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Let's Sweat the Small Stuff - The Benefits of Perspiration - by Craig Lahti

The average American leads a sedentary life.  When we go to work, we drive or take public transportation.  When we arrive at our office, if our office is on the 2nd floor or higher, we take the elevator or escalator.  At the end of the day, we go home, eat dinner, and relax with our family on the couch and watch television.  If we need something from the corner store, we get in our car and drive the ½ mile to the store.  Some people find time to go to the gym a few times a week, but we list that lower on our priority list than many other activities.  The end result is we seldom give ourselves the opportunity to break a healthy sweat.


Couple on couch         

In future blogs, I will discuss the benefits of perspiration in conjunction with the use of traditional saunas and infrared saunas, but as a basic premise, I want to examine the benefits of perspiration, without the perceived marketing behind the benefits of a specific product.

At its most basic level, the function of perspiration is to cool the body. With each person having 2-4 million sweat glands, the amount a person perspires depends on several factors including: body chemistry, physical activity, fitness level, sex (women have more sweat glands, but men tend to perspire more), and many other factors.  Most commonly, perspiration is attributed to physical activity; however, anxiety, stress, medication, high temperatures and other factors may cause the body to initiate the perspiration process, in an attempt to cool the body.


When perspiration begins, sweat (comprised of water, minerals, and some waste) begins to move towards the pores of the skin.  With this movement of fluids, blood is also moved closer to the surface of the skin, which is why a person may appear to have rosy cheeks or slightly reddened skin when exercising.  By moving the blood away from the core and closer to the surface of the skin, the blood is able to be cooled and then recirculated throughout the body to cool the body.  To promote this circulation, the heart rate must increase to pump the blood faster.  This extra exertion results in burned calories, though the amount of calories burned varies depending upon the cause and severity of the perspiration.


In a deep perspiration, usually resulting from an intense workout or from heat bathing, the perspiration helps to cleanse the body.  Dead cells are loosened by the opened pores and the perspiration released from the pores.  As the dead cells are exfoliated through bathing, the new cells are exposed to reveal fresher, healthier looking skin.  In the contents of the deep perspiration, it is likely there will be higher contents of ammonia, nickel, urea, zinc, and other minerals, chemicals, and heavy metals which can act as toxins to the body.  After these toxins are released from the body, a cool shower washes them away and closes the pores of the skin to help prevent toxins from re-entering the body.


So, while our society is not likely to embrace perspiration as part of our office environment, it is important to remember that it is good and important to perspire.  Whether through exercise, heat bathing, or both, we should try to induce perspiration daily to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.  If you would like more information on heat bathing, request a brochure on traditional and far-infrared sauna rooms, or visit your closest dealer.

         Workout for deep perspiration



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Sonny ( wrote:
Wlkaing in the presence of giants here. Cool thinking all around!
Hines ( wrote:
And I thought I was the sensible one. Thanks for steitng me straight.