|Debunking The Sweat-To-Detox Myth|
Any good health care professional--no matter how "natural"--knows that when it comes to health myths, they don't come any more wrong (or popular) than the myth that says sweating in spas and saunas is a good way to eliminate toxins. And recently the website HealthDay tackled just that myth.
The article quotes an Indiana professor names Rachel Vreeman. Vreeman is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Indiana School of Medicine but you probably know her better as the author of Don't Swallow Your Gum!: Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health.
In her interview, Vreeman highlights a few facts that legitimate professionals (yes, even us "natural" ones) already know. For example, she reminds people that the liver, kidneys and lymphatic system are your body's REAL detox system.
She doesn't, however, present the one basic truth that can easily debunk the myth of detoxing through sweat once and for all--your sweat glands can't possibly play a significant role in the detoxification process of your lymphatic system because the two aren't even connected.
Are we saying sweat lodges, saunas and steam rooms are bad for you? Of course not. But they won't "detox" you. The best way to do that, say doctors, is to drink plenty of fluids and make a deliberate attempt to get the nutrients that support your body's REAL detox systems.