Can You Sweat Out Toxins?
What is sweat made of?
- 99% water
- The other 1%
- Electrolytes – sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium
- Some trace heavy metals (?)
What are toxins?
- Something harmful to the body if exposed in large doses
- Heavy metals – Mercury, lead, chromium, cadmium, and arsenic
- Environmental – pesticides, glyphosate, mold
- Food related – BPA, phthlatates, pesticides
Does sweat release toxins?
- Mixed information available
- This research says sweat does release (some) toxins:
- This research says otherwise:
Other reasons to sweat
- To cool down the body and get rid of excess heat
- Increase blood flow and oxygen to the body
- Endorphin release
- Hydrate – if sweat is almost all water, then you’ll want to replenish
- Consume electrolytes if you’re in a hot environment or doing endurance exercise
- Fruits and vegetables
- Avoid sugary electrolyte drinks – unless that’s your only option
- Be aware of heat exhaustion
- Dizziness and nausea – get somewhere cool and take some water/electrolytes
- Sweating does appear to release a tiny amount of toxins, and our bodies all have toxins, but:
- The body’s natural detoxification systems work better (kidneys and liver)
- Sweating during intense exercise works better
- You cannot rely on sweating alone to take care of your detoxification
- Proper nutrition and movement is key
- Sweating is good for you, provided you’re hydrated
- Prevent toxins from entering the body to begin with by:
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