Perspiration or sweating as it’s commonly known as, has been a natural process all of our bodies go through. Our body sweats to stay cool.
Before we go into more ‘sweaty’ facts, let’s take a brief look at the human anatomy. Humans have two types of sweat glands – eccrine and apocrine. Eccrine glands can be found throughout your body while apocrine is located in your armpits, head scalp and genital area. We have anywhere between 2 to 5 million sweat glands in our body. While women generally have more sweat glands than men, our glands are less active and produce lesser sweat than men.
Now that we’ve caught up on sweat glands, let’s look at the benefits of sweating:
Cools Your Body
As your body temperature rises – either because of exercise or external temperature – the glands will automatically produce sweat to cool your body down.
Kills Bacteria and Viruses
We are often told that you can control a high fever by sweating. By cooling your body, sweat actually kills viruses and bacteria that cannot survive in cooler body temperatures.
Helps Reduce Weight
Sweating helps you reduce water content in your body. After all, sweat is nothing but water mixed with salts.
Lifts Your Spirits
You may wonder how sweating makes you feel better but here’s the thing. Prolonged sweating after exercise or sauna can increase the level of endorphins in your body. Endorphins are hormones that are known to elevate your mood and make you feel better.
Cleans Skin Pores
You read that correctly! The salty discharge from your glands actually cleans up skin pores. This helps eliminate acne, blemishes and even blackheads on a long-term basis. Sweating also plays a huge role in healing skin wounds.
Detoxifies Your Body
Sweating basically flushes out the excess and keeps just the necessary minerals needed. It is a natural detoxifier.
Protects Your Kidneys
Too much salt in our bodies causes calcium to form stones in our kidneys. By sweating out excess salt, you are in turn protecting yourself from kidney stones.