5 Benefits of Sweating (and How You Can Sweat Daily)
November 9th, 2016 by Lauren Tharp
If you think sweating is “yucky,” then it’s time to change your attitude because sweating is secretly awesome. Yeah, B.O. is a pain – but that’s what deodorant is for! You honestly have no excuse not to sweat every day. Especially when it’s so darn good for you.
Daily sweating has enormous health benefits. And it also gives you a good excuse to take a long, relaxing bath or shower after you finish (bonus!!).
Here are five of our favorite benefits of sweating:
1. It Detoxifies Your Body
Easier than a juice cleanse and so much better for you. Sweating can flush your body of substances such as alcohol, cholesterol, and salt – purging your body of pore-clogging toxins (which we’ll get into more in #5!).
Studies have shown that sweating daily is a great way to eliminate toxic elements from your body, making you healthier overall.
2. It Makes You Happier
It’s been proven that sweating releases feel-good endorphins into your system.
Basically, sweating makes you feel good. It’ll put a smile on your face! What’s not to like about that?
3. It Builds Your Immunity
Dr. Diane De Fiori, a dermatologist at the Rosacea Treatment Clinic in Melbourne, Australia, told Medical Daily in an email:
“Sweat contains antimicrobial peptides effective against viruses, bacteria, and fungi. These peptides are positively charged and attract negatively charged bacterial, enter the membranes of bacteria, and break them down.”
Basically, sweat is a natural antibiotic. Not only does it help you get over an illness more quickly, sweating daily can help you build up immunities so that you don’t get sick in the first place!
4. It Lowers the Risk of Kidney Stones
Sweating is a great way to get rid of the salt in your system – which would otherwise collect in your kidneys and urine. This, along with the fact that people who sweat more tend to drink more water, goes a long way toward preventing kidney stones from forming in your body.
5. It Keeps Your Skin Clear
We mentioned earlier that sweating gets rid of pore-clogging toxins. This means that sweating is a great way to prevent zits and other blemishes from popping up on your skin.
Just remember to wash up after you work out! Leaving the residue of sweat on your skin can add to your beauty woes if you don’t. So sweat out those toxins and then wash them off for the full effect!
4 Easy Ways to Sweat More
Remember to stay hydrated! When you sweat more, you need to ingest more fluids to make up for it. With that said, here are four ways you can sweat more in your daily life:
1. Focus on Building Muscles
We’ve written before that building muscle burns fat. Well, it also makes you sweat more!
When you have a higher muscle mass, your metabolism works faster, and causes you to sweat more whenever you exercise.
Speaking of exercise…
It only takes about 30 minutes a day of exercise to get a good sweat going. Make some time in your day to exercise and go all out when you do. Dance your butt off – literally!
3. Wear Layers
It’s a simple trick, but when you wear more clothes (or turn up the thermostat), you’re bound to sweat more. Just remember to be safe. If you feel dizzy or faint: stop! You should feel warmer than normal, but not unpleasantly uncomfortable.
4. Spice Up Your Meals
According to Jill Corleone, RDN, LD:
“Burning an extra 50 calories eating spicy cayenne pepper every day may help you lose 5 pounds in a year, as long you don’t compensate by eating more calories from other food. Add dried cayenne pepper to your morning eggs, soup at lunch, and steamed veggies at dinner for a little extra kick and calorie-burning.”
By eating some slightly spicy foods, you’ll trigger what’s known as a gustatory sweat – which also works at raising your metabolism.
So long as you don’t have a sensitive stomach, this can be a fun way to sweat out a few extra calories per day.
How to you like to get your sweat on…? Let us know in the comments!