We’ve all heard this one. Spend some time in a sauna and just sweat that cold right out of you. Even worse, some old alcoholic swearing he can sweat out a cold by drinking a half pint and bundling up in bed for the night. It’s a scary thought and potentially dangerous, but is there any basis in the truth? Let’s see what a little research can unearth. Is it possible to sweat out a cold? Or, shall we chalk another one up to the old wives?
Alcohol and Colds
Anyone with a little common sense can see this is a recipe for disaster. Drinking heavily while sick just doesn’t make sense. Aren’t you lightheaded enough? True, the alcohol may relieve a bit of the pain but it does nothing to cleanse your system. In fact, the damage to your liver may make it difficult to fight the colds in your future.
Wrapping Up and Sweating It Out
The idea is that you wrap up in a blanket and raise your body temperature. As you sweat in your cozy blanket, the toxins seep out of you. This theory would be great if colds were caused by toxins. They’re not. Colds are caused by a virus. So sweating out a cold by wrapping up in blankets is not only stuffy and miserable, it’s ineffective.
If you don’t want to be smothered in your hot miserable blanket, perhaps a sauna would help you sweat out a cold. No matter how you choose to bring on the sweat, I’m afraid it won’t help you a bit. You can’t sweat out a cold by heavy drinking. You can’t sweat out a cold by wrapping in heavy blankets. You can’t sweat out a cold by sitting in the sauna. Can you sweat out a cold with exercise? No, but exercise might help in other ways.
You may not be able to sweat old a cold, but exercising can relieve symptoms, according to new research. The adrenaline boost you get from exercising is the reason. Research also shows that exercising regularly can boost your immune system. If you have something worse than a cold, though, it’s not a great idea to overexert yourself. The best advice is to do whatever makes you feel better when you have a cold. Take care of yourself and don’t try to sweat it out.