FROM promoting healthy hair growth to boosting sexual attraction, Brits are being urged to work up a sweat more often in order to enjoy eight surprising benefits of perspiring.

Sweating often causes many people embarrassment, but it's actually really good for you.

Testogen have researched and revealed why we should embrace getting hot and sweaty, as it can seriously aid health and general wellness.

Not only does perspiring release feel good hormones that can improve your mood, but it also helps fight germs and unclogs dirty pores.

It can even help to keep kidney stones at bay, and research shows that women who get their heart rate up and sweat more during menopause have fewer episodes of hot flushes.

A spokesperson for Testogen said: “The body uses sweat to regulate temperature and cool the body during times of stress. This can be due to anxiety, elevated body temperature like when you have a fever or you’re in the sauna, or just the positive stress of working out.

“And sweating isn’t usually associated with good things. If you get sweaty at school, work or just out and about you’re likely left red faced, embarrassed, and paranoid that you have sweat marks or BO.

“But the almost 1 litre of sweat our bodies produce per day has numerous benefits – from detoxifying the body to promoting healthy hair growth.”

Release toxins

Sweating helps us release toxins from our system. Experts agree we mainly release excess salt, cholesterol and alcohol, which means that unfortunately it’s true – a sweaty workout really can help with hangovers.

Fights germs

Sweat spreads highly efficient antibiotics on to skin. So, if you’re wounded by a small cut, a scratch, or a bug bite, antibiotic agents secreted in sweat glands can help to kill germs, such as dermcidin.

Prevents kidney stones

People with a diet that’s too high in fat and salt, and who have difficulty emptying their bladder on a regular basis, are more susceptible to kidney stones. Passing kidney stones is said to be excruciating – the pain’s been dubbed worse than childbirth. Drinking lots of water and exercising regularly can help control the onset of kidney stones. Sweating during exercise causes the body to demand more hydration which in turn keeps the kidneys flushed.

Clears skin

When you sweat, it opens up the pores on your face which releases unhealthy bacteria. By purging the body of toxins than can clog pores and plague the skin with pimples and blemishes, your skin is guaranteed to be smoother and healthier looking. In addition to preventing zits and spots, sweating also helps prevent rashes and irritated skin — both of which are often caused when built-up grime settles back into your pores.

Releases feel good hormones

Research suggests that when your body heats up and sweats, neurons are released in the brain that can improve your mood. It’s also well documented that exercise can help reduce symptoms of depression.

Boosts sexual attraction

When sweat is excreted, it carries certain pheromones with it. While our noses may not be able to notice the scent, our brains do. Research conducted by the University of California at Berkeley found when women sniffed a chemical found in sweat - androstadienone - they experienced elevated levels of hormones that increases sexual arousal.

Promote healthy hair growth

Sweating from your scalp helps unclog your hair follicles, allowing room for new hair growth. It also opens up the pores on your scalp, releasing any build-up inside your pores that could be stunting the growth of your hair. It’s important to note though, that while sweating does open up your hair follicles to promote new hair growth, the salty sweat build-up on your scalp is not good for your hair. Salty sweat build-up contains lactic acid, which when mixed with the keratin in your hair can cause damage. So, while it’s important to exercise regularly so that your scalp sweats, it’s also just as important to wash your hair after your workout so any excess sweat isn’t sitting on your head for a long time.

Reduces menopause symptoms

Oestrogen dominance is thought to be the culprit behind hot flushes in menopausal women, but sweating may be the answer. Researchers found that women who got their heart rate up and sweated during menopause had fewer episodes of hot flushes.