by Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND December 02, 2008

The skin is an organ of elimination just like the kidneys and the colon. Approximately 10% of body elimination occurs through the skin. If the skin becomes inactive because its pores are blocked then impurities will remain in the body. The other eliminative organs, mainly the kidneys and liver, will have to work harder and will eventually become overburdened. When toxins and wastes begin to build up in the tissues because the kidneys and liver cannot cope with this toxic burden, the risk of disease is increased.

Benefits of skin brushing include: tightening the skin and improving texture, aiding digestion, stimulating circulation, increasing oxygenation, increasing cell renewal, draining and cleansing the lymphatic system, detoxifying the body, removing dead skin layers, strengthening the immune system and stimulating dry skin oil production.

 Instructions:

• Use a long handled, natural bristle brush (If you are unable to find one use a loofah sponge)

• Use a gentle, comfortable pressure and smoothly sweep the brush in small circles all over your body moving in the direction towards your heart.

• Start at the soles of your feet and work your way up your legs, your front and your lower back.

• Then do your hands and progress up your arms.

• When doing your chest and upper back (including the back of your neck), focus the brush strokes towards your heart.

• Avoid the face and any other sensitive areas.

• For hygiene purposes, use a separate brush for each member of the family and wash the brush every week.

Dry skin brushing is most effective before you shower. At least 5 minutes of skin brushing daily for 3 weeks every month is recommended to create a substantial difference in your health.

Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND
Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND


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