I love to sweat. Whether from basking in the midday sun (yes, I lay out in the sun), an outdoor run, a dancing marathon, or a sauna session, breaking a sweat feels cleansing and refreshing.
Sweating is a purifying act that cleanses the body and clears the mind. We are saturated every day with toxins from air, food, environment and water, and sweating allows us to get rid of them — chemicals and heavy metals like urea, nickel, excess zinc and ammonia.
By opening up the pores, enhancing circulation and washing away dead skin cells and bacteria, the process of sweating is beneficial for the skin and can result in a glowing, healthy complexion.
I recently experienced a lovely day at The Russian and Turkish Baths, one of my favorite places to visit in Miami. This underground labyrinth is modeled on the baths found all over the European and Asian continents and the ones originally indulged in by the Ancient Greeks and Romans.
Underneath a Miami Beach resort called The Castle, these baths are relaxing, and, according to the Miami New Times, a great place to meet singles. You wear a swimsuit and, for $35, can stay for hours. The baths are open every day until midnight and have a cafe/juice bar, a gym, a relaxation room, a hot tub filled with ocean salt water, an aromatherapy steam room, a hammam, a cold ‘polar bear’ room, cold water showers and pools, hydrotherapy rooms, opportunities for massages and treatments (like platza) and various other hot saunas like the infrared sauna, which penetrates deep into your cells.
Here are some benefits of infrared saunas:
- Causes weight loss
- Helps treat cellulite
- Improves your immune system
- Improves your strength and vitality
- Helps cure several skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis and acne
- Strengthens the cardio-vascular system
- Helps control your blood pressure
- Detoxifies your body
- Gives you more energy and relieves stress
- Helps treat burns and scars
- Relieves pain (joint pain, sore muscles, arthritis)
- Helps control your cholesterol level
- Helps treat bronchitis
- Helps treat hives (urticaria), gout, tissue damage, prostate hypertrophy
I happen to think that the FDA and the American Cancer Society and the like are incredibly corrupt. They think antiperspirants are fine and declared that people who think otherwise are perpetrating a hoax. Antiperspirants often contain strong chemicals and aluminum, which has been linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. It is not good to block your pores under your arms because your body needs to cleanse and this area is near your lymph nodes. Here is an article that explains further, but it is buried under four search term pages sponsored by these corporate-funded institutions that claim this is false. It is up to you to do the research and figure out what and who you want to believe.
I use this natural deoderant and it works great. As in, I smell good. Give it a try.
On a similar note, I love real rosewater and jasmine spray for my skin and hair, roll-on essential oils and this natural perfume — all found at Whole Foods. The majority of perfumes and colognes can be carcinogenic.
Your skin soaks up whatever you put on it — so go as natural as you can, and make sure to work up a sweat as often as possible.