Sweat Sweat Sweat
While most of us assume that sweating during a workout or in a sauna may be good for us, my hunch is that most of us don’t know why.
The fact is, sweating is one of the best ways to remove toxins from our body and medical research can actually explain how this happens.
What does the science say about removing these risks to our health through our sweat pores?
Sweating can help eliminate phthalates
Phthalates are used in plastic toys, cooking utensils, fragrances, nail polish, cosmetics and paints. Researchers in Canada examined blood, urine and sweat concentrations of various phthalates in 20 people. They found that the concentration of these chemicals was twice as high in sweat as in urine and suggested that perspiration may help eliminate of some toxic compounds.
Sweating can help eliminate BPA
Bisphenol A (BPA) is widely used to make clear plastics but is also used in cash register receipts, water pipes, electronics, and eyeglass lenses. This compound has been known for years to have estrogenic properties and exposure to it has been linked to obesity, early puberty, sexual dysfunction, miscarriage. The same group of Canadian researchers found BPA in the sweat of 80% of subjects tested. Some of these people had no detectable levels in their blood or urine, which suggests that sweat was the best way to excrete stored bisphenol A.
Sweating can help eliminate heavy metals
The heavy metals arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury are confirmed or suspected carcinogens and are toxic in all sorts of ways to your body. They are known to harm the heart, brain, kidney, and immunological systems. Heavy metals are present in water, food, dental amalgams, cigarettes, and industrial emissions. Studies show sweat can concentrate arsenic up to 10 times more than blood, cadmium up to 25 times more than blood, lead up to 300 times more than blood, and mercury somewhat more than blood, leading to effective elimination.
Sweating has been considered a therapy since the Roman baths, Aboriginal sweat lodges, Scandinavian saunas, and Turkish baths.
Recently, infrared saunas have become available that are cooler than other saunas but penetrate the skin deeper to promote sweating and toxin excretion.
Whether you engage in a good workout, hot yoga, or just want to relax in the sauna or steam room- Sweating on a regular basis is an integral part of whole body detoxification and is highly recommended! And believe me, you’ll feel so good; you will have to do it again and again!
*Don’t forget to stay hydrated! For every pound of weight lost during sweat, remember to drink an additional 16 ounces of water! You may even want to add back some electrolytes via powder, capsule or a low sugar coconut water!