Detox Series 2-Dry brushing for skin detoxification

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We live in the world where there are toxins everywhere around us. It is coming from our environment, product we use, the water we drink and the food we eat. We are doing this blog series on detoxification.
Today’s topic is Dry brushing
Most people take good care of their facial skin by regularly exfoliating, cleansing, and moisturizing. But the skin of the rest of the body is mostly ignored. Skin is our largest organ that helps protect our body from external factors. When dead skin and toxins build up on our skin, it could not do its job efficiently.
Dry brushing is a simple technique of running a dry, soft-bristle brush over your skin, starting with your limbs but always motioning toward your heart.
Here are some of the benefits of Dry Brushing:
– Stimulate the Lymphatic System: The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. It is responsible for eliminating cellular waste products. When your lymphatic system is not working properly, it can lead to toxin build up leading to inflammation. Dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system and helping it release toxins.
– Exfoliation: Dry skin brushing removes dead dry skin leaving a super soft baby skin behind.
– Increase Circulation: Dry brushing increases circulation to your skin, which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste.
– Reduce Cellulite: Dry brushing may help stimulate the cells and break down toxins from beneath the skin, which may act as a natural remedy for cellulite.
– Reduces dry skin itchiness: If you live in a cold climate like me, we spend almost 7-8 months in heated indoors. This makes our skin very dry and itchy. Dry brushing eliminates that skin itchiness by removing the dry skin and opening the pores so our skin can breathe effortlessly.
There are many other benefits reported like it acts as a stress reliever, improves digestion and bloating. I recommend dry brush at least once a week.
Would you like to give it a try? All you need is a natural brush and 5 minutes of your time.
Here is the simple technique to dry brush:
– Purchase a natural (not synthetic) bristle brush with a long handle so can reach all areas of your body.
– Begin brushing by starting at your feet and moving in long sweeping motions toward your heart. Always brush toward your heart.
– Brush several times in each area, overlapping as you go.
Try this for 30 days and see the results for yourself! Try this simple technique to get a beautiful body both inside out!
(Shobhna Batta is a Chicago based certified Health Coach and Diet & Nutrition consultant. She specializes in Indian diet for weight reduction and disease prevention. In this column she will share health topics, healthy recipes and tips for healthy living. If you are interested in health consulting or have any health related query, please reach out to her at Shobhna@gmail.com)

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