Sweat It Off: The Health Benefits of Sweating

Nov 23, 2015 10:12 AM EST | By abbie uychiat

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May it be at the sauna, the gym, on the basketball court, running, or yoga, these activities actually do a lot for your body and for your skin. Most individuals would usually be disgusted by sweat. One would often feel sticky and uncomfortable, but who would have thought that sweating has numerous health benefits?

According to Healthy Food Solution, sweat is actually the body's way to naturally cool the whole system. It is being controlled by the body's central nervous system which means that there's no way for an individual to actually prevent it. Uncomfortable as it may seem, sweating is actually important for the whole nervous system.

When the body temperature rises (when the body feels hot), the nervous system would trigger the sweat glands to release sweat, hence cooling the body and keeping it at a normal temperature. Overheating is very crucial because it can lead to serious damage towards the vital organs.

Sweating also stimulates detoxification, which means that sweating is a good way of removing toxins from the body. Harmful toxins are released from the body through sweating, so it's the human body's way of cleansing.

A recent study that was conducted came into conclusion that "in sweat secreted from the human body are found many toxic substances, and because of this nowadays is increasingly being popularized the use of induced sweating as natural methods of removing toxins from the body."

Through sweating, toxins such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, and even mercury can be eliminated from the body.

Medical Daily then added that sweating is actually a good way to release endorphins as it makes the body feel good. A study that was published in the journal Biology Letters stated that group workouts "increase endorphin levels and cause less pain".

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