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Does sweating detoxify your body and help remove toxins?

August 24, 2017
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We have often heard that sweating helps in detoxifying the body.

We see people going crazy for saunas and steam baths but is there any proof that sweating really removes toxins off the body?



Well, its just a psychological feeling that makes you feel good. When you sweat, you recognize that you’re working hard either by working out or simply moving. That’s what makes you feel great.

Dr Harriet Hall, a retired family physician and former air force flight surgeon says that sweat indeed is a composition of heavy metals and chemicals and water but what’s important to note here is that the concentration of these chemicals is very low.

Sweat is 99% water and 1% chemicals.

Also, the amount of toxins that our liver and kidney release is anyway way higher than that released while sweating. They accomplish their important task during your time in the loo.

According to Donald Smith (a professor of environmental toxicology at UC Santa Cruz, who studies treatments for metal poisoning) almost all toxic metals in the body are excreted through urine or feces.

To add to it, there isn’t any evidence that shows that releasing these little amounts of toxins via sweat improves health.

Wonder why do I say so?

Imagine a situation where you have a pool of water. Removing a little amount of water from the pool via a dropper would definitely reduce the water level but by what amount? Won’t it be way too less significant?

The same is the case with human’s sweat. Although toxins are removed off the body but the amount of toxin removed is way too less to make it significant enough.

So if you still feel inclined to spend thousands of dollars on one of their saunas, don’t expect to rid yourself of toxins. Perhaps save yourself some cash with a trip to the restroom instead. Leave the detoxifying to your liver and kidneys.


To put it short, the next time you get into some workout routine or saunas etc, don’t forget to hydrate your body enough. Drink plenty of water before and after the workout so that when you sweat, you don’t dehydrate.


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