The elimination of waste and toxins from your body greatly depends on your lymphatic system. This system carries lymph throughout the body; lymph is a clear-to-yellowish fluid made of lymphocytes and leukocytes, the cells that fight bacteria in the blood.
Another important part of the lymphatic system is the lymph nodes, which are a sort of filter stations located throughout the body, which filter the lymph and trap bacteria, viruses, cancer cells, and other harmful substances, ensuring their elimination from the body.
Your lymphatic system function can easily be compromised by lack of activity or sitting for too long. These risk factors not only reduce the effectiveness of your lymphatic system, but also lead to toxin buildup in your body.
If you want to restore or optimize your lymphatic system function, there are several ways to do it. Exercising is by far the best solution to improving the function of your lymphatic system. If however, your busy schedule doesn’t allow you to follow a regular workout routine, dry skin brushing is the next best solution for stimulating your lymphatic system. On the plus side, it’s both beneficial and inexpensive.
How Does Dry Skin Brushing Work?
Your skin is the largest organ involved in the natural process of detoxification. It may sound surprising, but approximately 30% of your body’s toxins are eliminated through your skin’s pores. What dry skin brushing does is unclog pores, which then lets your body excrete toxins that would else be trapped.
Dry Skin Brushing: How to Do It
Buy a natural bristle brush. (Make sure the handle is long, because it’s easier to use it on your back)
Take off all your clothes and get into your bathtub. (By doing so, you will save time on cleaning up the dead skin)
Start brushing at your feet. Move in long sweeping motions toward your heart. (It’s important to always brush toward your heart)
Brush several times in each area, overlapping as you go.
Be extra careful when brushing over more sensitive areas, such as your breasts. The more you dry brush, the less sensitive your skin will be.
When you’ve gone over your entire body, take a shower.
Pat-dry your skin and finish by applying rose hip or coconut oil.
For optimal results, do this twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.
Health Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing
- It boosts your lymphatic system.
- It exfoliates your skin.
- It improves circulation.
- It reduces cellulite.
- It reduces stress.
- It improves digestion and kidney function.