People say that if you don’t break a sweat, you aren’t working hard enough. But did you know sweat actually has other ways it keeps you fit and healthy?
Here are some amazing (and surprising) health benefits of sweating, and why it’s good for you:
Regulates your body temperature – as the water evaporates from the skin surface, it has a cooling effect which helps to bring down the temperature in hot situations.
Fights off illness – salty and slightly acidic sweat is the perfect place for natural antibiotics or antimicrobial peptides to grow, which are effective in fighting against bacteria and also viruses like the common cold.
Detoxifies your body – when you sweat, the body flushes out cholesterol and salt, as well as many toxins including alcohol.
Cleanses your skin – toxins and buildup that can get clogged in your pores are actually flushed out when you sweat, preventing pimples and other blemishes.
Keeps your kidneys healthy – when you sweat you are limiting the build up of excess salt and calcium in the kidneys and urine. When you sweat you also end up drinking more water to replace fluids and keep hydrated, meaning you are flushing your kidneys and preventing kidney stones.
Gives you strong bones – sweat gets rid of any excess salt in the body, helping your bones to stay healthy and retain much needed calcium that makes your bones strong.
So don’t just think of sweat as an annoying and uncomfortable thing that happens when you’re hot, but more as an amazing part of the body and its functions, keeping everything healthy and running smoothly.