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why i dry body brush every morning

why i dry body brush every morning

“…many naturopathic doctors use dry brushing to help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins. one of the immediate effects of dry brushing is smoother skin, but it can also help improve digestion, kidney function, and more.”
— dr mercola

dry body brushing is part of my everyday morning routine. i was looking for a way to reduce water retention and cellulite (my body LOVES to hold onto water especially in the face/neck area). upon research i found that a big contributor to water retention is  your lymphatic system needing clearing/detoxifying, and one of the best ways to do this is with dry body brushing. as i continued researching and talking with my mum (she's been doing it for years) i noticed what an overall amazing effect on your health dry body brushing can have. since doing it i have 100% felt all of these benefits, i also notice when i am slacking off and haven't done it for a while aswell.

WHAT IS DRY BODY BRUSHING

dry body brushing is a 5000 year old ayurvedic practice. using a brush made from natural plant bristles (i got mine here) you brush over each part of your body towards your heart to invigorate and activate the skin and detoxify the lymphatic system.

SOME OF THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF DRY BODY BRUSHING

  • stimulates your lymphatic system
  • decreases water retention
  • improves digestion and kidney function
  • strengthens immune system
  • increases muscle tone
  • reduces cellulite
  • softens skin

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO DRY BODY BRUSHING 

  1. it’s best to dry brush first thing in the morning before you shower. start with light pressure until you’re used to the sensation, then move on to firmer strokes.
  2.  use a natural bristled brush or a loofah as a second choice. avoid synthetic or nylon brushes or gloves as they’re too sharp and can damage the skin.
  3.  start with the soles of your feet, use swift upward strokes and brush from the feet, up the legs, working towards your heart.
  4.  once you’ve covered your lower body, move to your hands and work up your arms toward your heart in the same manner.
  5.  next (using a long handle brush or get your partner to help out), brush your back.
  6.  last, work on your abdomen (moving in a clockwise direction to follow the movement of the colon), chest and neck. it’s best to avoid your face as most people’s facial skin is too sensitive.
  7.  brush for about three-to-five minutes until your skin is rosy and slightly tingly.
  8.  always shower after you dry brush to wash off the dead skin.
  9.  keep a separate dry brush for every member of the family, and be sure to periodically wash it. i wash mine with dr bronner's liquid castille soap every week.

NOTE: avoid brushing over broken or sensitive skin and take care to brush lightly over cellulite areas. 

have you ever tried it before and did it work for you? leave a comment below :)

 

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health benefits of dry body brushing
health benefits of dry body brushing
why i dry body brush every morning
why i dry body brush every morning
why i dry body brush every morning

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