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Sweating can help prevent infections, decrease risk of heat stroke

In these hot days of summer, many can find themselves breaking a sweat just doing simple activities outdoors / Brittany Collins (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- In these hot days of summer, many can find themselves breaking a sweat just doing simple activities outdoors.

Some think that sweating is dirty, so it must be harmful to the body.

However, Navicent Health ER Physican Zeke Terrell said that this is not true. He said that sweating can actually help to prevent infections, decrease the risk of heat stroke and cool your body down.

Terrell said that sweating helps to open up your pores and clear them out, which can help reduce acne as well as other skin conditions such as warts.

Additionally, he said that it can help to detoxify your body by flushing out alcohol, cholesterol, salt and other toxins.

Sweating can also release endorphins into your body, which is the chemical that makes you feel happy when you are active.

However, Terrell said that when you sweat, you have you make sure you are keeping your body hydrated by drinking water.

This is especially important when temperatures are high, as they are predicted to be this weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for much of Middle Georgia on Saturday.

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