For many of us, we avoid sweating and we also make a great effort to conceal it. Yet sweating is vital to our health, just as it was for our ancestral humans. The ability to perspire while hunting in a hot environment enabled humans to adapt, survive, and become proficient hunter-gatherers. Ritual sweating was also used for therapeutic and cleansing purposes and for spiritual and emotional healing.
𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐖𝐞 𝐒𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡𝐲
Though sweating is often underappreciated, it’s important to know why we do it. Our skin, which is the largest organ, is essentially our third kidney. Sweat glands help our skin filter toxins out of the body, which in turn boosts our immune system. Sweating also cools our body and maintains proper body temperature.
When we sweat all over, as with intense exercise, good things happen to our body:
1. circulation increases throughout our organs, muscles, and tissue
2. our skin releases toxins such as alcohol and waste products, which helps our body detoxify
3. the elimination of salt from the body can help prevent kidney stones from forming
4. prolonged sweating also leads to increased thirst and the need to drink more water, which is also helpful in lowering the risk of kidney stones
5. the pores on our skin open up and allow for a protective barrier to form against pathogens, thus reducing bacteria on the skin. This can benefit many skin problems such as acne.
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