We hear a lot of people saying that the more you sweat, the more weight you lose. Sometimes, they even equate sweating to being healthier as this means you release toxins out of your body. Are these statements true? Find out the answers below.
Myth #1: You can sweat out toxins
You aren’t likely to purify your body of much of anything by sweating, whether in a hot yoga class or sizzling sauna, because all that’s in perspiration is water, salt, and a smattering of electrolytes, according to Rachel Vreeman, MD, author of Don’t Cross Your Eyes…They’ll Get Stuck That Way! “Sweat glands sit in the skin and aren’t connected to other systems in the body, so it makes no sense that they would eliminate waste,” she says. “The only role of perspiration is to keep us cool.” The body does a pretty good job of getting rid of what it doesn’t need, largely through the liver, kidneys, and digestive tract. There’s nothing special you have to do to help, other than eat well, stay hydrated, and keep fit so those organs can function properly. Source: FitnessMagazine
Myth #2: Everyone needs deodorant
Weird as it is, some people have a gene, ABCC11, that makes it so they don’t smell. Even weirder is how you find out if you’re one of the lucky ones: If you feel your earwax (stay with us) and it’s dry and flaky as opposed to kind of sticky or slimy, you might also lack the chemical in your armpits that bacteria feed on to cause odor. Source: PureWow
Myth #3: Sweating means you’re losing weight
Whenever any substance is removed from your body — whether it is sweat, waste, fat or even hair — you will lose some weight. So the short answer to the question is yes, sweating does mean that you are losing weight. However, weight loss caused by sweating is only temporary. As soon as you eat or drink water, the weight returns to your body. To achieve permanent weight loss, your body must burn fat through exercise. And although a healthy sweat session generally accompanies a fat-burning exercise session, the sweating process does not directly result in permanent weight loss. Source: LiveStrong
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