How can 5 minutes of body brushing make you healthier!
Brushing your body and teeth are both extremely important to your health. Healthy skin and lymphatic system have been linked to numerous health benefits including eliminating cancer cells, bacteria, viruses, dead cells, water, fat, waste materials, extra protein, and just an overall feeling of well-being. Healthy teeth and gums have been linked to the reduction of heart disease and diabetes.
Body brushing takes a few minutes a day, is inexpensive and most importantly will make you feel incredible.
The skin is the largest organ in your body and works as a third kidney when functioning properly. Body brushing, exercising, lymphatic drainage, rebounding, (near and far) infrared saunas or detox baths can all help take the burden off of the main detoxifying organs. The organs that are constantly working to detoxify our bodies are the skin, kidneys, liver, lungs and colon. The skins main tasks are to detoxify and produce Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency has dramatically increased in the U.S., and studies have linked deficiency to health issues that include cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
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Approximately 30% of healthy adult’s blood circulation is received by the skin. Body brushing can help increase blood flow and is necessary if you have poor blood circulation. Healthy blood flow carries oxygen and nutrients to the skin and will help tone skin, increase collagen, reduce cellulite and detoxify.
What symptoms are associated with poor blood circulation?
- Numbness in Extremities
- Pins and Needles
- Cold Hands, Fingers, Feet and Toes (Even when it is not cold out!)
- Lack of Energy and Motivation
- Regularly Feeling Dizzy
- Water Retention
- Shortness of Breath
- Memory Issues
When your skin is beautiful and radiant, that normally indicates that it is healthy and doing its job internally. Beautiful skin on the outside equates to beautiful and healthy organs on the inside. Since your beauty is not just skin deep, shouldn’t you devote a little more attention to your skin?
Dry body brushing stimulates your lymphatic system, which helps in the detoxification process. When your lymphatic system is not working properly, it can cause waste, cancer cells and heavy metals to build up resulting in chronic illnesses.
The lymphatic system is the garbage collector of your body. The interior vacuum drawing up extra liquid, toxins, dead cells and metabolic waste in the extracellular fluid “Lymph”. This garbage is sent to the filter “Lymph Nodes,” resulting in cleansed fluids, salt and proteins that are sent back into the bloodstream.
If your lymphatic system is not working correctly, your lymph fluid can become thick and dangerous due to congestion. Disease can start to develop, including cancer, and spread when garbage collection comes to a halt. In addition, your internal cells will become oxygen deprived beginning the process or chronic illnesses and degenerative diseases.
Dry skin brushing and lymphatic drainage are both excellent methods to get the lymphatic system moving and enables contaminants and waste to be filtered properly.
2. Increased Energy
Get your daily dose of energy. Instead of reaching for a morning cup of coffee reach for the brush. Dry brushing helps stimulate circulation of blood and lymph, fluid leaving you pumped and full of energy.
3. Reduce Pain
Get rid of the pain. Are you constantly dealing with a sore back or neck? Just brush the pain away from a sore back, neck or legs. One-third of our blood circulates through the skin, using a body brush can improve the circulation and send blood to help heal. It is clear that greater circulation has a direct impact on the functioning of all organs of the body, especially the skin. Body brushing can help increase circulation, enhance muscle tone and reduce other pains related to poor circulation.
4. Reduce Cellulite
Stop the further development of cellulite, reduce it or even get rid of it. Although cellulite is a fairly complex problem, it does not mean you cannot make it look a lot better. Brushing and massaging the body parts that are covered with cellulite, improves circulation, and therefore eliminates fats and toxins that are an integral part of the cellulite. Of course, this in itself is not enough. Adequate nutrition, exercise and drinking enough fluids with body brushing can show good results in the fight against cellulite. Body brushing can also help eliminate contaminants and toxins, which cause the breakdown of connective tissues. There are 3 things you can do to stop cellulite and to have beautiful legs for your entire life. 1. Stop eating processed foods. 2. Body brush. 3. Workout. That is it! If you start young, you can have beautiful legs all your life.
