In Defense of Sweat: 10 things you should know about sweat

I have a friend who hates to sweat, another who doesn't sweat at all, (so she says and I believe her!) And another friend who doesn't exercise because she doesn't want to sweat and ruin her weekly Dominican blow dry.

However, whether you love, hate or are indifferent about sweating, the scientific fact is that sweating is an important bodily function that you should try to do everyday!

Sweating has been ritualized in every part of the world in ceremonies that purify and heal. Native American and other indigenous groups believe that sweating is sacred.  Sweat lodges are considered healing and spiritual refuges where people seek physical, spiritual healing and purification.
Whether you are working up a sweat in a sweat lodge, sauna, during Bikram Yoga, jogging, biking, hiking, power walking, or  zumba class, or lucky you, sexing, sweating is is not only good for you, your skin, your mind and your brain, but it will clue you into how healthy you are.

Pay attention to your relationship to how you sweat and you will discover things about your  health!

Since skin is our body's biggest organ the fact is that when we perspire, we are cleaning ourselves from the inside out.

So don't sweat it, ladies cause sweating is sweet for you. Here are 10 things you should know about sweat:

Why sweat, why not?

-Sweat is your body's natural air conditioning. It's your body's way of cooling down. This is the way it works: the brain controls sweating. It sends signals to open your blood vessels, especially those vessels near the surface of your skin, asking them to open and secrete sweat so that your body can modify its temperature.

-According to experts, there's good sweat and bad sweat and I am not talking about embarrassing armpit or facial sweating.  Unhealthy sweat is oily, acid, and sticky. It also contains more fat. But, the good news is that the more you sweat, the sweeter, clearer the sweat gets.

-Sweating expels toxins. We are exposed to toxins everyday -- from the foods we eat, to the environment, cleaners we use in our homes and yes, to all the stuff we slather on our bodies. Since our bodies are intelligent working units and know the things it needs versus the things it doesn't need, sweating aids in the release of toxins.

-If you sweat easily, it means that your body's cooling mechanism is working optimally. If on the other hand, like my friend, you don't sweat at all even during an intense work out, your body's tool to controlling your temperature is failing you. Check it out pronto!

-If there are parts of your body that do not sweat experts say it's another indication that something is awry.  It may mean that there's too much blood int the area of the skin and as a result, vertigo or dizziness can result due to the lack of blood in the brain. Also, if blood stays in one spot sweat is unhealthy (doesn't happen or is acid, sticky and filled with fat) the blood becomes sticky and a blood clot can occur. Again, check it out!

-Almost every part of your body sweats, from scalp to feet, but our palms, forehead and soles of feet the most sweat glands. Two kinds of sweat: nervous sweat, happens in the palms and forehead mostly. Entire body sweat happens when we exercise.

-Sweating is awesome for your skin. It keeps it clear, smooth, supple and young looking. And the more water you drink to replenish the better to flush out and hydrate.

-Sweating is great for your hair. Sweating for at least 10 to 15 minutes a day will help circulation in the scalp, open up the pores, help spread your natural hair oils (a natural conditioning treatment that is free.) For those suffering from dandruff, it can help loosen op the flakes to make it easier to brush away.

-Sweating varies from individual to individual, but men sweat more that women. Some experts claim that male sweat can act as pheromone cues. Yep, those sexy cues that bring folks together.

-Finally, our body contains the same salty liquid that is found in the sea. Love that. Sweat is mainly made up of  water and other minerals such as magnesium, lactate, potassium, calcium and of course, sodium.