We all sweat –everyone has around three million sweat glands and we produce around a liter of perspiration a day– but why do we sweat?
Sweating is essential to stop the body from overheating, that is why it is one of the most important biological processes. Sweat is made of water, minerals such as sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium, and toxins. But apart from being a cooling mechanism, do you know why we sweat?
Emotional sweating and "normal sweating"
When your body temperature rises from exercise, heat, stress or hormone shifts, sweating helps keep your internal temperature. If your temperature rises above the normal, your organs cannot function the right way, that is why it is so important to maintain a healthy body temperature. The increase of stress hormones affects our nervous system –especially when we are nervous or embarrassed–, and as our body does not see the difference between physical or emotional stress, it reacts by sweating.
Benefits of sweating
Sweating is one of the ways our body gets rid of toxins, it stimulates the lymph glands and helps them flush out things that are not necessary and in this way it reduces inflammation. Scientists have also found that sweat acts as the first line of defense against pathogens, as it contains a natural antibiotic –dermcidin. It also cleans clogged arteries, reduces excess salt, cholesterol and alcohol.
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