Skin Brushing for Enhanced Cleansing

While our bodies do release toxins naturally, modern diets and lifestyles have changed how easily this occurs.  We contend with much more negative impact to our food chain than our forefathers dealt with, resulting in toxins that stay inside our bodies for longer than they are ever meant too.

Our Ancestor were the quintessential hunter and gathers in the truest sense and ate in season, whole foods.  Eating was an innate function in how they choose their food and consumed it. Unfortunately our modern diets don’t compare to our “ancestors” diets and in that the “natural detox” process has been interrupted by things like Genetically modified food, environmental pollutants, pharmaceutical consumption and lack of movement to mention a few.

One of the best ways to help detox the body is through a practice known as Skin Brushing.  It is one of the most effect methods to release excess toxins and so easy to do.

Your skin is your largest elimination organ. Did you know your skin expels a pound of waste each day and will be the first organ to show symptoms of imbalance or toxicity?  Some people call the skin the third kidney because it releases a quarter of the toxins from the body following the lungs as the second process.

When skin is unable to release toxins, a person may experience rashes, acne, hives, itchiness, eczema, and psoriasis as well as strong smelling body odor.  Dead skin, makeup, oil and pollution may clog pores, further inhibiting your skin from effectively pushing the toxins out. When toxins are unable to escape through the skin they are stored in adipose tissue or fat cells, contributing to cellulite and other fatty deposits.  The toxins are then re-circulated back into the blood stream, overworking the kidneys, liver and other filtering organs that serve as our purification centers.

It would appear that something as simple as Skin Brushing could have such a positive impact on the health of your overall body. What’s to loose in trying it? Some of the benefits include:


How to Skin Brush:


To begin the Skin Brushing process, select a brush that has natural fiber bristles.  There are many of options to choose from.  Some people prefer the long handle style to reach your back, however you can use a smaller hand held brush, which travel nicely.

The bristles may feel too firm when you first begin so go lightly at first until your skin’s sensation adjust to it. It is supposed to be stimulating so some vigor is good.
Brush your body when it is dry before you shower or bath, preferably in the morning.

Be careful about brushing anywhere that you have a rash or cut. A good thought is if you have sensitive skin start with a dry towel instead of the brush. Use the dry towel to remove dead cells and then get into a warm shower to stimulate and rejuvenate your skin and organs.


The Process

1.    Start with the brush and your skin dry.

2.    Begin at your feet and brush toward your heart. It is best to use brisk circular motions or long, even strokes.

3.    Brush all the way up your legs, then over your abdomen, buttocks, and back. If you have cellulite on your hips and thighs, you can concentrate on that area a little longer. Brush lightly on sensitive areas like breasts and more firmly on areas like soles of the feet.

4.    When brushing your arms, start at your fingers and brush up your arms, toward your heart. Brush your shoulders and chest down, always toward your heart.

5.    Finish by taking a warm shower and just as you finish turn the water to cooler for a Cryotherapy effect which further stimulate the lymphatic system and improves circulation.

6.    Dry off and massage lotion into your skin.  Some nice natural choices of lotion or oils would be Shea butter, almond, sesame, avocado, coconut, or olive.

Skin brushes are available at most natural food stores. Keep in mind this is a daily practice.  Make it a ritual before your daily shower to do. Your skin will love you for it … your health will thank you for it.


Here’s to your bountiful health!