Whether it’s through exercise, movement, an infrared sauna or even a hot bath, you should aim to sweat every day.
(Before you ask, the main difference between a far-infrared sauna and the traditional Finnish-style saunas (whether wet or dry) is the Finnish-style sauna heats you from the outside in, like an oven, whereas the infrared sauna heats you from the inside out.
Infrared saunas are particularly known for their ability to promote detoxification, and this inside-out heating is part of the reason for that, as the heat is able to penetrate deeper into your tissues.)
This has always been true, however, in today’s world where we are bombarded with industrial chemicals, toxins, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, chemical fertilisers, fragrances, GMO’s, chemtrails, WiFi etc its even more crucial.
Yes, You Do Sweat Out Toxins
Some experts teach that your liver and kidneys are the only way your body has of removing toxins.
In essence, they believe using a sauna to detoxify from environmental toxins and heavy metals is nothing more than a myth. In making the argument, some have indicated there is usually a grain of truth to the heart of every myth, believing toxic sweat is no exception.
To quote Dr Mercola, “The authors of the correspondence published in the journal Environmental International suggest the amount of toxins the body is capable of releasing through sweat is minuscule, and that the amount of pollutants — such as persistent organic compounds such as pesticides, flame retardants and now-banned polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) — in the human body is so low they’re essentially meaningless.
Yet these toxins and known carcinogens are banned from use because they trigger disease. According to the lead author, a typical person doing 45 minutes of high-intensity exercise could sweat a total of 2 liters each day, including normal everyday perspiration. This sweat would contain less than one-tenth of a nanogram of the pollutants discussed.
Hence, he believes there is no way to sweat enough to get rid of even 1 percent of the chemicals you ingest in your food in a single day. Ironically, and perhaps tellingly, this statement completely contradicts the claim that the toxic burden is essentially meaningless to begin with.
Another writer wrote an infrared sauna was nice and left her feeling euphoric after sitting in 30 minutes, but she believed the feeling was similar to an endorphin rush after working out, and that aside from the feelings of euphoria there was no science to back up the idea the sauna aided in detoxification. While these articles are circulated and read, they do not reflect the body of scientific and research evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of saunas to assist the body in eliminating environmental toxins and heavy metals.”
Sweating Does Release Toxins From Your Body
You see, mixed with your sweat is a substance called urea, for which urine is named. In a paper published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, researchers estimated up to 1.12 milligrams (mg) of urea is dissolved in every cubic centimeter of sweat.
While this sounds like a small amount, the average person sweats up to 700 cubic centimeters of liquid each day, which means urea excreted in your sweat is responsible for up to 7 percent of your daily elimination of urea.
Research has also determined that metals are excreted in measurable amounts, and many researchers consider sweating a safe and effective way to eliminate arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury.
This meta-analysis considered 24 published studies in which both sweat collection and concentration were analysed. They found individuals with a higher burden of toxins would generally sweat amounts exceeding plasma or urine concentrations.
These studies determined that excretion through sweating could match or surpass toxins passed through urine.
Notably, cadmium was more concentrated in sweat than in blood plasma and mercury levels could be normalised with repeated sauna use.
Another study evaluated the blood, urine and sweat from 20 individuals and analysed them for approximately 120 compounds, which were found in varying amounts in each of the different fluids. According to the authors:
“Many toxic elements appear to be preferentially excreted through sweat. Presumably stored in tissues, some toxic elements readily identified in the perspiration of some participants were not found in their serum. Induced sweating appears to be a potential method for elimination of many toxic elements from the human body.”
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a chemical associated with a number of adverse human health conditions.
In a study designed to assess the concentration of BPA in blood, urine and sweat, researchers found BPA could be identified in the sweat of 80 percent of the participants, even in some who had no BPA detected in serum, blood or urine.
They concluded that the monitoring using blood or urine may underestimate the total burden, and sweat analysis should be considered instead as it appeared to be useful for elimination of BPA.
Phthalates are another chemical family which are found in everyday consumer products, resulting in an extremely high exposure for some individuals and groups.
Multiple studies have demonstrated statistically significant relationships between exposure to phthalates and disease. In one study, researchers evaluated the effectiveness of excretion of phthalates and metabolites through sweat.
They found some phthalates were measurable in sweat but not serum suggesting retention and bioaccumulation.
They concluded that a sustained period of sweating could be useful in the elimination of toxic phthalate compounds, and that a sweat analysis may help establish the existence of the bioaccumulation of 2-ethylhexyl phthalate.
But Remember, Sweating Is Not A Substitute For Exercise
As good as sweating is for you’re health in removing toxins, movement is just as important.
Exercise reduces the risk for cardiovascular disease, and it also has the added benefit of stimulating your lymphatic system which is the key system for removing toxins.
New research has also shown that sitting down for more than six hours a day is akin to smoking.
Yes, that’s right, smoking!
So make sure you keep your body moving, even if it’s just going for a walk. Exercise doesn’t always have to be super strenuous. In fact multiple studies have shown that too much strenuous exercise is bad for the body.
Just keeping the body moving is essential.
As the saying goes, “use it or lose it”.
So, if you haven’t moved much today, or got up a sweat then get to it.
Your health depends on it
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