Sweating Is Healthy? Who Knew?

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The body was designed to heal itself. Though the organs pass most toxins and wastes out of the body through elimination, there is a backup plan. Poisons are passed from the body in five ways: mucus from blowing the nose or coughing, the waste system, headache, fever and sweat. What goes in must come out as well as the dirt and toxins the skin, the largest organ of the body, absorbs. Today, let’s tackle how sweat in a sauna can heal the body.

How Sweat Works

There are two types of sweat glands doing two types of job. Eccrine glands pass sweat onto the skin that contains toxins of the chemical type. The majority of chemical poisons are eliminated by the major organs, but some 1% is eliminated by upwards of 2 million sweat glands. The other type of sweat gland is apocrine. This gland secretes fluids through the scalp, armpits and personal areas. Fat cells store energy until it is burned off during exercise to strengthen muscles. Fat cells store more than energy, though, and the toxins have to get out of the body some way. When the body no longer needs the fat cells, they pass through the apocrine glands. That’s right, sweat can make you thin, so grab a seat in the sauna!

How Heat Works

Heat in a sauna is dry, just like a 105 degree day in summer. As the body temperature rises, blood races to the skin’s capillaries. This produces a flushed look. The heartbeat increases so it can handle this rise in temperature. The blood pressure, however, does not rise. As body temperature rises, the body reacts by simulating a fever. The sauna has applied heat which opens up the pores to let the sweat cleanse the dirt from the skin and carry out any chemical remainders in the body. The person enjoying this process will need to cool down naturally and not jump directly into a cool pool. Sweat also cools down the body upon evaporation, so doing this slowly and naturally will help users avoid shock.

How Saunas Work

Far infrared heat is a new innovation in saunas. It simulates the heat from the sun, which exists inside a range of frequencies. The safer ones, like infrared, hit the body and give it a feeling of wellness. It penetrates only so far in order to heal damaged tissue and increase circulation. That’s why sunbathers have a flushed appearance. Far infrared heat acts in conjunction with the body to increase body temperature. This will make people sweat, which will accomplish about 20% more than the ordinary 1% people sweat on a daily basis. Sauna users enjoy the benefits of increased circulation, better heart health and oxygenated blood being pumped into the body without targeted exercise to create the sweat that cools the body.

The saunas are constructed of basswood hypoallergenic FSC-certified timber. Made in a corner design, the units have ergonomically designed benches that can be removed. The sealing of the unit ensures no gasses or other toxins from commercially produced glues or other fastening methods will pollute the user’s atmosphere. Truly a green sauna, the unit even has bamboo carbon heater covers. Full-spectrum infrared heating is available through side and floor heaters, with 98% infrared emissivity. Units may be customised with preset wellness programmes, acoustic resonance therapy as well as biofeedback accessories. LCD touchscreen and CD/DVD technology may be included in the customisation package. Yes, sweating can be healthy and saunas are a great way to get more than the daily recognised allowance of detoxifying sweat.


A Guide to Running


With the summer finally upon us, there is no excuse to burrow back into your duvet and forget all about that early morning run. It is time to throw back the door, lace up your running shoes and get moving. But before you hit the streets, it is vital that you prepare your body to avoid sustaining an injury. Follow these simple tips to improve your fitness and ensure your run is as enjoyable as possible …

Rework the Diet

Believe it or not, diet can actually be key to a successful run. The impact of running places a great deal of pressure on joints, muscles and tendons and carrying extra bodyweight can increase this pressure significantly. By improving your diet, you can lose weight and in turn ease the pressure on your body. Before a run, try to avoid unhealthy, fatty foods as these are difficult for your body to break down, which can leave you feeling lethargic and demotivated.  Likewise, running on an empty stomach can leave you feeling unwell. Instead, opt for foods that contain carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats, as these are excellent stores of energy that will sustain you for the length of your run. Remember to drink lots of water too, to keep hydrated.

Kit up

As well as preparing your body, it is essential that you have the correct equipment for your run. Footwear is the most important factor to consider before a run. An ill-fitting, unsuitable or uncomfortable trainer can lead to discomfort and could potentially lead to an injury. These Nike running shoes, available from Millet Sports, are a good all-rounder that you can use for everyday wear as well as running. With a thick sole to cushion the foot, the breathable material of these shoes keep the feet cool whilst the reflective stripes make sure you are safe and seen. Also, invest in some specialist running clothing that are specially designed to maintain your body temperature, keeping you cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather.

Quality over Quantity

Whilst you may want to dive straight into running, the trick is to build up your running ability and the length of your routes gradually. Starting with an overly ambitious distance can not only cause injury and tiredness, but potentially discourage you from running again. Start with manageable length runs that will ease you in and try to break up your running with low impact activities like swimming or biking. These are easier on the body and are perfect to give your body a break whilst still building strength.

By following all of these tips, you will be in prime condition to start running and building up your fitness.

Top 3 Exercises When Heavily Pregnant

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To stay healthy and feel at your best, all woman must take part in regular exercise and a balanced diet, especially when pregnant. Maintaining a regular exercise routine can make you feel at your best when your body is going through dramatic changes. While heavily pregnant, it can also improve your posture and decrease some of the most common discomforts like backaches and fatigue.

If you were physically active before becoming pregnant, you should be able to continue exercising in moderation, remembering not to push yourself and do what’s comfortable now. If you have never exercised regularly before you can always start during your pregnancy after consulting with a doctor first. If you’re either an expert or beginner, here are the three top exercises you can do whilst heavily pregnant:

1, Swimming

Swimming is an enjoyable and safe way to exercise while you’re pregnant, as it improves your circulation, increases your strength while building muscle and adding to your stamina – which helps during labour. One reason many mothers-to-be continue swimming up until their third-trimester is because they almost feel weightless, taking all the pressure off the joints whilst keeping you cool. When getting closer to your due date, try some maternity swimwear to make you feel more comfortable while exercising.

2, Walking

This is the best form of exercise for when you’re pregnant, as walking will keep you fit without hurting your knees of ankles. This is especially good if you were inactive before becoming pregnant, as you can slowly start walking at your own pace and length. When in your third-trimester you can keep up your walking routine – making sure you stay on even, flat paths and preferably near your home in case of an emergency.

3, Exercise Ball

Using a birth exercise ball can help you prepare for giving birth as well as help accustom your body to exercise again after labour. Using one of these balls whilst heavily pregnant can help strengthen your pelvic muscles,helping you in preparation for childbirth. It can also ease you back into regular exercise after your 6 week check. You should go for a ball that supports at least 250-300 pounds and has the must-have feature called anti-burst.

These exercises carry very little risk of injury, benefit your entire body, prevent discomforts and can be continued right up until birth.