) or just the positive stress of working out. Sweat is also an effective detox pathway for heavy metals and toxins.

Not convinced yet!? Here are 11 amazing reasons to come sweat it out with us at PERSPIRE!

#1 Detoxes Heavy Metals

#2 Helps the Body Remove BPA, PCBs, and other Endocrine Disruptors

#3 Defeats Harmful Microbes

#4 Promotes Healthier Skin

#5 Lowers Stress Hormone

#6 Helps Protect The Heart

#7 Speeds Up Muscle Recovery and healing time from Injuries

#8 Decreases Risk of Alzheimer’s

#9 Boost Sexual Drive & Attraction

#10 Releives Menopause Symptoms

#11 Lowers Risk Of Kidney Stones

Sooooo Why Do Some People Sweat More (Or Less)???

Here are a few interesting FACTS:

Even though sweating is a free and easy way to boost health, we don’t all sweat the same. Here are some reasons why the amount we sweat might vary:

  • Men vs. Women – A study of both male and female athletes found that men tend to sweat more than their female counterparts. (I think we all knew that already!) The study found this is because the men had significantly more muscle mass, so their bodies had to work harder to cool.
  • Weight – Similarly, people who carry extra weight around sweat more.
  • Toxicity – People who have more of a toxic load tend to sweat more, since their body is working overtime to eliminate the toxins.
  • Hyperhidrosis – Some people sweat 4-5 times what a normal person does. This condition is called hyperhidrosis and is thought to be primarily triggered by infection, medications, overactive nerves due to genetics, or hypothyroid.
  • Tattoos – One side effect of getting inked? Losing more sodium and electrolytes in tattoo covered areas. This probably won’t affect someone with a small tattoo here or there, but suggests significant ink over large areas of the body impedes the health benefits of sweating significantly.