Dry Brushing: Increasing Efficiency of the Lymphatic System

  Disclaimer:  This article/website is not intended for the purpose of providing medical advice.  All information, content, and material on...

 Disclaimer: This article/website is not intended for the purpose of providing medical advice. All information, content, and material on this website are for informational purposes only and are not intended to serve as a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment of a qualified physician or healthcare provider. 

After being treated for Lyme Disease, I struggled for years with adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalances and more. For the greater part of this time, I visited conventional medical doctors who could only direct me to pharmaceutical steroids and antibiotics. None of it was effective. In fact, it made me feel much worse. The steroids caused even more severe adrenal dysfunction and the overuse of antibiotics disrupted the delicate balance of good/bad bacteria in my body, causing multiple issues with gut infections. 

At my first visit to my Integrative M.D., I was sent home with some literature to read about helping my body to speed up the process of healing and among some of the literature, my doctor had included instructions for dry brushing, explaining the benefits.  I have been dry brushing ever since. 

What is Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing is the brushing of the skin all over the body and is a natural way to, not only exfoliate the skin, but increase blood flow and support a healthy lymphatic system.

The Lymphatic System

How my doctor describes the lymphatic system:

Without the lymphatic system, we could not live.  This is related to our cardiovascular system and is sometimes referred to as the body's secondary circulatory system.  It plays an important role in our body's defense mechanism.  It's main functions are to distribute fluid and nutrients throughout the body, and assist in filtering or draining off excess fluids and toxins.  If it becomes overworked and congested, its filtering and neutralizing functions dramatically decrease.  This results in a build-up of toxins in the system, an increased risk of inflammation, and reduced immune response.  

Unlike the blood system that uses the heart as a pump, the lymphatic system relies on skeletal muscle contractions to pump it along. 

How to Dry Brush Properly

What my doctor recommends:

Use a natural dry bristle brush.  Brush gently over the skin, starting at the extremities, to the center of the body.  Best results are achieved by brushing twice daily and before bathing or showering.  It is estimated the skin has the capacity to eliminate over one pound of waste per day.

Other Ways to Help Increase the Efficiency of the Lymphatic System

Lymphatic Massage - You can find a good therapeutic massage center and ask specifically for a lymphatic massage.

Exercise on a Rebounder or Mini Trampoline - Gently jump for 3-6 minutes without your toes or ball of your foot ever leaving the mat, bouncing only with your heels.

For more information about dry brushing, I recommend reading  this article  by Dr. Mercola.

Cheers! And good health to you!
Stay shrewd, Foxies!

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