Turmeric has been touted as a great tool for preventing cancer cell growth.
Now that you have your natural bristle brush, let’s recap the benefits of dry brushing:
How to Dry Brush:
Did you know that Joseph H. Pilates recommended this technique in 1934? This process only takes 2-3 minutes a day and the benefits are huge! I love this and do this every day, here is why:
Dry brushing cleans the lymphatic system. Lymph is considered part of our immune system bringing our cells nutrients and removing their waste.. Our bodies contain more lymph than blood, so you can see how important this might be.
Dry brushing removes dead skin layers. Dry skin is a sign of detoxification. Dry brushing opens pores to allow them to “breath” and absorb nutrients. If this does not occur, a person may end up with eczema, psoriasis, and dandruff.
Dry brushing strengthens the immune system. Dry skin brushing may reduce duration of infection and accelerate the clearing of toxins. It helps support the immune system during cancer and other chronic illness treatment. By stimulating the lymph vessels to drain toxic mucoid matter into organs of detoxification we can purify the entire system.
Dry Brushing tightens the skin by increasing the flow of blood and reduces the appearance of cellulite by breaking down the toxins that cause cellulite.
Dry Brushing tones the muscles. Dry skin brushing helps muscle tone by stimulating the nerve endings which causes the individual muscle fibers to activate and move. It also helps mobilize fat and even the distribution of fat deposits.
Dry brushing stimulates circulation. Our skin is the largest detox organ and it breathes! In most people this vital detoxification is operating below capacity. By activating the circulation you can also prevent varicose veins.
Here’s what you will need: A natural bristle brush or loofa - my favourite is a short handled one. (it forces you twist and turn!) Synthetic brushes or exfoliation cloths are harsh and create minute scratches on the surface which may result in drier, irritated skin.
Want to start off your day on a positive note? A few really deep breaths at an open window, a dry brushing session followed by alternating warm and cool showers and your defense system will be boosted within a week.
And there are other side effects to this quick morning routine – a clearer mind and boosted spirit. What a wonderful way to start the day!
Tomorrow: "How to “Dry Brush"”
THE PILATES LIFESTYLE