Dry Brushing for Health
BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSHING
Dry brushing has been used for centuries as a way to detoxify, exfoliate and stimulate the skin. While it has critics, many doctors and health gurus suggest otherwise. The skin is our largest organ. Not only does it absorb a great deal of what goes onto it, it also eliminates a large amount of waste acids from the body. This is why the skin is termed the third kidney.
Imagine the amount of work the skin does to keep our body running efficiently. It makes sense that a simple change in morning routine might be worth trying. Some of the touted benefits of dry brushing include:
Reduction of cellulite
More efficient lymphatic system
Strengthens the immune system (many include it in a cancer or chronic disease treatment plan)
Stimulates glands, circulation, nervous system and digestion
HOW TO DRY BRUSHIt is best to dry brush daily. Many people choose to dry brush before their morning shower or bath, so they can then wash off the skin and impurities that were removed. Start with a dry body and work towards the heart in long sweeping motions to not put pressure on the valves within your veins. Many start at their feet and brush up their legs, then move to brushing from hands to the shoulders, and finish with upward or circular motions on the stomach and back. Avoid any sensitive areas or open wounds, and be sure to adjust pressure as needed. Take advantage of a handled brush so you can access your back and other hard to reach areas. Finally, be sure to let your brush drain properly after use, and clean as needed.
You may find it beneficial to further stimulate the skin by taking a shower with alternating hot and cold water. You can also vigorously towel dry after showering or bathing. Lastly, moisturize with a natural oil or body butter.
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