Perspiring not only releases toxins through our skin, it stimulates the production of certain hormones, oils, and arouses blood flow, firing up our immune systems. Whether you are getting physical, or sampling some delicious cuisine- try these 5 ways to work up a sweat to detoxify your skin for a radiant glow.
Exercise: At least 30 min a day to get that blood pumping. You do need to get your heart rate up enough to perspire. Any kind of aerobic activity is a great way to do that while also keeping in shape. Everyone is different and if you have pre-existing health issues you will want to consult your physician first. Always remember your 8-10 glasses of water a day!
Sex: Orgasm produces endorphins, similar to the hormones that runners feel when they experience that runner high. The act of having sex causes us to perspire, releases stress, and gets that heart beating- signaling the pituitary gland to release feel good hormones like Oxytocin which make us want to cuddle and gives us that rosy after glow.
Yoga: Bikram Yoga, known as hot yoga incorporates 26 poses including 2 breathing exercises and is performed in a studio that is heated to 105 degrees. While working up a good cardiovascular sweat for 90 minutes, you may want to keep your water nearby as excessive perspiration is expected. The hyped benefits of Bikram Yoga include: greater oxygen conversion and absorption, and improved blood circulation- while dropping 300-700 calories per session.
Sauna: Try a nice hot “dry” sauna. Whether you call it a Bania, Sweat Lodge, or Sauna; spending time in one provides relief from a long winter, while exhibiting holistic as well as hygienic benefits. In Russia, and parts of Alaska, It is common after a nice Bania to plunge head first into a cold lake or ice bath, not recommended for the faint of heart and is touted to strengthen your entire well- being.
Eating Chili’s: When you live in hot climates eating chilis lowers your body temperature. Eating foods infused with chili peppers makes you sweat, flicking away heat, and cooling you down. It’s not a bad idea to incorporate some chili spice into your everyday cooking. The health benefits of chilis sound astounding: from helping to fight migraines and inflammation- to protecting your heart, losing weight and battle some forms of cancer. Bon Appetite!