Dry skin brushing is a gentle, yet highly effective way to detox your body on a regular basis. Dry Brushing was recommended by the Finnish Dr. Paavo Airola for his patients 30 years ago to aid in intestinal cleansing and overall healing. It also has a long history of practice in Russia, Japan, China and Scandinavia.

In today’s modern world it is more important than ever to actively detox our body on a daily basis. The beauty of dry skin brushing is that it will cost you no more than the price of a natural bristled brush and the commitment to practice it regularly.

Benefits of dry skin brushing

 

Aids in lymphatic drainage

Our skin is our largest organ and a powerful vehicle for eliminating toxins in the body. Toxins build up when our body is overloaded and unable to effectively eliminate them using its own natural processes. These toxins become stored as fat deposits, they negatively impact our hormones and compromise the function of cells leading to inflammation and disease.

The role of the lymphatic system is to eliminate cellular waste products. It collects waste from our tissues and transports it to our blood for elimination. This is called lymphatic drainage. The lymphatic system is also involved in the production of immune cells such as lymphocytes, monocytes, and antibody producing cells called plasma cells.[1]

When we dry skin brush, we are stimulating the lymphatic system to release toxins and remove them from our body. At the same time, we are supporting our immune system by increasing the production of antibodies that help to fight infection.

Lymph nodes are situated throughout the body but the largest groupings are found in the neck, armpits, and groin areas so remember to focus on these areas when brushing.[2] The lymph system flows towards the heart so it’s important to brush in the same direction: always towards the heart.

A daily dry skin brush is an easy way to support lymphatic drainage and the detoxification process.

 

Increases circulation

Dry skin brushing increases circulation to the skin and supports the body’s discharge of metabolic wastes. If our skin cannot “breathe” and if it is clogged with dead skin cells, it will then be unable to effectively remove toxins. Along with exercise, dry skin brushing is an excellent way to increase circulation and support detoxification.

 

Rejuvenates the nervous system

Nerve endings in the skin become stimulated when you dry skin brush and this helps to rejuvenate our nervous system with much needed blood flow and increased circulation.

At Mindfully Nourished we are particularly interested in the internal benefits of dry skin brushing, as outlined above, that support our detoxification, circulation and nervous system. In addition, dry skin brushing also has wonderful external benefits, as it can help to:

  • Exfoliate the skin leaving it soft and supple
  • Remove cellulite
  • Tighten and rejuvenate the skin

How to Dry Skin Brush

  • Use a natural bristle brush, preferably one with a long handle and a detachable head with a hand strap.
  • Brush once a day before a shower while your skin is dry and unclothed.
  • Always brush in the direction towards your heart
  • Start with your feet first and work upward
  • Move from your hands towards your shoulders with long sweeping strokes.
  • Move onto your torso while continuing to overlap your brush strokes several times in each area.
  • Brush you lower and upper back, continuing in the direction towards your heart.
  • Do not brush any broken or sensitive areas of your skin.
  • Keep your brush clean by washing it with soapy water at least once a week and allowing it to dry thoroughly, preferably in the sun.

Dry skin brushing is an easy way to help our body remove toxins and at the same time boost our immune system. Add to that the external benefits of softer, more supple skin, what’s not to love?

 

[1] https://www.lgdalliance.org/the-lymphatic-system/

[2] http://www.emedicinehealth.com/image gallery/lymph_nodes_picture/images.htm

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