Sweet Summer Sweat

We may not always think of it as such, but our skin is our largest organ and our first line of defense.  Our skin, however, has many other jobs.

With the record setting temperatures across the US over the past few weeks, it makes perfect sense to discuss the temperature-regulating responsibility of our skin.

Sweating begins at approximately 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit and increases as the skin temperature rises.  The perspiration then evaporates from the surface of the skin and your body is effectively cooling itself.

Your whole body benefits from sweating, but your skin specifically can benefit.  Your pores open and unclog thus removing many impurities from the surface layers.   It is healthy and cleansing and has even been suggested that regular sweating followed by proper cleansing can keep your skin looking more youthful!

During these hot times, it is vital to remain hydrated.  A suggested daily intake guideline is to divide your weight in pounds by half.  That is the number of ounces recommended for your daily intake.  For example, a 150 pound person would benefit from 75 ounces of water daily.  Go green and consider a counter-top water filter and a refillable bottle you can carry with you.  Many people tend to drink larger quantities when they use a straw.  You can squeeze a lemon or lime into your water or perhaps a little pure cranberry juice to aid in the detoxification process and keep electrolytes and minerals in check along with adding natural flavor and vitamins.  Find what works for you and drink up!

In addition to the above suggestions, consider the many fruits and vegetables that contain a large percentage of water:  Pears are 89% water, grapefruit is 90%, cantaloupe is 92%, tomato 94%, blueberries, celery, lettuce and pineapple an amazing 95% and watermelon and cucumbers are 96% water!  That’s a yummy alternative to drinking glass after glass of water!

Enjoy your summer and stay hydrated and healthy while sweating out your toxins!  Your body will thank you with a healthy glow!

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