Everyone sweats. Some try to avoid it while others embrace it. Some even actively induce it by training in high-intensity situations. While sweat’s relationship with body odor and awkwardly wet clothing may be overemphasized, not everyone is fully aware of the great benefits sweat brings to our wellness.
The body sweats from two different glands: eccrine and apocrine.
Sweat comes pouring out of eccrine glands when our body temperature rises. The body uses its mixture of water, sodium, and even a touch of urea to regulate body temperature.
Apocrine glands, on the other hand, kick in when the body experiences stress, anxiety or wild hormones. These glands also put out bacteria, which causes the unfavorable smell and also encourages deodorant.
People can sweat up to 14 liters per day and have 4 million sweat glands. Actually, despite popular belief, fit people actually start sweating earlier and easier; their body is more efficient at regulating body temperature.
Benefits of Sweating
1. Sweat Detoxifies
Sweating flushes problematic substances like alcohol, cholesterol, and salt from our body. The journal Archives of Environmental and Contamination Toxicology published a study that showed toxic elements appear to be excreted through sweat. They concluded sweating could be an excellent potential method for expelling toxins from our body. They also found so many toxins coming out in sweat, they even suggested using it as a method for toxin testing rather than urine.
2. Sweat Heals
Sweat helps fight off dangerous pathogens and even tuberculosis germs. Sweat contains tiny, anti-microbial “peptides” that fight off dangerous bugs; a peptide is a chain of amino acids. The National Academy of Sciences found one peptide, dermcidin, is particularly effective and is even more effective than traditional antibiotics because germs cannot quickly develop a resistance to them.
Also, not sweating regularly can cause serious problems and may even be linked to heat hives or Cholinergic Urticaria.
3. Sweat Makes Us Happy
Everyone has heard it before: exercise pumps out endorphins, and endorphins make people happy. That endorphin creation is actually closely related particularly to exercise that induces sweat. So, the body has to work for those endorphins. Thankfully, researchers have found that working out in a group actually increases the endorphin output while decreasing the pain required for the gain.
Tips on How to Sweat Well
At times, all this good sweat can be difficult to manage; consider these tips for your next sweat session on the treadmill.
- Sweat-wicking clothes work. Also, wear clothes that are not skin tight and encourage air flow.
- Long hair? Put it up. Keep the neck and face free from hair to allow the sweat to dry and the body to cool. Bangs? Try a headband.
- The body can’t sweat if it doesn’t have water. Hydrate. Don’t know how to hydrate? Use these guidelines.
- Clean up first. That’s right wash your hands and face before working out to allow the sweat to flow freely from your pores.