11 Amazing Benefits of Sweating

If you are like most people, you probably dislike the notion of excessive sweating. However, did you know that sweating has important benefits on your health, and is one of the biochemical regulators of overall homeostasis?

If you’ve never truly stopped to appreciate all that sweating does for you, after reading this article you’ll be happy to get your sweat on.

What Is Sweat Exactly?

Sweat isn’t merely water, but is actually a very technical mixture that comprises of other salts, amino acids, waste material and other compounds.

The exact composition of your sweat varies and depending on overall health, use of medications or supplements, level of hydration and other factors such as hormonal health. So here are the amazing health benefits of sweating.

1. Helps Regulate Body Temperature

Do you think it is a mere coincidence that as the place gets hotter and your body temperature rises, in like fashion that you also sweat more? No, this isn’t some chance occurrence, but actually the body’s way to regulate temperature homeostasis. The act of sweating coats the skin with the watery mixture, which upon evaporation cools the body. Sweating is necessary to prevent overheating that could damage important organs that are temperature sensitive.

2. Helps Mitigate Symptoms Of Menopause

Menopause occurs with several frustrating symptoms, including the ever present hot flash. Hot flashes are characterized by intense bouts of heat occurring over the body that may also result in profuse sweating. Of course, as previously alluded to, sweating is a necessary mechanism to cool the body and ease the discomfort of hot flashes. In fact, exercise that actively increases the heart rate and promote sweating can be used as an effective tool to help prevent hot flashes from happening in the first place.

3. Promotes Elimination Of Heavy Metals

Heavy metals are amongst the most toxic substances on earth, including the likes of mercury, cadmium, lead and arsenic.

These metals are not easy to remove from the body, but luckily sweating helps to get rid of small quantities of these toxins.

This is especially important in cities with high levels of industrial waste contamination, where accumulation of these heavy metals and exposure is a serious health concern. A study was even conducted in Chinese residents that found that those who exercise more and in turn sweat more, had measurably lower levels of these toxic heavy metals in their blood.

4. Supports Skin Health

Did you ever think that sweat was the body’s way of producing natural moisturizer? Yes, as it turns out sweat can help reduce excessive moisture loss from cells, by itself acting as a weak barrier from drying out.

But it also has many other functions. The surface of your skin also has probiotic bacteria residing, which can sometimes feed on sweat for nourishment. Higher levels of these natural probiotic bacteria means better defense against opportunistic pathogens, and can also reduce the likelihood of skin infections occurring.

5. Sweating Helps Remove Synthetic Endocrine Disruptors

We are exposed to a large number of synthetic estrogen -like compounds daily, which can adversely affect hormonal health, especially of men. The most popular of these pseudo-estrogens would have to be BPA, a compound commonly found in plastics.

This compound can also be stored in the body, not removed any other way except via sweat. This is why promoting natural sweating is the only way to get rid of this toxin from your body, and often advised.

6. Supports Heart Health

Did you not know that sweating helps to support the health of your heart? While sweating usually accompanies some form of exercise, which is excellent for the heart, it actually lends it support in an independent manner.

For one, the increase in body temperature that stimulates sweating usually results in dilation of blood vessels, which reduces blood pressure and kick start blood flow. Blood travels faster in an effort to get rid of excess heat from the body, which improves the pumping efficiency of the heart. In addition to this, a study was done which found that regular use of sauna facilities resulted in the same benefit on the heart added to the fact that it is great for stress relief.

7. Reduces Risk Of Kidney Stones

Although the two may not seem related, sweating can actually help to lower your risk of developing kidney stones, especially when generated from exercise. Sweating can promote the excretion of excessive sodium ions, and in addition to this also helps direct blood calcium into bone, and not to be stored in the kidney as calcium oxalate stones.

8. Can Boost Your Sexual Attractiveness

Sweat is said to possess a primitive hormone-like substance called a pheromone, which is said to be able to attract the opposite sex. While for the most part these scents are unrecognizable to the nose, our brains are said to notice it on a deeper level. In addition to this, the pheromones are said boost confidence and focus in men, making them more attractive in the eyes of women.

Turns out, that manly smell you notice after the gym is good for something after all.

7. Reduces The Risk Of Acne Flare-ups

While it is commonly believed that excessive sweating promotes the development of acne pimples, in reality the opposite is true. Acne pimples occur as a result of follicles getting blocked with dirt, and subsequently microbial overgrowth.

If you think about it, sweating is actually the ideal remedy. Pores open up in an effort to cool the body, and combined with outflow of sweat, most pores are likely to be flushed clean.

However, profuse sweating that makes you feel like you just came out the shower isn’t the best way to avoid acne pimples, as a constant state of moisture on the skin increases the likelihood of fungal infections developing.

10. Promotes Healing Of Wounds

Who would ever think that sweat can help to heal a wound? However, as science is constantly evolving, our understanding of such things continue to grow. It turns out that sweat glands contain stem cells, which are released in sweat and can travel to the location of an injury to expedite the closure of a wound.

In addition to this, faster recovery also means diminished appearance of scars, and reduced reliance on drug therapy.

11. Sweating Releases Endorphins

Have you ever thought about why you sweat? Often times it is in response to physical activity, or being exposed to extreme temperatures. However, the body doesn’t always differentiate the different causes of sweating, and often initiates the release of endorphins, chemicals found in the brain that promote positive mood and a sense of well-being.

This is one reason why conditions associated with sweating often deliver analgesic/euphoric actions. Exercise, for example, stimulates the production of endorphins and is attributed to an extent on the sweating it causes.

Conclusion

Sweating has important roles to play in the body and on your overall health, so you should not excessively attempt to avoid sweat at all costs. The use of antiperspirant medications on areas of the body that they should not be used is not advised either, as these blocked pores will reduce sweat output.

This can subsequently cause overheating of the body.

If you’re worried about the odor caused by sweating, there are many natural remedies you can try to deal with the body odor that will not harm the beneficial bacteria residing on your skin, or cause you to suppress this natural response.

 

Brandi Marcene

Brandi Marcene is a regular contributor to Daily Health Series. Having written on virtually every topic under the sun, Brandi is passionate about health and wellness, particularly the health benefits of different natural products. She has written content for leading brands, including Dell and Haute, as well as other Fortune 500 companies. Brandi has a Bachelor's in Journalism from the Georgia Perimeter College.