Published on January 23rd, 2017 | by Catherine Tingey0
The Power of SWEAT!
The Power of Sweat!
WHAT IS IT?
+ a brew of water with small amounts of sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, chromium, nickel and lead
+ can contain a natural antibiotic (dermcidin)
+ can contain trace amounts of toxins such as heavy metals (cadmium and lead), and environmental chemicals (BPA, phthalates, organopesticides). They are found in higher concentrations in sweat than in urine.
Sweat itself isn’t stinky; it’s the bacteria on the skin’s surface interacting with sweat that produces a smell.
With over 2.6 million sweat glands in the body, the skin is known as the ‘3rd kidney’ – an uber-efficient cooling mechanism to keep our brains and vital organs at a happy temperature of about 98.6.
WHY WE NEED IT?
Depending on your perspective, sweating can be a mere perfunctory mechanism of the body, or a euphoric and detoxifying wellness experience.
Native Americans used sweat lodges for ceremonial worship, prayer and to amplify dialogue with the spirit world.
Regardless of your view, most can agree that sweating:
+ increases blood circulation
+ detoxifies the skin (and can help to clear mild acne)
+ boosts endorphins
Did you know that high mercury levels in the body have even been found to lower with regular sauna use?
Simply put, if you make a goal to sweat each day by increasing your heart rate or spending 10-15 minutes in a sauna, your body will be tremendously thankful to you.