Detox tip no. 143: Brushed off
Who can tell me what the instrument in the photo above is? A back scratcher, you say? Nope. Something to reach those hard-to-clean areas whilst in the shower? Wrong again. This handy tool is called a dry body brush. You would be forgiven for mistaking its purpose. Body brushing is a widely neglected yet beneficial part of your detox routine.
The skin is the body’s largest detoxification organ and a sluggish elimination of toxins through the skin places a greater load on other organs, especially the liver. Dry body brushing will boost circulation and stimulate the lymphatic system to release toxins. It also improves muscle tone and reduces puffiness and cellulite (do you really need further convincing?). Plus, it will leave your skin with a bright, youthful glow as it sloughs off dead skin cells that clog pores and encourages cell renewal. So simple, yet so worthwhile!
The first thing you need to do is go out and get yourself a natural body brush with a firm bristle. One with a long handle is generally best. The best time to do your body brushing is first thing in the morning, before you shower. Using gentle, circular movements brush towards your heart. Start with the soles of your feet and work your way up your legs, then hands and arms. Reach over and brush your back from the buttocks up the back and around to the stomach. Brush your tummy in an anti-clockwise direction. Tender areas such as the nipples or anywhere your skin is thin or damaged should be avoided. Give your brush a wash regularly with warm water and a natural, mild soap. Rinse and leave it to air-dry.
Positive affirmation for the day: Today my trust in the overall and the long run is deep within me and growing. When events and people do not act as I would like them to act, I reach deeper inside for my faith and let it comfort me.
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