DRY SKIN BRUSHING
Your skin, aside from being one of your organs of detoxification, is also the 2nd largest organ in your body. Oftentimes, it appears to be the first to show degeneration or imbalances and the last to heal. It weighs almost twice as much as the liver or brain and it receives one third of the circulation of the blood. Its functions include:
Works as a protective shield to the body structure
Helps to regulate body temperature
Works as a respiratory organ
Performs absorption activities by assimilating oxygen and other nutrients
Aids in elimination of toxic wastes from the body.
As your skin is an important, vital, breathing organ, you should always be careful of what you put on your skin. Although the skin offers us the first protective coat, most substances are absorbed to some extent through your skin into your lymphatic and cardiovascular system. If the substance happens to be chemical, a toxin or a poison, your liver and kidneys will have the job of trying to neutralize any adverse effects. Obviously, any prolonged, daily or chronic exposure to such substances can be very damaging to your health. If your job includes such exposures, you would be well advised to take whatever precautions are necessary to protect the absorption of such toxins through your skin or lungs.
The skin is the so-called third kidney. It works in conjunction with the kidneys in water regulation. Interestingly, perspiration and urine are chemically very similar, both containing substantial amounts of uric acid, an important waste product of metabolism.
A primary function of the skin occurs through the activities of its pores. Every square inch of the skin contains hundreds of these pores; all of which are made up of tiny muscles that must be exercised to get rid of toxins form the body.
Each of the organs of detoxification colon, lungs, kidneys, and skin must do its part. A weakness exhibited by one organ forces the other organs to carry an increased workload. This can result in exhaustion and further inhibition of the bodys abilities to rid itself of harmful, toxic waste.
Daily dry skin brushing can help keep your skin, healthy, vibrant and efficient. It can:
Remove dead skin cells
Cleanse the pores
Stimulate the hormone and oil-producing glands in the skin
Help keep the skin soft, supple and youthful
Help improve circulation (thereby aiding the entire body)
Help improve muscle tone
Have an important influence on the nervous system through stimulation of nerve endings
Assist the body in removal of toxins
Generally help improve health and vitality
Use only a natural sponge, vegetable sponge or loofah sponge
Ideally, dry brush every day before bed.
Using a circular or figure eight motion, brush very lightly over the entire outer surface of your body
Start brushing from the head, the tips of the fingers, the trips of the toes, always moving progressively
towards the heart
Be sure to include your palms and soles
Cleanse the brush every few days with soap and warm water