Sweat for Health

December 18, 2012

Sweating is a very important process that your body uses for a variety of purposes. It is used to help your overall health. You don’t have to be working out to sweat, but when you do it during exercise, you are benefiting your body. Some of the benefits of sweating:

Woman Sweating

Clean Skin

Unfortunately, sweating has gotten a bad reputation. But sweating is actually your body’s way of helping to keep your skin clean. Every day, toxins build up in your pores that need to be released. If they’re not, then your skin can break out and cause pimples, rashes and other skin infections. By sweating out these toxins, your skin stays cleaner and, over time, it will appear to look healthier than ever.

Lowers Body Temperature

However, great skin isn’t the only thing you gain when you break a good sweat. When you exercise, heat is generated, helping increase the amount of calories you burn. Now, in terms of regulating temperature, sweating keeps your body from overheating, which may prevent you from working out properly and may even cause heat stroke.

 

Helps Fight Sickness

A fever is not fun. So when you get a fever, the first thing you do is run to the medicine. Did you know a fever is actually your body’s way of fighting off sickness by trying to help you sweat it out? If you are sick,

Sweating is one of the best things that your body can do to help keep itself healthy. Though you probably do everything you can to stop your body from doing it, the physical act of sweating is therapeutic for your body. It helps your skin, which is your largest organ, to stay active (especially during the winter months) and it helps your internal organs to stay cool by lowering your overall body temperature. If you do not exercise or workout regularly, you probably do not sweat much. You should try to change this. At the very least, there are saunas and spas available to you that allow you to enjoy the benefits of sweating without ever setting foot in the gym. Try to sweat more often to help your body stay healthy

The premise is simple, when your body is subjected to temperatures hot enough that sweating results, all the bodies systems are kicked into high gear. The need for oxygen is increased by 20% as the blood flow accelerates, metabolism increases and your organs experience a flush. You can liken it to exercise, but for your internal systems. We all know how important movement and exercise is for the maintenance of health and wellness- the fact is that it’s just as true for your insides as for the out.

“Given a fever, I can cure any disease”. -Hippocrates

Face Cleansing Tips

December 8, 2012

*According to some experts, washing your face might be a bit more than just soap and water. Some tips…

Gentle Skin

1. Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser.

2. Wet your face with lukewarm water and use your fingertips to apply cleanser. Using a washcloth, mesh sponge or anything other than your fingertips can irritate your skin.

3. Resist the temptation to scrub your skin as scrubbing irritates the skin.

4. Limit washing to twice a day and after sweating. Wash your face once in the morning and once at night as well as after sweating heavily. Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat, irritates the skin. Wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating.

5. Rinse with lukewarm water, and pat dry with a soft towel.

6.  Apply moisturizer if your skin is dry or itchy. Be gentle when applying any cream around your eyes so you do not pull too hard on this delicate skin.

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*Sources- Science Daily, Discovery Fit and Health