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Sweat it out! Five reasons sweating is good for you: 

1. Natural Pain Killer

We all get aches and pains, but rather than reaching for they aspirin, let your body move and sweat. James Ting, MD, a sports medicine physician at Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine, California says, "Exercise stimulates neurochemical pathways in the brain, resulting in the production of endorphins that act as natural painkillers".

2. Good for your Skin

A deep sweat can do great things to clear your skin. Sweating opens pores and allows your body to push bacteria and other blemish causing culprits out. Just make sure you also clean your skin afterwards to avoid things you've just sweat out from sitting on the skins surface and being reabsorbed. 

3. Improves Circulation

One of the biggest reasons we add heat to yoga practice is that it increases circulation. Increased circulation while practicing your yoga poses has wonderful therapeutic results, you get to move more circulation through joints and tissues helping to nourish your cells and carry away cell waste.

4. Expels Toxins

Every day we are unavoidably exposed to atmospheric toxins. You can keep a clean diet, drink only the purest water, but you cannot always control the air you breathe. Your skin is your largest organ, and it's an organ of elimination. Sweating regularly is a very effective way of allowing your body to expel toxins. Cultures throughout history have relied on sweating to purify the body (bath houses, sweat lodges, etc). 

5. Regulates Body Temperature

Some wear antiperspirants, some go as far as injecting botox into their sweat glands, both are signs that we are not big fans of sweating. Perspiration, however, is the body's natural tool of temperature regulation, don't fight it but embrace it! 


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