Sweating: Your Ticket to Looking and Feeling Better

Saunas have been used in many cultures for centuries to help people feel better, look better, be healthier and live longer.That's because sweating is good for you. Although we are bombarded with advertisements telling us "Never let 'em see you sweat", the fact is that sweating is one of the healthiest things you can do.

I'm not talking about nervous sweating that leads to under-arm stains and clammy palms. I'm talking about pouring-out-of-your pores sweat. Literally. The skin is the body's largest organ. It is responsible for many functions that keep us alive and healthy. One of the important functions it serves is to eliminate toxins from our body. Sweat not only helps cool us, it also carries normal biological waste as well as environmental toxins out of our cells. Helping this process by using a sauna on a daily basis, or as close to daily as you can, is one of the best ways to get your body clean and vibrant. Using a sauna every day will make your skin glow, help you lose weight, help you sleep better, improve your immune system, improve circulation and help you relax. If you are new to using a sauna, it is important to check with your medical professional first to make sure it's okay for you to start using this life-enhancing tool. You can buy a pre-made sauna, or build your own, or use one at a local gym or health club. What's important is to do it. You can gently stretch in the sauna, increasing the many benefits of using the sauna. Do a few easy twists, a mild forward bend, and some shoulder stretches. Make sure to drink plenty of water, during and after the sauna and add some fresh squeezed-lemon to the water to multiply the detoxifying effects of the sauna. Start slow, 10 minutes a day for the first 4 or 5 days is fine. Then move up to 20 minutes for another few days, and add 10 minutes every 2-3 days until you can comfortably stay in the sauna for an hour. Listen to your body and take breaks whenever you need them. You won't believe how good you feel when you start to sweat every day!

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