Detoxing is so important because it helps eliminate and prevent inflammation and disease in your body. While there are many ways to detox, one effective and inexpensive way I recommend is dry brushing. In this episode, I am going to share with you all things dry brushing starting with why it's important and ending with how to dry brush.
WHAT IS YOUR LYMPHATIC SYSTEM AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
"The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body." - livescience.com
Your lymphatic system is part of your immune system and consists of a network of vessels that branch through all parts of your body circulating important bodily fluid to defend against infection.
WHAT CAN I DO TO IMPROVE MY LYMPHATIC SYSTEM?
BENEFITS TO DRY BRUSHING
HOW TO DRY BRUSH + HOW OFTEN
Brush in long, fluid strokes always starting at the feet. Use gentle pressure as you work up both legs. Next move to your hands + arms. When you are on your limbs, always be working towards your heart.
You will now move to your torso going in a more circular motion over your belly. I suggest that you connect your core before you begin brushing your belly as this can help aid in stimulating the fascia while also removing old skin cells to help aid in encouraging new skin cell rejuvenation. Brush lighter when you get to your chest if you are more sensitive and then move to your back.
After your dry brushing session, apply a natural oil such as almond, coconut or jojoba oil to your fresh, dry brushed skin. Let the oil sit and soak into your skin for 10 minutes. Be sure any soaps you are using are free of chemicals and toxins. Opt for natural soap options instead.
I recommend dry brushing daily before you hop in the shower to really start feeling and seeing the results. If you are in a hurry, it can be as short as 5 minutes to brush or longer depending on what feels good for your body. Dry brushing should never hurt or leave your skin red afterward.
RECOMMENDED DRY BRUSHING PRODUCTS
I recommend getting an all-natural, firm bristled brush with a long handle. The natural bristles will ensure that you aren't too hard on your skin and the long handle will help you reach your back.
WHY A 'DRY BRUSH'? WHY NOT JUST BRUSH MY SKIN IN THE SHOWER?
According to the Cleveland Clinic, "brushing the skin while it is dry allows you to exfoliate and increase blood circulation without robbing it of moisture, as the hot water in the shower can."
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