Sweating is a bodily function that most people tend to think is primarily purposed for cooling the body when we get overheated. And while that is definitely one of its primary biological functions, it also serves as a part of our built-in detox system.
Just as we eliminate excess waste from food via our digestive system, and just as we have a fully functioning immune system against foreign invaders, nature gave us a natural mechanism for getting rid of excess environmental toxins via our sweat. This is why it is so important that we have a good, constructive sweat several times a week.
Whether that sweat comes from the physical strain and body heat that results from a strenuous workout or from simply sitting somewhere that is very warm like a sauna or out in the hot sun, we still garner the benefits of the toxic relief that sweating offers.
Gets rid of excess salt and trace toxins
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting the sweat on your upper lip (most of us have), then you know that it has a very high salt content. As you sweat, you do get rid of a lot of unnecessary salt as well as trace toxins that pollute the body, and for most Americans that’s a good thing since our sodium intake AND toxic exposure is so high in this country.
However, it is important to realize you can lose some valuable electrolytes. Electrolytes are minerals (salt is the primary electrolyte found in our sweat) that help to balance the electrical charge within the body.
Our heart, muscles and general workings of the brain and body all rely on electrical impulses, so it’s important to replenish the body with water when you have lost a lot of fluid via sweating. Coconut water is an excellent alternative to chemical-heavy sports drinks since it contains natural sources of electrolytes and hydrates the body very effectively.
In addition, lemon water can really help replenish not only your fluids, but also your electrolytes when you’ve had a heavy sweat.