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Body Brushing For Detoxification

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So I’ve heard of people going to extremes to detoxify, which can be great with a doctor’s supervision. Yet, there’s something that I absolutely love that I use daily to improve my detoxification. Its call body brushing and I wanted to talk about it because I’m not sure who else out there is engaging in this easy and wonderful, health promoting activity. So if you don’t do it, you might want to consider including it in your routine.

What Is Body Brushing?

Well, as you might imagine, it is something done with a big brush to brush the skin while it is dry. The skin is one of the largest organs in our body and it needs to be taken care of like the rest of the body. Eating well and exercising helps the skin, but sometimes your skin craves for some care of its own. On a very basic level, body brushing helps remove dead skin cells and exfoliate the skin. I’ve also heard that it can help better distribute the fat deposits under the skin. That’s pretty good, but the benefits go deeper than that. It also helps get things moving under the skin, getting both the blood and lymph (part of the immune system) moving. Now, your blood can depend on your heart to pump it through your arteries. Your lymph system doesn’t have a pump and its main job is to detoxify your body and kill germs. If the lymph doesn’t move, the body stays congested and immunity is compromised. This is why the movement gained from body brushing is so valuable.

How does it feel? Put yourself in your dog’s shoes for a second. My poodle gets constant knots which turn into something like dreadlocks if I don’t work them out. She hates getting her knots pulled, but she puts up with it for one reason; it feels good on the rest of her body to be brushed. One of the best times to brush is in the morning before showering. Doing so stimulates the body and an added plus is that it will leave you feeling invigorated going into your day. For that reason, it makes sense not to do this right before bed as it could contribute to insomnia. A shower afterwards helps wash away dead skin cells and toxins.

Go for a brush with a handle so you can reach the back and other tough to reach spots.

The brushing technique is quite important. The brush should go in small circles and should always be going in the direction of your heart. That means that if you are brushing your legs, you should be brushing upwards. If you are brushing your lower back, you should still be brushing upwards. If you brush your upper back, you should be brushing downwards because your upper back is above your heart.

This only takes a minute or two, so it is not a bad investment. While you probably won’t see a dramatic, immediate result with body brushing, the long term benefits are worth it. In a world where we are exposed to more toxins than people ever were before in history, it is worth taking a couple of minutes to strengthen our immunity. This is also a great opportunity to do something on the outside that will make the inside stronger. It is way cheaper than a cold pressed juice, vitamins or organic produce. It will help make you healthier. Not a bad investment of a couple minutes of your time.

Erica Mesirov

Erica earned her Master’s Degree in holistic nutrition in 2014. She works with people who struggle with eating right or losing weight and know they want to be healthy, but their attempts have come up empty. By helping people understand their individual body and the imbalances that are causing unhealthy patterns, she gives people the opportunity to feel good about eating again.

Erica Mesirov

Erica earned her Master’s Degree in holistic nutrition in 2014. She works with people who struggle with eating right or losing weight and know they want to be healthy, but their attempts have come up empty. By helping people understand their individual body and the imbalances that are causing unhealthy patterns, she gives people the opportunity to feel good about eating again.

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Cathy Kumar
Cathy Kumar 5pts

We were just talking about this the other morning...I cant say if the brush works but I use a loufa and it helps me feel great.

Michele De Veaux
Michele De Veaux 5pts

Pamela D Davis this is what I was talking about. Lose inches!

Michelle Smith
Michelle Smith 5pts

Is it just me or does this look like it would be awesome!

Millie Lucas
Millie Lucas 5pts

I miss my body brush. It's somewhere in storage. May have to purchase a new one.

Eugenia Paul
Eugenia Paul 5pts

Yes, it works, do it before you have a detox bath with Epson and baking soda.

Deborah Stephenson
Deborah Stephenson 5pts

I do this on a regular basis, every morning before I get in shower. It's great for circulation and also you dead tissue! After a workout or a bicycle ride using your brush, helps relieve soreness.

Humaira Kaukab
Humaira Kaukab 5pts

my skin is senstive,it can cause rash on my body

Denise Gill
Denise Gill 5pts

I do it every morning without fail the last year and a half

Katarina Rose
Katarina Rose 5pts

Ashleigh Tak Kristal Tak we need to start body brushing girls :-)

Tracy Ann
Tracy Ann 5pts

Brushing feels great, it does not detoxify.

Diane Gibson
Diane Gibson 5pts

Ed Gibson this is what I was telling you about this morning.