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  • Heather Lee Donahue

Why Sweating is the Absolutely Best Way to Detox


When most people think about detoxing, they think about not eating for several days or drinking only juices, smoothies and soups, or cleansing the body by taking products that have a laxative effect. But detoxing is done by your body everyday. The word detox means to eliminate waste. Your body does this naturally every time you pee, poop and sweat. These are natural responses to the body getting rid of the waste in your body.

Waste that is eliminated through sweating includes BPA, heavy metals and chemicals from the phthalate family. To give you an idea of how we are getting these substances into our body, here is a list of where they come from:

Scary how many everyday products we use have chemicals that are harmful to our bodies. The reason these chemicals are so harmful is they interrupt our bodies processes. Our bodies want to fight for us. They want to keep us healthy. When we ingest chemicals that make it hard for the body to do it's job, it becomes fatigued and disease set's in.

A way to combat the chemicals is to eat clean organic food, drink clean water and exercise regularly, to detox the chemicals from our bodies. As long as you are eating foods that are not processed and drinking plenty of water, your kidneys and liver will eliminate waste. Exercise is the one detox activity that takes effort. Unless it is 90 degrees, high humidity and the air-conditioning is not on, I don't sweat by just sitting on the couch . I have to make an effort to sweat. This is the hard part.

In fact, only 23% of Americans actually get the recommended amount of physical activity by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC states " People should engage in “moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity for at least 150 minutes per week” or “vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity for at least 75 minutes per week,” or any combination.: (Source: Forbes) Breaking this down, 150 minutes is only 30 minutes 5 days a week. This is only 2% of our day.

A holistic nutritionist will tell you we actually need 30 minutes of exercising after we start sweating. This is how we get the benefits of detoxing from exercise, by sweating. With so many of us not exercising regularly, it can be hard to start. Especially because it means you have to be willing to do something that your friends and family may not want to participate. This makes it even hard to build a routine and stick to it. The opposite is true as well.

Once you find a routine that works for you, it becomes easier to stick to it. The added benefit is people will notice how much strength, muscle tone, weight-loss and stress management you gained. This helps motivate others to start exercising. They may even want to join you!

Here are 5 tips on how to sweat to help your body detox.

WEAR LAYERS

If you haven't been exercising in awhile, I am a big fan of just starting a walking routine. Walking is a great way to be active for a long period of time (at least 30 minutes) and it can be done anywhere. To increase your sweating, wear layers. Put on a knit hat, long underwear and heavy sweat pants. This may not be possible if your walking routine means you are walking for half your lunch hour, but if you can find the time to layer up, it will help you sweat more.

INCREASE CARDIO

Once you have a walking program down, try to increase the intensity by jogging every so often. You can time yourself to walk 10 minutes, jog for 3 minutes. Keep up this timing until it becomes easier for you to jog 3 minutes. Then increase to 5 minutes. As you build endurance it becomes harder to sweat. But that is a good thing! It means your body is getting stronger.

INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF TIME SPENT EXERCISING

Once 30 minutes becomes your normal routine, you will feel like it is harder to start sweating. It is! As you get more fit, your body needs more challenge to sweat. Increasing time to your routine will help you achieve this.

ADD WEIGHTS

Carrying weights while you walk or jog increases the intensity. It doesn't have to be heavy, 2 pounds will do. But adding weights to your routine will help you sweat faster. This is a great option if you can't increase the amount of time you are exercising.

SAUNA

This is one of my favorite activities. I recently bought a personal infrared sauna that is portable. I can put it anywhere in my house and enjoy 30 minutes of relaxing and sweating. There are numerous benefits for using an infrared sauna. Healthline states you will:

  • Sleep Better

  • Detoxify

  • Relax

  • Relieve Sore Muscles

  • Relieve Joint Pain from Arthritis

  • Improve Circulation

The infrared sauna I bought can be found on Amazon. I try to use it two times per week. I definitely notice a difference, especially in my muscles and joints. If you can't buy a personal infrared sauna, there are health and wellness centers who have saunas you can pay to use. Also, some fitness centers have them as well. One caution, while a sauna will help you sweat it is not a replacement for exercise. A sauna should be just one part of your total sweating routine.

I hope you found this post informative and it inspires you to start sweating regularly. If you would like to receive healthy living tips and recipes for free, follow my blog on Bloglovin.

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