It’s hot out there! And with the heat comes some of our favorites, like refreshing cold drinks and summer vacation. Along with these treats, the dog days of summer are also making us sweat. But don’t reach for an antiperspirant, all that sweating is actually serving a purpose. It turns out there are a lot of benefits of sweating, especially when you are doing the Clean Program.
Why We Sweat
Sweating is our natural air conditioning system. When our bodies heat up, our sweat glands kick in to help cool the body down and keep us from overheating. The cooling action happens as the sweat evaporates.
Why You Want To Sweat
Sweating doesn’t just cool us down. It’s also an important method to help eliminate toxins from the body.
In fact, sweating is used therapeutically to help lower levels of systemic mold, mycotoxins, and heavy metals like mercury. It’s also an effective exit route for environmental toxins like Bisphenol-A (BPA), phthalates and xenoestrogens.
That’s why we recommend sweating throughout the Clean Program—to support and enhance our natural detox process.
If that’s not enough good reason to appreciate sweating, sweat also has an antibacterial component that can help protect us from potentially harmful bugs and bacteria.
But many of us may try to reduce our natural daily sweat with some unnatural products. Let’s take a look at antiperspirants.
Think Twice About Antiperspirant
Antiperspirant is a kind of deodorant that stops or reduces the amount of sweat the body puts out in the armpits. Most antiperspirants work by blocking our pores with aluminum and preventing sweat from escaping. This reduces one of our body’s simplest ways for daily detox. Aluminum in antiperspirants may also affect estrogen receptors.
Most of us use antiperspirants in part to avoid the smell that can go along with underarm sweat. Processed foods, coffee, and alcohol tend to create more body odor than other foods. Lots of garlic and onions, while clean foods, can also contribute to a stronger smell. In general, whole foods like fruits, veggies, shakes, clean meat, and fish do not produce strong body odor.
Today there are lots of natural alternatives to antiperspirants.
Clean Team Tip: If you’re out and about and in need of a quick-fix to help with underarm odor, a natural hand sanitizer is another great option. A quick spritz to the pits dries sweat and kills odor-causing bacteria.
Get Your Sweat On
One of the benefits of sweating is that it is part of our body’s daily detox system. Rather than put the hold on it, let’s use it to improve our health. If you are on a cleanse, we recommend you sweat daily and incorporate more sweating into your daily life.
Here are two ways to get your sweat on:
Sweat the old fashioned way. You can ramp up your output with classes like hot yoga, but any kind of Activity that gets the heart pumping and sweat flowing will support your lymph system and move those toxins on out. Just another reason why Activity is one of the essential tools for health and longevity.
2. Dry/Infrared Sauna
A small room set to a high temperature will definitely get you sweating. If you go to a gym, get in the habit of adding the dry sauna to your gym routine. An extra 10 minutes of dedicated sweating can really help move those toxins out and get your skin glowing.
Rehydrate and Replenish
Whenever we sweat a lot, we’ll want to replenish nutrients and fluids. Water is a no-brainer, but your body will appreciate a little more nutrition. Making a shake with a protein mix like our Daily Shake is a great way to give your body liquid nutrition in an easily digestible form.
Sweating is one of our body’s simple and natural means to cool and cleanse us. Let’s take advantage of this process by getting a good sweat on as often as we can, whether that’s with daily Activity or a quick sauna treatment.
By the Clean team