Dry Brushing to Detoxify Your Body

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dry brushing, Dry Brushing to Detoxify Your Body

dry brushing, Dry Brushing to Detoxify Your Body

Dry Brushing to Detoxify Your Body:

Dry brushing your skin may be one of the easiest and best ways to detoxify your body on a regular basis.  The skin is estimated to eliminate over a pound of waste each day through its pores and through the elimination of dead skin cells from the body.  Dry brushing is an effective way to maximize the toxin elimination channels of the skin.

The integumentary system is made up of a network of dead epidermal cells forming the skin, hair, fingernails and toenails.  All of these are a form of pulling toxins out of the body.  The hair is often used to measure the level of toxic heavy metals in the body.  The sweat glands also play an active role in flushing toxins out through perspiration.

dry brushing, Dry Brushing to Detoxify Your Body

Detoxifying Through Your Skin Cells:

As skin cells get closer and closer to the outer surface of the body they lose their blood supply and die.  This is an effective strategy of the body to eliminate wastes in these cells by sloughing off these old dead cells.  Every minute we lose over 30,000 dead skin cells which are replaced by new healthy skin cells.

Bathing and good personal hygiene practices enhance the normal eliminatory patterns of the skin.  Dry skin brushing helps to improve circulation, stimulates lymphatic drainage and firms the skin.  The improvement in circulation improves brain function and gives an individual more energy.

By improving lymphatic flow it can help prevent the formation of unsightly cellulite. Dry brushing also sloughs off old dead skin cells and the toxic debris within them while initiating the development of new healthy skin cells.

dry brushing, Dry Brushing to Detoxify Your Body

How to Dry Brush Correctly:

It is important to find a brush with soft natural bristles.  Synthetic bristles often contain chemicals that are best to avoid.   The brushes are typically available at a local health food store in the price range of six to ten dollars.

It is best to begin with light, gentle brushing and overtime the skin will be able to handle brushing a little deeper.   The strokes should move toward the heart to improve lymphatic flow back through the venous system towards the heart.  When dry brushing the stomach it is best to go in a clockwise motion as that works with the natural digestive flow.

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The Dry Brushing Rules For Success:

The skin may be slightly flushed afterwards but should not be red or sore.  Be sure to avoid brushing over fresh wounds, burns and cuts.  The skin should be dry but not excessively dry when brushing.

One can use coconut oil during the brushing process if the skin is very dry but be sure to clean the brush thoroughly after finishing brushing.   Shower after brushing to help remove exfoliated skin cells.

Most individuals notice that they feel refreshed and energized after dry brushing.  This is due to the elimination of toxic debris and improved circulation.  The skin also glows and feels smoother after the whole body exfoliation experience.

Here is a great brush to get started with that is perfect for dry brushing because of the soft and natural boar bristles with a beachwood handle.  This brush has extra length for hard to reach areas.  It is also great that the company offers a money back guarantee if you are not fully satisfied.

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  1. Hi Dr. Jockers
    So glad to find your website. I am new at this dry brush thing.
    Wonder if :
    1. I can use loofah instead of brush ?
    2. Why it’s recommended to dry instead of wet brush ? If the idea were to stimulate the lymph system, so it shouldn’t matter if it ‘s wet or dry ?
    Thank you for the englightenment.

    Kind regards,

    1. Hey Maria,

      Yes you can use either one but a brush may be better for getting the desired exfoliant effect! Dry brushing also helps get your top layer of dead skin cells off so you can move toxins through your pores easier.


  2. I have watched 15+ dry brushing videos. Not one is the same. Can you make a detailed, total brush & strokes, lympnatic dry brushing video. Just you saying brush to the heart is very miss leading. Starting on left side because 3/4 drainage. Also the drainage paths are not always towards the heart. Will it would be nice to have the most accurate information.

      1. Smh, is that all you have to add? Thanks for nothing. Janice had some good points, but you contributed nothing but an insult.

        Thank you Dr Jockers for a most interesting article.

  3. I followed the link you have for a brush you recommend on Amazon. You like it because of the boars hair bristles. But in the Q&A section they say the bristles are made from agave leafs. Do you think they have changed since you posted your article? Do you still recommend this brush?
    Thanks so much,
    Cindy 🙂

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