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#FitnessFacts: SWEAT

December 21, 2013 2 min read

-When the body is hot, it stimulates the sweat glands to release sweat so that it can be evaporated. This evaporation process cools the body down and helps bring it back to normal temperature.

-Sweat contains about 99% water. It also contains minerals (primarily sodium), lactic acid, & urea.

-There are two types of sweat glands in the skin: apocrine, found mainly in the armpit area, and eccrine, which are found all over the skin's surface.

-The apocrine glands produce sweat when we feel strong emotions, stress, pain or exercise. This is the sweat that can produce a strong scent or odor, and is also linked to the production of pheromones.

-The eccrine glands produce the vast majority of the rest of the body’s sweat, & are primarily activated through exercise or increase in temperature.

-Sweating can provide many benefits to the human body, including an increased immune system, decrease in stress & fatigue, healthier skin, & decreased risk of diseases or disorders, including kidney stones!

-The act of sweating itself burns very few calories, but the process of sweating out fluids and rehydrating that storage can speed up the metabolism and lead to fat loss.

-Sweating is great for the skin! The increase in circulation brings many nutrients to the skin cells, and it also causes pores to open- allowing dirt, toxins, & impurities to exit.

-Sweating regularly (3-6x/week), if followed by proper cleansing, can help achieve healthier & smoother skin- so don’t forget to wash your skin as soon as possible after you sweat!

-The average person can sweat between 25-55 fl oz in an hour of moderate intensity exercise (men generally tend to sweat more than women). Make sure to stay hydrated before, during, & after exercise to replenish those lost fluids in order to prevent dehydration or malnourishment.

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