Simply put, our ancestors didn’t eat McDonald’s so please don’t appeal to me with an ancestral argument about what our bodies ‘naturally do.’
Like most people, I thought the best way to detox would be to drink lots of water and lemon juice to flush impurities out of my body, combined with a diet of fruits and vegetables. Maybe certain teas would aid the process, but, ultimately, my assumption was that detoxing required my ingestion of various healthy items. While a good diet is certainly beneficial, I was shocked to discover that skin brushing was one of the most effective ways to release toxins.
Think of it this way: your skin is your largest elimination organ. It releases a pound of waste each day and will be the first organ to show symptoms of imbalance or toxicity. Some people call the skin the third kidney because it releases a quarter of the toxins from the body (the lungs being the second.)
If skin is unable to release toxins, a person may experience rashes, acne, hives, itchiness, body odor, eczema, and psoriasis (and sometimes unpleasant body odour.) Dead skin, makeup, and pollution may clog pores, further inhibiting your skin from effectively letting the bad stuff out. When toxins are unable to escape through the skin they are stored in fat cells, contributing to cellulite and other fatty deposits, or they will be re-circulated back into the blood stream, overworking the poor kidneys, liver and other detox organs.
Thus, it would seem that something simple (and maybe a bit strange initially) can have a hugely positive impact on the health of your overall body.
- tighter, more radiant skin
- increased overall blood circulation and lymph flow
- strengthened immune system
- stimulation of nervous system
- toning of muscles
- improved digestion
- eliminated dead skin cells
- stimulated hormone and oil glands
- reduced cellulite
How the process works
Brush your dry body before you shower or bathe, preferably in the morning. Be careful about brushing anywhere that you have a rash or cut. If you have sensitive skin, you can start with a dry towel instead of the brush. Use the dry towel to remove dead cells, then use the hot wet towel to stimulate and rejuvenate your skin and organs.
- Start at your feet and always brush toward your heart. Use brisk circular motions or long, even strokes.
- Brush all the way up your legs, then over your abdomen, buttocks, and back. If you have cellulite on your hips and thighs, you can concentrate on that area a little longer. Brush lightly on sensitive areas like breasts and more firmly on areas like soles of the feet.
- When you reach your arms, begin at your fingers and brush up your arms, toward your heart. Brush your shoulders and chest down, always toward your heart.
- Finish by taking a shower and if you choose, use cold/hot therapy to further stimulate the lymphatic system and improve circulation.
- Dry off and massage natural plant moisturizers into your skin such as almond, sesame, avocado, coconut, olive or cacoa butter.
Skin brushes are available at most natural food stores. Give it whirl today and let me know if it makes a difference in your life!