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Can dry brushing your skin help your lymphatic system?

Can dry brushing your skin help your lymphatic system? Let’s take a look at what medical experts have to say about it.

The skin is the largest organ in the body, so it must be taken care of. Your skin helps remove waste, aids in digestion, and helps with circulation.

Nicole Eckert, a certified holistic nutritionist based in Newmarket, Ontario believes that skin brushing is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, as it helps removes toxins.

Getting rid of toxins is one of the most important aspects of health. Eckert writes in the Hearty Soul:

“Your lovely liver, kidneys, lungs, skin and colon, are your superstar detoxification organs and their overall function is just critical for your optimal health and well-being. With your skin being your largest organ – and your largest detoxification organ for that matter. The simple detox habit of dry brushing is a super enjoyable practice that’s going to make your skin glow, and get you detoxing fo-sho (rhyming intentional).”

The lymphatic system is a group of tissues and organs that help aid in the body’s natural detoxification process. According to Live Science, “The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.”

The lymphatic system also helps remove toxins.

So can dry brushing your skin help your lymphatic system?

Research has shown that dry brushing the skin stimulates the lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system relies on muscle contractions to conduct its detoxification process. Because many of your lymph vessels are just beneath the surface of the skin, brushing the skin can help move things along.

There are brushes designed specifically for skin, and they can be found online or at health food stores.

Eckert explains how to dry brush:

1. Grab your brush, and get naked, for-real. Lock the doors if you need to.

2. Tell yourself how amazing you are, and only then we will get started. Pick up your dry brush or my favourite Energy Brush.

3. Begin with the top of your feet. I always start on my left side (since I am right handed). Begin by making gentle circular upward motions, from the tips of your toes all the way in the direction of your heart. Then repeat on the other side before you get started on your arms.

4. You always want to start at the bottom of your body and slowly make your way up to your chest. It’s important to work in this direction as it supports the natural ‘highway’ of your lymphatic system.

5. Brush slowly and be gentle, if you’re ticklish like me – it can be a challenge to brush over your tummy, sides, and chest without sniggering. Always avoid any scratches, irritated skin or open wounds – that would just be unpleasant.

6. Make sure you get your entire body from feet to neck and don’t forget your back – I sometimes call in my partner on the weekend (when I have more time) for help on all the sweet-spots on my back (it’s a pretty sight).

7. Don’t even attempt dry brushing your face, unless you have a Facial Brush, which has much softer bristles.

8. Once you’ve shown some dry brushing love to your entire body, hop in the shower and wash away all those lovely dead skin cells. Have your water anywhere from warm to hot for increased blood circulation.

9. Be sure you’re using natural shower products, you cancheck out this articleon how to detox your personal care routine!

10. Practice Dry Brushing before every shower, or 3-4 times a week. You can complement your new Dry Brushing routine with the Jentschura AlkaBath; a mineral rich, alkalizing detox bath.

Note: None of the information in our website is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. The content on our website is for educational purposes only. 

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REFERENCES:
1. “Lymphatic System: Facts, Functions & Diseases.” LiveScience, Purch, 11 Mar. 2016, http://www.livescience.com/26983-lymphatic-system.html.

2. “How To Stimulate Your Lymphatic System With Dry Brushing.” Mercola.com, Mercola.com, 8 Oct. 2017, articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/09/11/dry-brushing-skin.aspx.
3. “Dry Brushing: The Technique That Stimulates Your Lymph, Releases Toxins, and Gives You Glowing Skin.” The Hearty Soul, The Hearty Soul, 30 Aug. 2017, theheartysoul.com/dry-brushing-lymph/.

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