Lymph Drainage and Dry Skin Brushing
Dry skin brushing for lymph drainage is an effective routine to add to your body cleansing or colon cleanse program. It will move your lymphatic system, shed more dead skin cells than a loofah in the shower and give an overall healthy glow to your skin.
Your skin is an organ of elimination along with your kidneys, liver, lungs and colon. Toxins are neutralized by the liver and removed via the kidneys, lungs, digestive tract and skin. It is well known that you can absorb toxins through the skin. Lymphatic drainage is your effort to do the opposite and assist your body to eliminate toxins.
You could imagine your lymphatic system as a circulatory system that carries the white blood cells instead of the red. Whereas the red blood cells mainly carry nutrients and oxygen throughout your body, the lymphatic system mainly carries the waste out and circulates your white blood cells. These white blood cells kill and neutralize toxins.
Your lymphatic system has no pumping action like your main circulatory system. Therefore, being proactive is important as this system relies on manual actions. Day to day actions to assist with lymph drainage would be pumping your calf muscles through jumping of fast walking and scrubbing your skin. This will contribute to your whole body cleanse.
But dry skin brushing is far more effective than your normal scrub with a loofah and may be even more powerful than a brisk walk. The dry brush removes more dead cells and brings more blood to the surface of your skin. This extra blood brings more nutrients so more new and fresh skin cells will be generated. In addition, the dry brush on your skin stimulates your lymph to move and carry toxins out quicker.
Lymph drainage is important as you want to keep your whole system moving while your body cleanse progresses. During this time more toxins are being circulated through your system as the toxins are finding their way out. Dry skin brushing is extremely effective at helping your lymph to move.
Many beauty consultants know that exfoliating the skin will bring more blood, more oxygen and more nutrients to your skin. In turn more collagen is manufactured. What is seriously understated is how dry skin brushing in the ultimate in skin exfoliation and how powerful it is for lymph drainage!
Dry Skin Brushing Routine
- Purchase a natural bristle brush (usually made for skin brushing) from a natural or whole foods market.
- Keep your brush dry at all times
- Brush in short, light, upward strokes. These can get more firm as your skin gets used to brushing.
- Brush your whole body every day from the feet up, always toward your heart.
- Brush the bottom of your left foot first, then ankle, calf and thigh. Repeat on your right foot and leg.
- Brush your buttocks and front of hips then your stomach, circling around your navel.
- Brush up your torso and around breasts toward heart, do not brush your nipples.
- Brush your hands up each arm toward your heart.
- Brush from your chin down your neck and chest toward your heart.
- The entire routine should only take from 2-4 minutes each day.
- An added benefit would be to take a warm shower afterward and end with cool water. This also stimulates your lymph drainage.
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