Sweating. Not the most favorite past time, yet the health benefits that sweating provides to your body are many. So if you feel uncomfortable, dirty or smelly when you sweat, remember that sweating is usually a sign of a healthy body.
In the South, ladies don’t sweat, they glisten. Well, that’s what we like to think anyway. Whatever you may call it, a daily sweat is good for your body and good for your emotional wellness. Of course, the real reason for sweating is the body’s internal way to cool down and is critical in the body’s hydration process. Anhidrosis is the inability to sweat in response to heat. When you don’t perspire, your body loses the ability to cool itself, which can lead to overheating and sometimes to heatstroke — a dangerous and potentially fatal condition.
Sweating is also one of the body’s safe and natural ways to heal and repair. Scientists and doctors are beginning to acknowledge what our ancestors instinctively knew — regular sweating restores good health through the elimination of toxins. Sweat carries toxins out of the body and flushes them through the pores of the skin.
DID YOU KNOW? Thanks to brain-imaging studies in humans and neurochemical studies in animals, scientists have found evidence that exercise (sweating) actually makes a stronger brain. Physical exertion induces the cells in the brain to reinforce old connections between neurons and to forge new connections. This denser neuron network is better able to process and store information, essentially resulting in a smarter brain.
Health Benefits of Sweating
- improves circulation
- accelerates metabolism
- opens skin pores
- cleanses the skin
- boosts the immune system
- uses energy & burns calories
- relaxes body & mind
- great for stress relief
- helps body release toxins
- sweating is a form of exercise
- helps body to regulate its temperature & cool down
- anti-aging – produces softer skin
- releases endorphins that help with pain
- improves tone & flexibility of skin
- critical factor in body’s hydration process
- contains natural antibiotics that destroy harmful skin bacteria
- can reduce cholesterol & sodium levels
- may improve sleep
Mint Orange Deodorant DIY Recipe
(This recipe is not an antiperspirant and does not prevent sweating.)
6T unrefined coconut oil
1/4C arrowroot starch
1/4C baking soda
4 capsules (400 IU) Vitamin E oil (mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols)
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops sweet orange essential oil
Soften the coconut oil & mix everything together until smooth.
Store in a jar. Apply a small amount under each arm with your fingertips & gently rub in (1/8-1/4 teaspoon).
Reapply throughout the day if needed.
Store in fridge, if too soft.
Recipe from: http://www.edibleperspective.com