The average adult has between 2-3 million—yes million—sweat glands on their body. Women have more sweat glands than men, but men sweat greater amounts. Each of those millions of glands perform a vital, complex, series of functions that impact your physical and mental well-being. They’re fascinating and worthy of your daily admiration. Let the daily sweating begin!
7 Reasons for Daily Sweating:
- Probably the best-known benefit of sweating is eliminating toxins. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and as well as acting as a barrier to keep out the bad stuff, it’s also a massive elimination organ that sweats out toxins. Studies have shown sweating to be effective at flushing out alcohol, cholesterol, salt, and harmful chemicals.
- The same way your sweat glands flush toxins from your body also results in less blemishes and clearer skin. This makes sense, as the oils and debris that clog your pores and result in pimples are the first to be flushed out by the outward pressure of sweating. Sweating removes these impurities, but washing your face and/or showering after sweating is important to wash them off the surface of your skin.
Prevent Colds and Flu
- There’s truth to the old wives tale about breaking a sweat to stave off colds and flu, as sweat contains peptides that fight off these infections. According to Australian dermatologist, Dr. Diane De Fiori, “Sweat contains antimicrobial peptides effective against viruses, bacteria, and fungi. These peptides are positively-charged and attract negatively-charged bacteria, enter the membranes of the bacteria, and break them down.”
- Exercising to the point of sweating is also the point where your body naturally produces endorphins, known as the “feel good” hormones. According to a 2009 study published in the journal Biology Letters, those who participate in group exercise activities—like a Pure Vibe WBV Class—experience increased endorphin levels and less pain than those who exercise alone. This “synchronized activity” has also been linked to the power of meditation, self-connection and improved focus, concentration and results.
- Research shows that exercise and sweating (which increases our body temperature) also improves mood by stimulating specific pathways in our brains. California sports medicine expert, Dr. James Ting says, “Research suggests that temperature-sensitive neural circuits to specific regions in the brain exist and may play a significant role in controlling mood.”
Reduce Risk of Kidney Stones
- Those who sweat have a reduced risk for developing kidney stones, which are made up of salts and calcium. Sweating excretes much of the excess salt, and some of the calcium, preventing them from accumulating in the kidneys. Also, those who exercise tend to drink more water that helps flush out the kidneys too.
Improve Wound Healing
- Researchers have discovered that sweat glands play an important role in wound recovery, including scrapes, burns, and ulcers. This is due to sweat glands being an important source of at least four different kinds of adult stem cells, which are vital to wound healing and closure. And, sweat glands have shown themselves to be your body’s own provider of antibiotics. When your skin is broken or damaged by cuts, scrapes, insect bites or stings, your sweat glands produce an antibiotic-rich serum, preventing infection. According to a study published in the Journal of Nature Immunology, researchers found an antimicrobial peptide, called dermcidinis only expressed in sweat glands, where it is secreted and transported to the surface of the skin.