(NaturalNews) Our skin is often called our third kidney because of its role in detoxifying the body. Many toxins leave the skin through sweating, which is why aerobic exercise, saunas, and steam baths aid in detoxification. But a common problem is that our skin is clogged with cosmetics and dead skin cells - so toxins can't leave our bodies as easily as they'd like. Acne and boils are common signs that the skin isn't breathing properly, and dry skin brushing is a simple technique that can help.
Our skin is our largest organ, and holistic healer Dr. Bernard Jensen tells us that our skin is actually meant to be releasing two pounds of toxins each and every day. But like any of our detoxification pathways, if they are clogged or obstructed, they won't function appropriately - which will leave those toxins inside our bodies where they can do us harm. If the skin isn't breathing properly, it also puts additional stress on our liver and kidneys to detoxify what could otherwise be directed out of the body through the skin.
The action of skin brushing brushes away dead skin cells which opens up this method of elimination for the body to fully utilize. Done regularly, skin brushing improves circulation, brightens our complexion, and stimulates our lymphatic system - which is another system the body uses to detoxify us. Doing skin brushing in conjunction with using saunas and steam baths increases the effectiveness of this detoxification method.
How To: Dry Skin Brushing
Dry skin brushing starts with dry skin and a soft, dry brush with natural bristles. It's recommended to brush your skin in the shower and shower afterward - so the dead skin will be whisked down the drain.
Starting at your feet, begin brushing your skin and always move your brush strokes toward your heart which facilitates detoxification. Move up your legs and then brush your back and stomach, again brushing towards your heart. Finally, brush your arms and upper body, using strokes toward the heart. Brush for a few minutes each day and within a few weeks you'll start to notice an improvement.
You'll want to brush hard enough so that your skin turns lightly red, but not hard enough to cause pain or irritation. Be sure to be gentle on areas with thin skin, like your face and neck, and avoid brushing areas with rashes or broken skin.
For complete detoxification, there are many steps beyond skin brushing you can take. However, skin brushing is an easy entry into detoxification and an important step in the right direction. Fortunately, it's a very easy step too.
More: Nutrition Handbook, Book 1, Bernard Jensen, Ph.D.
Kim Evans is a natural health writer and author of Cleaning Up! The Ultimate Body Cleanse. Cleaning Up! offers deep cleansing and using methods in this book, people have gotten rid of dozens of different types of health problems, as well as just losing excess weight, thinking more clearly, and feeling better.
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