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Functions of Skin

Why do we sweat?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered

    Sweating is the body's way of staying at a consistent temperature. Specifically, sweat works as a coolant for the body as it is released on the skin. As the sweat evaporates, the body's temperature is lowered.

  • AMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered

    In a way, our skin acts as our third kidney, detoxifying our bodies. When we exert ourselves, not only do we sweat to cool our bodies, but we also increase blood flow, which releases toxins. Though it may not be so great on silk blouses and stair climbers, sweat is something you need to do regularly - not just because of the cardiovascular and fat-frying benefits of exercise, but also because of its body-cleansing function. By the way, we can generate as much as a gallon of sweat in two hours.

  • The main reason for our bodies to sweat is to cool it off as our temp raises so we don't overheat. This is especially true during exercise and in hot climates. So just remember to stay hydrated.
  • Sweat is the body's way to help cool your body and maintain body temperature. It can also be a response to stress or anxiety and helps you body clear toxins.
  • ASusan Evans, Dermatology, answered
    The human body is covered with sweat glands and we sweat to regulate our temperature if we’re too hot; we also sweat when we are anxious, nervous, or stressed. Two places we notice sweating are the palms of our hands and the soles of our feet.
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