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Dry Skin Brushing

Dry Skin Brushing

There are many ways to detoxify the body.  But, why does the body need to detoxify?  We are exposed to hundreds of chemicals on a daily basis.  The chemical company DuPont coined the slogan “Better Things for Better Living…Through Chemistry” in 1935 as it was introducing chemicals and plastics to the world.  DuPont was part of the emerging chemicalization of America. In her book, Hormone Deception, Lindsey Berkson, writes, “Since World War II approximately 87,000 new chemicals have been synthesized in the U.S. alone.  New ones are being invented at the rate of 2,000 per year.”  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that hundreds of these chemicals are present in our bodies and can interfere with the body’s immune, endocrine, nervous, and reproductive systems.  These chemicals include air/water pollutants/caffeine, cigarette smoke, cosmetics, body care products, heavy metals, household cleaning products, pesticides/herbicides, plastics, pharmaceuticals, and preservatives.  Wayne Ott, a long-term employee at the Environmental Protection Agency has said, “What the public doesn’t understand is that your house is the hazardous waste site.  All of the things in your house are made from the same chemicals that are on the hazardous lists.”

While it is best to minimize or eliminate your exposure to chemicals, detoxifying your body can help minimize the damaging effects of chemicals.  In my opinion, the best way to detoxify the body is through the Standard Process Purification Program.  However, there are daily activities you can do at home to strengthen your body.  Castor Oil is very helpful as well as dry skin brushing.

Dry skin brushing is a simple and easy way to help detoxify the body.  The skin is the largest organ in the body and plays a major role in body detoxification – as much as one-fourth of the body’s daily detoxification.  Many refer to the skin as the “3rd Kidney” because of the skin’s powerful detoxification ability.  However, body care products such as body soap/lotion, deodorant, sunscreen, and synthetic fabric like polyester can not only prevent the skin from breathing appropriately but also block the ability of the skin to release toxins.  When this happens, the toxic burden on the liver and kidney increase as well.

The best type of brush for dry skin brushing is one with a long handle and natural bristles.  The brush should always remain dry for the best effect.  Natural food stores usually sell this type of brush. I recommend dry skin brushing in the morning before bathing.  Start by brushing the feet, then up the legs, the back, the belly and into the chest.  It is most beneficial to brush toward the heart as this facilitates proper lymph flow.  The body’s lymphatic system is an important toxin removal system.  As you reach the mid-chest, then brush up the arms, down the neck and into the mid-chest.  Avoid any area in which the skin is broken or irritated.  Do not brush your face. Brush gently but firmly.  It may take a few treatments to get used to the natural bristles.  The process takes less than 5 minutes.  After completing the brushing, shower off the dead skin cells. Generally one will feel more alert

Detoxification is not the only reason to dry skin brush.  Many report that dry skin brushing softens the skin and can help with in-grown hairs.  However, one of my favorite reasons for dry skin brushing is that it feels good!