In a society governed by superficial fashions and obsessive-compulsive cleanliness, sweat is often perceived as downright terrifying. Sweating can certainly be a little embarrassing, especially if you're at work, in a public place, or at a nice romantic dinner. But what many people don't realize is that the ability to sweat is a completely normal, healthy, and vital part of a properly functioning body.
These sweat stains that appear and appear under the armpits on your work shirt or a pretty new T-shirt are for a very good reason. Believe it or not, our bodies excrete an average of a liter of sweat every day. And this helps not only with natural cooling, but also with the performance of a number of other vital functions. Should such a natural and common thing be ostracized? If you are still in doubt, "Smart" has collected six reasons why sweat is not only not disgusting, but also good for you.
If you had to choose just one reason why everyone should sweat, then it would be detoxification. After all, sweating is the most effective method of removing toxins from the body.
Sweating cleanses your body of a wide range of "pollutants", including alcohol, cholesterol, and certain types of salts. Sweat is a conduit through which harmful substances are removed from the body.
A study published in the journal Archives of Environmental and Contamination Toxicology found that many of the toxic compounds found in sweat are not even detectable in blood tests. This means that the spectrum of chemicals excreted through the skin may be even wider and more important than previously thought.
Researchers are just beginning to understand the role our sweat glands play in healing wounds, scratches and other superficial abrasions. The millions of sweat glands located on our skin can receive cells that are critical to healing and closing wounds.
A 2012 study published in the Journal Cell reports on discovered sweat glands containing four different types of adult stem cell populations. These stem cells "exhibit different regenerative abilities and remain unipotent in the treatment of epidermal, myoepithelial and lumenal lesions." This is very important when it comes to cuts, scrapes and other minor wounds.
3. Prevention of kidney stones
Studies show that sweating is also linked to your kidneys. This process allows your body to remove excess salt from the blood while retaining the calcium that is associated with the health of your bones. Sweating regulates the accumulation of sodium and calcium in the urine, which can otherwise lead to the development of kidney stones.
However, it's important to remember that it's important to drink plenty of water - because as you sweat more, you lose fluids that would otherwise pass out of your body through urine. This can increase the calcium and salt content of your urine, which contributes to kidney stones.
4. Antibiotic effect
Forget about antibacterial or antibiotic ointment in your medicine cabinet - your sweat glands have already worried about it! When your skin gets sores, scrapes, insect bites, whatever penetrates the surface of your skin, your sweat glands secrete antibiotic-rich serum. This secretion is your body's very efficient mechanism for killing pathogens that might otherwise cause internal infection.
A 2001 study published in the Journal of Nature Immunology found that dermidine, a potent antimicrobial peptide, "is specifically and constitutively secreted in the sweat glands, secreted in sweat, and transported to the epidermal surface."
This means that your sweat glands are the only part of your body that produces this important antibiotic that is used to protect your skin from infection.
5. Pleasure hormones
This reason is especially difficult to believe, but nevertheless it is relevant. Science has proven time and time again that exercise makes you happy. Exercise triggers the release of endorphins in your brain - pleasure-related hormones that boost your mood.
However, in addition to this interaction with endorphins, sweating can actually affect the release of these "good" hormones. When your body heats up to the point where it needs to sweat, it activates certain temperature-sensitive neurons in your brain that can positively affect your mood.
The more you exercise, the more you sweat. And the more you sweat, the happier you are! It's simple. The main thing is not to overdo it on the exercise front.
Now take a look at these six reasons and think - is it really worth worrying about what others will think of you if sweat has so many important and useful qualities? There is nothing to be ashamed of - we all sweat!