Here is another fast, cheap and effective way to take care of your body, inside and out! Before I jump in the shower in the morning, I use a natural brush to get my system going and to help my lymphatic system to remove toxins from my body. Next to oil pulling, dry brushing is another powerful ayurvedic way to keep your body as healthy as possible. Here is how it works.
Your skin is your largest organ and excretes one third of the toxins in your body. Dry brushing gets rid of these surface toxins. Below the surface our lymph system also works hard to remove waste. But since the lymph system does not have an active motor to transport the waste, it needs help. And that help can come in several forms: exercise, yoga and… dry brushing!
Dry brushing takes no more than a couple of minutes (or even less if you wish), once or twice a day. All it takes is long strokes on bare skin from your toes and fingers towards your heart, so no circles or back and forth rubbing. Brush several times to make sure that you don’t miss a spot and have all body parts covered (except for your face, and also be careful on the more delicate areas of your body).
Then take your shower or bath and apply a natural oil like coconutoil for instance.
Look for a natural, stiff bristled brush. I bought mine for a couple of euros, so not expensive at all!
Benefits of dry brushing are:
- Increased blood circulation
- Exfoliates dead skin
- Stress relief
- Reduces cellulite – so they say