HAVE YOU TRIED DRY SKIN BRUSHING?
This technique is an often neglected but vital part of any detoxification regime.
The skin is one of our 5 eliminatory organs. We often think of the intestines and kidneys as the way we eliminate toxins, however the lungs, liver and skin have important roles as well.
Unlike our circulatory system which has the heart as its pump, our lymphatic system relies on the movement of our whole body to circulate and drain effectively. This includes specific movements which cause muscle contractions as well as proper diaphragmatic breathing.
The lymphatic system plays an important role in our bodily functions: - it's like our sewer system due to its role in filtering and removing wastes from tissue - it has a role in digestion (transporting fats from the digestive system to the cells).
- another important role is its function in the immune system - producing and releasing lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) as well as other immune cells. These cells look for and destroy invaders such as viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi that may enter your body.
Signs of a sluggish lymphatic system: - puffiness and oedema in various areas around the body, as fluid is trapped in that area - for some people, the toxins and proteins that are trapped in the tissue may further lead to fatty deposits under the skin, which can eventually develop into fibrotic tissue which takes a lot of consistent drainage work to remove.
How do I dry skin brush? - start gently with this technique, as you don't want to flood your system with toxins - dry skin brushing will improve the cellular turnover and over time your skin will glow - spend 10 minutes doing the brushing before you get into the shower
1. start with the upper body and stimulate your lymph nodes in the armpits first (8 circles each way on each side is good) 2. always brush towards your heart 3. when you come to the lower body stimulate the lymph nodes in the inner leg/groin first, using 7- 8 strokes on each area 4. work in clockwise circles over the stomach area
REMEMBER to wash your brush carefully after each session. And IT'S VITAL TO stay well hydrated. Drink 8 glasses of water each day.
If you feel your lymphatic system needs a bit of a shake up, there are herbal teas that are highly beneficial: cleavers, calendula, yarrow, echinacea to name a few.
Using a rebounder is a great way to get it pumping.
There are also practitioners who specialise in lymphatic drainage as well, which I highly recommend for those with lymphoedema, or chronic fluid retention. Book in for a 15 minute free discovery call to find out how I can help you.
Another great technique to use is a Castor Oil Pack.