Dry body brushing, have you heard of it? It’s an amazing way to start your day and detox your body. I do this religiously and it not only feels good, it has great benefits for inside your body. Your skin is your largest organ and what you put on your skin goes directly to your bloodstream. Your skin is made up of glands, nerves and cell layers that protect your body from chemicals. Here are great benefits to dry body brushing and will benefit your overall health.
- Stimulates your lymphatic system
I think this is definitely the most important benefit of dry skin brushing. Your lymph system removes waste from your body, think of it as your drainage system. If you lymph system is backed up with toxins you can get very sick. Many people have swollen lymph glands that are never released of toxins, that can lead to cancer of the lymph. Along with rebounding on a mini trampoline, dry skin brushing will stimulate your lymphatic system and help it flush toxins out.
2. Stimulates circulation
Many times you wake up in the morning and are stiff from the workout the night before or having arthritis or other conditions that my cause stagnant circulation in your body. Dry brushing helps to get your blood circulating helping muscle function, starts your digestion going and removes metabolic wastes from your skin.
3. Exfoliates/helps get rid of cellulite
Dry skin brushing removes dead skin and unclogs pores creating clearer and smoother skin. For cellulite it softens hardened fat deposits under the skin that cause the appearance of cellulite,and deposits them evenly.
4. Stimulated digestion and kidney function
Dry brushing massages the lymph nodes which help with bloating and shedding excess water from the body, stimulates the kidney to release toxins, therefore removing toxins from the bloodstream also.
Dry Brushing: How to Do It(sourced by drmercola.com)
First you’ll need a high-quality dry brush. Look for one with bristles made from natural materials. They should feel stiff but not overly so. Ideally, choose a brush with a long handle so you can reach your entire back and other hard-to-reach spots.
Dry skin brushing should be done daily for best results, or even twice a day if you like. Try incorporating it into your normal daily routine, such as doing your brushing before your morning shower and then again after work (avoid doing it too close to bedtime, as it may leave you feeling energized).
When brushing, always brush toward your heart, which is best for circulation and your lymphatic system. You can brush your entire body (including the soles of your feet). Start at your feet and work your way up your legs to your arms, chest, back, and stomach. Avoid brushing your face (unless you have a special brush designed for this delicate skin), your genitals, or any areas with irritations or abrasions (including varicose veins).
The pressure you apply while brushing your skin should be firm but not painful (avoid “scrubbing”). Your skin should be pink after a session (not red or irritated) and you can brush for as long (or as little) as you’d like. An average dry brushing session may last between two and 20 minutes. (dr. mercola)
Hope you enjoyed this article and will begin your own dry brushing routine daily! This is the dry brush that I use here.