A lot of people think that sweating is gross, and it definitely can be. It leaves you wet, sticky, and smelly when you are done working out, and no one loves the smell of body sweat. Although this is true, sweating is actually quite beneficial to our health. For example, sweat stops our bodies from overheating, which is essential to the process of homeostasis. In fact, the average human is covered in two to four million sweat glands that work as a natural cooling system for our bodies. Here are four other ways that sweating is beneficial to our bodies.
Lowers Your Risk of Kidney Stones
This is a health benefit of sweating that many people don’t know about. Sweating helps remove access sweat from the body’s bloodstream, while still retaining the calcium from the salt that is beneficial for the body. This process regulates the levels of calcium and sodium in the urine stream, which is basically what causes kidney stones. A study conducted in 2004 looked at the incidence of kidney stones in men who worked in high-temperature areas of a steel factory. More than 50% of the men found with kidney stones worked in the hot temperature area of the factory, but that’s because they did not stay hydrated.
Helps Get Rid of Zits
When you sweat, your pores open up. This releases all of the build up and toxins that are clogging up your pores. This skin benefit is great for someone with mild or moderate sweating. If you experience extreme sweating, like hyperhydrosis, it’s important to see a doctor.
Can Reduce Pain
Endorphin’s are released when you sweat, and these endorphin’s can actually help reduce pain in your body. Many studies have been done that show pain ratings significantly reduce in experimental participants after exercising for 30 minutes. This is not a long lasting affect, however. This means that regular exercise is required if you are seeking pain reduction.
Can Help Prevent Colds and Other Illnesses
According to Medical Daily, sweating can actually help fight tuberculosis germs and other dangerous pathogens. It states, “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.”
There you have it. Sweating can give you clear skin, reduce pain, help you steer clear of the cold season, and prevent kidney stones. Get out there and start sweating!