I love a good workout session. It gives me energy, improves my mood, and keeps me healthy. What it doesn’t do is make me sweat.
No matter how hard I push myself, I sweat very little compared to my friends. I’ve always been glad of that. I don’t like the feeling of sweat running down my face. Or worse, getting sweat in my eyes.
“But how do you detoxify your body if you can’t sweat it out?,” they ask me. “The same way you do,” I reply. And it’s not through sweat.
What Is Sweat?
Sweat is the body’s natural cooling system. Whenever we exercise, have a fever, or are in a very hot place – like my hometown Senigallia where the heat can rise up to 40°C in summer – our body’s temperature rises up above its ideal 37°C.
Our brain doesn’t like that at all. It wants to get back to 37°C. So, it sends a signal to the sweat glands in our body, most of which are located – you guessed it – in our underarms, feet and hands, to start producing sweat.
Sweat, also known as perspiration, is made almost completely of water. But it also contains tiny amounts of other chemicals, like urea, lactic acid, salts and sugars.
Can Sweat Really Detoxify The Body?
Even though I’m not much of a sweater, I’d love it if this myth were true. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to breathe the most polluted air, drink lots of alcohol, and then be able to get rid of all those toxins by exercising for an hour or spending some time in a sauna?
Sadly, it doesn’t work that way. Sweat can cool down the body, but not detoxify it too. So why do so many people think it can? Because, as the saying goes, there is usually a grain of truth in every myth. There’s one in the “sweat it out” myth too.
Some studies have shown that toxins like mercury, lead, and arsenic, are execreted through sweat. But in incredibly tiny amounts. Only less than 1% of these metals is removed through sweat!
How Our Body Really Detoxify Itself?
Relying on sweat to detoxify our body isn’t a smart strategy. Thankfully, we don’t have to. We are already have an in-built detox system: our liver and kidneys. They’re responsible for getting rid of all the toxins that somehow make their way inside our body.
As long as your liver and kidneys are healthy, you don’t really need to do anything to detox. Your body does that on its own. So, to keep them in top shape, make sure to replenish all the liquids you lost during your workout session.
The Bottom Line
Exercise has many benefits, but removing toxins from our body is not one of them. It’s out liver and kidneys, not our sweat, that detoxify it.
Have you ever tried to sweat out toxins from your body?