Did you know…that you can boost your lymphatic system…improve your circulation…regenerate your cells…eliminate cellulite…and give your skin a radiant and glowing appearance easily…by using the dry brushing technique?
Dry Brushing Offers Powerful Detoxification
The skin is the body’s largest organ of elimination. Your skin is able to eliminate as much as one-fourth of the total toxins that your body filters out–up to 2 pounds of waste each day! But in order for your skin to do its job, it needs to be kept healthy and de-congested.
That’s why health experts recommend a very simple technique called dry brushing. It involves the use of a soft natural bristle brush to gently remove dead skin cells.
Dr. Gloria Gilbère, a renowned natural health practitioner, explains the value of dry brushing this way: “[With] today’s sedentary life-style, general lack of exercise, and use of antiperspirants…toxins and metabolic waste products become trapped in the body instead of being released with sweat.” Dry brushing stimulates the sweat glands and exfoliates the skin.
Benefits of Dry Brushing:
- Faster elimination of toxins
- Improved blood flow and circulation
- Reduced cellulite
- Accelerated lymphatic flow
- Exfoliation of the skin
- Cell regeneration
- Stimulates sebaceous glands
- Boosts immune system
- Opens pores and cleanses skin
The “Second Circulatory System”
One of the most important benefits of dry brushing is the stimulation of the lymphatic system, sometimes called the “second circulatory system.” The lymphatic system cleans up the waste created by virtually all the other systems of the body. The human body has twice as much lymph fluid than it has blood. But unlike the circulatory system, which has the heart to keep the blood flowing, the lymphatic system does not have a ‘pump’ to push the lymph fluids around the body. It relies on our breathing and movement in order to perform its function of protecting the body by removing dead cells, blood proteins and any other toxins…and excreting them from the body.
If the movement of the lymph were to stop entirely for 24 hours, one would die as a result of the trapped toxins and proteins surrounding our cells.
Dry brushing your skin will stimulate and improve the lymphatic system. Since the flow of lymph easily becomes sluggish—especially if you don’t do rebounding exercises, or do deep breathing (the 2 activities that keep lymph circulating properly), dry brushing can enhance the flow of lymph through your body.
Increased lymph flow benefits your health in many ways, because it…
- Rejuvenates the white blood cells
- Stimulates the liver, pancreas, and thyroid
- Improves digestion
- Cleanses the kidneys and joints
- Increases immunity
- Helps the body fight diseases
Dry brushing also improves blood circulation itself, and helps to release toxins from the skin—keeping them from circulating throughout your body.
Eliminates Cellulite—and Improves the Appearance and Texture of Your Skin
Not only does dry brushing detoxify your body…it also dramatically improves the feel and look of your skin. It does this by first, removing dead skin cells, thereby allowing the skin to breath and absorb nutrients. Second, it increases blood flow and flushes out toxins, which helps prevent and eliminate cellulite (which is caused by stored toxins). Dry brushing will lead to smoother, healthier-looking skin—especially on your hips and thighs.
How to Do the Dry Brushing Technique
Health experts recommend a brush with natural bristles made from boar hair or plant fiber (or even a loofah). Synthetic bristles can cause irritation—and should be avoided.
The actual brushing process is quite simple, and should take no more than 5 minutes. Experts have many specific patterns and recommendations, but in general, they advise the following method:
1. Start at your feet and brush gently in small circular motions from toes to heel.
2. Continue up each leg, and as you reach your waist, turn your strokes slightly inward towards your groin (where lymph nodes are located).
3. To brush your arms, start at the finger tips and brush all the way up to your shoulders and armpits.
4. Next, brush your back from lower to upper.
5. Brush your stomach (downward strokes from navel toward hips and upward strokes from navel toward chest, avoiding breasts).
6. Rinse off, and take a shower for the best possible results.
Dry brushing will be most effective if done at least twice weekly. However, more frequent dry brushing will bring faster results. The direction of the strokes is important because it targets and stimulates the lymphatic system more effectively than brushing at random. If you want to dry brush your face, experts recommend a softer brush or a dry wash cloth. Brushing should be even gentler on the soft, sensitive facial skin.