Summer is here, and many of us are sweating it out even in our NON-hot yoga classes these days! As the body temperature rises, the nervous system works to stimulate the eccrine glands, which have the most density in the palms, soles, and head, to release sweat.
Many people do everything possible to prevent sweat from happening or being noticed, but really it is a very natural phenomenon that is healthy and brings balance to our bodies. In simplest terms, sweating is how the body cools off. The higher the body temperature rises, the more sweat is produced. It is also a way for the body to detoxify, most notably through our largest organ - the skin. Sweating helps to release pathogens and other toxins in the pores, and that is why people who practice yoga often enjoy such youthful, clear, and radiant skin.
A lesser known fact is that sweating boosts our immunity. As pathogens are passed by way of detoxification, the immune system receives a boost. Just as a fever wards off bacteria and other viruses, sweat allows excessive heat to release, along with toxins in the body.
Drinking lots of water helps to flush away the toxins and replenish the body's natural ability to sweat. So next time you are sitting in a toxin-squeezing twist stimulating your digestive and abdominal organs, or resting in an inversion draining fluids from your feet and legs back toward your heart, remember how important it is to re-hydrate following your practice.
Here are some of our favorite, all-natural, summer detox re-hydration recipes. Enjoy!
1. The Classical ~ Lemon/Cucumber
Mix in a glass pitcher: 10 cups water + 1 cucumber and 1 lemon, sliced thinly + 1/4 fresh finely chopped basil leaf + 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves. Refrigerate overnight before enjoying.
2. The Granite ~ Strawberry/Lime or Raspberry/Lime
Mix in a glass pitcher: 10 cups water + 6 strawberries or raspberries and one lime, sliced thinly + 12 finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Refrigerate overnight before enjoying.
3. The Antiox ~ Blackberry/Sage
(Note that aside from the berries, sage is the herb with the highest antioxidant content)
Mix in a glass pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cup of fresh blackberries that have been very slightly crushed, + 3 - 4 sage leaves. Refrigerate overnight before enjoying.
4. The WATERmelon ~ Watermelon/Rosemary
Mix in a glass pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cup of watermelon cut into cubes + 2 rosemary stems. Refrigerate overnight before enjoying.
5. The Exotic ~ Pineapple/Mint
Mix in a glass pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cup of pineapple cut into cubes + 12 fresh mint leaves finely chopped. Refrigerate overnight before enjoying.
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