5 Sweet Benefits of Sweat
During these boiling days of summer it doesn’t take long to break a sweat. Walk from the front door to the car, SWEAT. Barbecue in the backyard, SWEAT. Check the mail, SWEAT.
Makeup running, back of your legs sticking to chairs, clothes moist, hair damp. Feels awesome.
Sweat is made up of water, salts, and proteins. Surprisingly sweat actually does not have an odor. The lovely aroma known as BO actually is a result of sweat mixing with bacteria on the skin.
Your body has at least 2 million sweat glands and the average person sweats about 4 cups per day!
Physical activity, excessive heat, and adrenaline are the main causes of sweat. The obvious purpose of sweating is to regulate body temperature but there are several other benefits as well!
- Good Skin
When you sweat your pores are opened allowing dirt and toxins to be released. It can also help protect your skin against bacteria and the water is hydrating. Just be sure to wash that grime off your face to prevent pimples and blemishes.
- Improves Mood
Ever notice those happy feelings you get after a good workout? Sure part of it is probably the satisfaction of knowing you just did your body a whole lot of good but another reason could be the temperature activated sensors in the brain that control mood, as well as levels of stress hormones being lowered. Sweating also stimulates endorphin activity in the brain which can act as a natural pain reliever.
3. Natural Detox
Sweating purges the body of toxins, heavy metals, alcohol, and cholesterol. Sweat is also believed to contain microbials that can fight off colds and infections.
4. Decreases Risk of Kidney Stones
Sweating regularly rids the body of excess salts which can lower your risk of developing kidney stones. Those who live a consistently active lifestyle also tend to drink more water which cleanses and flushes the entire system.
5. Sexual Attraction
You might not feel your sexiest when your drenched in sweat but believe it or not your body is producing odorless pheromones which the brain subconsciously notices. Pheromones are part of a natural ‘mating dance’ and you might notice your significant other finding you irresistible after you’ve finished a good workout.