5. Have Beautiful Skin
Rejuvenate your skin. Brushing stimulates circulation, exfoliates and brushes away dead skin cells and dirt from the skin. In addition, it opens the pores and allows it to receive more oxygen and nutrients. In this way, it is stimulating the work of sweat and oil glands by which your skin gets unnecessary moisture. The results will be apparent to the eye and to the touch resulting in smooth and healthy skin.
6. Improve your Immune System
Improve immunity. Body brushing increases both blood circulation and lymphatic circulation. Good circulation is very important in the process of eliminating harmful substances trapped in the body. In addition, the lymphatic system is important to your immune system because it creates antibodies that fight against every assault on our immune system.
7. Fight the Cold and Flu Season.
Body brushing will flush out any intruders that the immune system missed, such as bacteria and viruses. You will also have a healthier immune system that blocks foreign antibodies from invading your body and a powerful search and destroy method to kill intruders. Start body brushing now, and you could have the healthiest cold and flu season of your life.
How do you body brush?
Body brushing will have the best effect if it is done as part of your daily routine for at least 5 minutes, of course if you do it longer it will be more beneficial. So, add it to one of your routines. The BEST time to body brush or to do anything healthy (e.g. exercise and walk) is when you can fit it into your schedule. If it does not cause stress fitting in, then you will probably make it a habit for life. However, the ultimate time to body brush is in the morning, that way it will give you an instant dose of energy and circulation. When I body brush, I do it right before bed then I take a shower. I do it at night because of my tight morning schedule, body brushing at night does not affect my sleep. Everyone is different, so you must experiment to see if it causes sleep issues if you do it right before bedtime.
Dry Body Brushing Instructions:
Perform these steps right before you take a shower.
- Quickly and lightly brush all the dead cells from your skin and open pores.
- Brush towards your heart. It is very important to make moves toward the heart. This alleviates burden to your veins and assists the lymphatic system, which runs in this direction.
- At the end of your session, your skin should be pink, not red and irritated.
- Brush at least 5 minutes a day. Doing it longer is better, but 5 minutes will get your lymphatic system moving.
- Brush at least once a day, twice a day is better. Especially if working on chronic illnesses or are trying to get rid of cellulite.
- Use soft pressure.
- Do not brush your face with a body brush. The bristles may scratch your face. There are softer bristle brushes used for facial brushing, or you can give your face a light massage with your fingers. This will get your lymphatic system moving in your face.
- Take a shower after brushing, when pores are open and ready to eliminate toxins.
- The brush should be of natural bristles.
- It is best to select a brush with a long handle. This will allow you to reach all areas of your body.
- It is very important to wash it occasionally; the brush will contains dead cells, oil and dirt from the previous body brushing events.
- Start with the legs.
- Brush your feet and calves with long strokes from the bottom with upward strokes.
- Brush in a circle around your knees.
- Brush your thighs and buttocks brushing up towards your heart.
- Brush torso.
- Start from the lateral parts of the torso, brushing upwards towards the heart.
- Brush your lower back, trying to brush upwards, this is a little bit more awkward.
- Brush your stomach in a circular motion around the navel, in a clockwise direction. This aids in better movement of your intestine.
- Top part of the body.
- Brush hands to the shoulders, using long strokes.
- Then keep on top of the back and brush over your shoulder.
- Go back to the front, brush chest in a circular clockwise direction.
- Brush breast very lightly from the nipples outwards. Do not brush directly on nipples it will cause irritation.
We all have routines from when we wake up until we go to bed. We reach for a cup of coffee, brush our teeth, take a shower, eat breakfast or workout. Adding body brushing to your routine is a very effective way to start your day! However, if time does not permit in the morning, brushing at any time of the day is better than not brushing at all. Just Brush!
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