Often, we see people in an exercise program trying to position themselves in front of a fan or air vent in order to cool down. Seems logical, right? In fact, stopping perspiration can keep you from enjoying many health benefits.
Primates are the only mammals that have sweat glands all over their bodies, and be glad we do. Sweating is one of the primary ways we flush our blood and renal systems of toxins and excess sodium. Sweating also increases endorphin levels, cool your body, and increase circulation.
Other benefits of sweating include;
–Improved Immune Systems– As quoted in Medical Daily, 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.”
–Reduced risk of kidney stones
–Clear your skin’s pores
-Can assist in lowering stress levels
-Can kill viruses and bacteria that cannot live above 98.6 degrees
Obviously we want to practice common sense in our exercise program and keep safety as our primary consideration, so we don’t need to push to unhealthy levels, but a good sweat can provide a substantial group of helpful positives.