View Full Version : is sweating part of detox?
07-07-2007, 01:17 AM
Hi everyone! I read these boards all the time, and have finally decided to post after another day of excessive sweating!
I have been 100% raw for about 6 weeks and after about the 3rd week I have been sweating like no other! I mean, I will literally feel the heat start at the bottom of my feet and surge through me and I will not be able to stop sweating. It is actually really uncomfortable and I am talking about the kind of sweating where you can see the dark spots on my clothes, as if I had been running uphill in the desert.
It will happen anywhere, at anytime, for no real reason. I am not nervous or anxious. I just get so darn hot and my body will not calm down for awhile. I also wake up sweating to the point where my head and hair are dripping.
It does not smell, which I guess is a good thing, but I am getting a little bit concerned, as I have not read of this as a detox symptom others have shared?
Has anyone else heard of this or experienced it, or maybe I have just *special* (which is OK, too): Thanks
07-07-2007, 02:19 AM
I don't really have an answer... but this is my experience:
I have always sweated very very little, i would go to the gym in the past and after an intende gym session I would be very red in my face and no sweat coming out... this year (but i have been 4 years raw now) something changed, I sweat so much now and it is so strange to me... but I like it, because the toxins are finally leaving me, so it maybe a way for your body to help with detox. I think it is a positive thing :)
07-07-2007, 07:29 AM
Yes, sweating can be part of detox. Drink lots of water and take lots of baths.
What's the temperature? Yesterday it hit 34 and today it's expected to be 33. I was out in the sun and was starting to sweat. I don't produce much heat in summer and have trouble in air conditioning.
07-07-2007, 10:49 PM
The skin is one of the body's eliminative organs, and is the largest. I thought you might find the following interesting about our body's system for elimination. It's pretty fascinating:
MAJOR ORGANS OF ELIMINATION
Although every cell of the body has "workers" that assist in removing waste from the cell, certain organs specialize in waste management. Below are the major organs and ways that you can assist them during the initial detoxification period.
COLON. The colon is the solid-waste management organ in the body. Medical specialists have found individuals who have up to eighty pounds of mucas and rubber-like waste impacted along the walls of this organ. An autopsy of the actor John Wayne, revealed 44 pounds of fecal matter impacted in his colon that contributed to his death.
Cleaning out the colon can be a tough job. You can support your colon's efforts to rid itself of stored waste with colon hydro-therapies that use wheatgrass implants. These are highly effective in reducing negative
KIDNEYS. The kidneys are the water management organs. The kidneys are responsible for keeping the chemistry of the blood alkaline by filtering out the dissolved acid wastes. You can assist your kidneys by drinking plenty of purified water and fresh alkaline juices. Consume a minimum of one-half ounce alkaline juice per pound of body weight on a daily basis. Alkaline juices include cucumber juice, celery juice, sunflower green juice, and buckwheat sprout green juice.
LIVER. The liver is the recycling center of the body. This organ sorts out toxins and sends them to the appropriate organ for elimination. If the principal elimination organs is backed up, the liver will redirect the toxins as best it can. Wheatgrass implants offer a direct shot in the arm to the liver and help it pull toxins out of the blood more quickly.
LUNGS. The lungs are the bloods air purifier. They introduce oxygen directly into the bloodstream and, at the same time, remove waste gasses that are produced in every cell in the body. Deep breathing from the diaphragm is most helpful to the lungs. It is also important to breathe in smog-free oxygen. If you live in the city, try to find an oxygen-rich environment where you can perform aerobic exercises.
LYMPH. The lymph glands are the major “garbage arteries" in the body. The intricate network of tubing is the one that carries the bulk of waste from the cells of the body to the final elimination organs. Major lymphatic glands are the appendix, spleen, thymus, and tonsils. These glands tend to swell during detoxification. Regular exercise (both aerobic and resistence) and massage are beneficial to the lymphatic system. Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute and transport the toxins through the body.
SKIN. The skin is the elimination organ with the largest surface area. In addition to regulating temperature and body moisture content, the skin often functions as a backup for the other elimination organs. If the colon is clogged, for example, toxins may try to escape through skin rashes, acne, and other skin disorders. Exercise, dry skin brushing, massage, and drinking plenty of fluids all encourage the skin to breathe, perspire and thus release toxins.
07-08-2007, 02:26 AM
Yes, sweating can be part of detox. If this is not something you were experiencing prior to raw, it sounds like that might be what it is for you.
I have always been a "sweater." Since 8th grade I would sweat a LOT, mostly on my feet, hands, & under my arms - never smelly, just lots of moisture. Not exactly the sexiest thang to attract those cute 9th grade boys is it? I learned that dark clothes hide sweat, and layering helps a lot! I also started using those super anti-perspirants, but i obviously gave those up cuz i would rather be sweaty than apply aluminum to my body! Going raw, eliminating sugar, and incorporating chinese medicine/accupuncture into my raw plan has helped immensely. Now I sweat at appropriate times, and on occasion at those random unexpected times. I can wear most clothes though and it's better.
If it is really detox for you, it might help to engage in activities that will let your body sweat like it wants to! Taking HOT baths is great for this, saunas, cardio exercise. Also be sure your other elimiative organs are processing great (ya know, make sure you're poopin), and that might help direct the toxins out of the colon.
07-08-2007, 09:45 AM
Hi Cherry Tree,
I've been having that problem,too, but I'm in my early forties, and I now think I'm in perimenopause. How old are you?
07-08-2007, 02:35 PM
Wow, thanks so much for all of the responses! I really appreciate it. After reading what everyone has said, I definately think it is part of the detoxification process and I like the idea of encouraging it, like in a sauna and I am so glad to be reminded about the dry skin brushing.
Pretty scary about the 44 lbs of impacted fecal matter. Wow!!! That sounds so awful and makes me so happy we have all embarked on this powerful journey!
Thanks again so much!!! It definately helps to be so supported and not feel like I am some sweaty beast :)
08-21-2011, 06:58 PM
Yeah I totally agree with Pierre! Sweating is part of detoxifying your body..
Drink a lot of water and it helps you!!
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