Sweat Out Your Body Toxins:
The Truth About Sweating and Detox
Everywhere you look, websites and “health & fitness professionals” are telling you to sweat out your body toxins. You’ll see it in magazine ads. You’ll hear it from your “Professional Trainers.” You’ll see it on billboards, buses, trains, and on TV commercials. The question is, how true is it? Can you really sweat out your body toxins? Read on to discover the reality of the sweaty situation.
The Sweat Trend
“Hot Yoga” is all-the-rage. It seems to me that it is a form of torture. You purposely go into a 105 degree room at 40% humidity so you can pose in contortionist-like positions while sweat drips off your body…
How about the trend of wearing sweatshirts and sweatpants over other layers of clothing at the gym—or worse, outside in a heat wave—so you can sweat more and rid yourself of body toxins?
While we’re at it, why don’t we wear thermal underwear in the sauna until it’s drenched in sweat…that will surely rid your body of those nasty toxic chemicals…
Keep working, work harder, work out longer, work out in blistering heat. Go in the sauna, sweat as much as you can, it will rid you of your body toxins. Right?
The truth is, sweating is simply your body’s way of cooling itself off. Sweat is 99% water, a little salt, and MAYBE a TRACE amount (less than .01%) other things (like body toxins, other minerals, etc.)
Your sweat glands open and release sweat in order to keep your body at the proper temperature. Your body cools as the sweat evaporates into the air. It’s like your own personal air conditioner!
So how does your body detoxify itself?
That is the job of your liver and kidneys!
Here is a little physiology lesson for you. The blood stream drops off toxins in the liver. The liver filters and removes them from the body.
The blood flows to the kidneys. The kidneys also filter the blood, and then they excrete the toxins in the urine.
When everything is running smoothly, your body can handle all the toxins and chemical compounds on its own.
You end up running into some trouble when there is excess stress on your liver and kidneys. This can come from everyday stress, wear and tear on your body, or not getting enough nutrients.
When the kidneys and liver are not functioning at full capacity, they need a little push to be cleansed and renew their filtering abilities.
Natural Detox for Body Toxins
That is where natural detox comes in. You can help your liver and kidneys remove body toxins with a body detox or cleanse.
Natural detox can include herbal teas, supplements, clean eating, meditation, and exercise.
There is no end to the amount of detox products you can find. Try googling “detox” and see what comes up. Definitions, products, countless websites…The list is endless, right?
So how do you choose a product that meets your personal needs? Do your research. Choose products that are gentle and all-natural. Stay away from chemical detox, or anything that sounds “too good to be true,” because it probably is!
The Liver According to Traditional Chinese Medicine:
The TCM World website claims:
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Liver is the organ responsible for the smooth flow of emotions as well as Qi and blood. It is the organ that is most affected by excess stress or emotions.
Anger is the emotion associated with the Liver. If you are often irritable, get angry easily, have trouble unwinding from the day’s activities, have trouble reasoning or going with the flow and letting things go, you are experiencing a Liver function problem. Experiencing these emotions chronically or excessively can seriously unbalance the function of your Liver.
There are several great Chinese herbs that can help your body go through a natural, gentle detox process. For a detailed list, check out one of our other blogs HERE.
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