The Skin: Receptor of Heat
Human skin is a membrane that protects you from the environment, and is the outer limit of your self-concept. Your skin tells you everything you need to know to function properly on this earth. It gives and receives information, i.e. the stove is HOT! Your skin is also a big way that you receive love. How much you were lovingly touched as a baby leads to bonded, secure assurance that you are ok. Abuse received leads to long term emotional pain and suffering, creating stress for a lifetime.
Adult human skin is about as big a full size bed sheet (average thickness is 3/8”) and it is a two-way membrane. It absorbs and discharges both. At warm temperatures, skin absorbs. At higher temperatures, your skin discharges through pores connected to an approximate 2 million sweat glands. Human Skin has been labeled as your third excretory function, created by heavy sweat. Have you gone Number Three today?
Soaking in hot water stimulates your skin all at once. Your skin actually loves to soak. The heat in the water raises the temperature of your skin, as well as the sweat glands buried inside. Human tissue expands when exposed to heat, so the glands expand slightly. These glands have “tails” that penetrate into your inner tissue, and end in the salt water the comprises 75% your body. Salt water dissolves things and brings them into solution. It makes sense that the deep sweat that is created by soaking, is pulling toxicity from your body. This function actually cleans your pores by rinsing them with salt water from inside your body coming out through the pores. Click here for more information.
When you submerge your body in hot water, the heat penetrates to your core. The water acts as an insulator, and holds the heat in, until you get out of the soak. This allows for a quite rapid increase in body temperature and creates a false, or hot water induced, temporary fever. In your skin, the sweat glands get the message and get to work removing toxins that have built up in your interstitial fluid, or “Body Water”. As the fever comes out, so do the toxins!
Simple soaking in hot water up to your chin for 7 to 10 minutes is all it takes to begin the process of removing a lifetime of stored toxins. Maybe after soaking many times we will begin to rid ourselves of yesterday’s toxin instead 30 years or more years of toxic build up. Your body will thank your skin for removing this load on your body and your health. We need to begin a serious detoxifying program, and soaking is the least costly means of doing so. It also feels very good all around, and leads to many other health benefits. Soaking is a great way to increase your comfort and ease of movement. Detoxification if one very important aspect of Self-Maintenance you can not afford to ignore.
“New research is revealing something remarkable about why the body sweats. Beyond its obvious role in regulating body temperature, sweating has been found to facilitate the elimination of accumulated heavy metals and petrochemicals, indicating that if we want to be healthy we should put regular effort into doing more sweating.” Sayer Ji founder of Green Med Info.
When soaking, heat goes into your body while you are submerged. It reaches your bone marrow and stimulates you immune system. Once you get out of the tub, the heat comes out, and you sweat for an extended period of time. The temporary fever soaking creates kills live material that can harm you. The heat also can force muscle systems to expand and relax, letting go of stress. Stress Kills…so soaking creates a detoxification, stimulates immunity to diseases, and takes stress out of your body. We want you to increase your resilience and hardiness, which will lead to a higher quality of life. It also has been shown to reduce and eliminate pain from auto-immune diseases like arthritis and fibro myalgia.