Taking care of your largest organ

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I’ve heard this advice before, but last summer while driving in the States listening to one of my ‘smile’ radio shows (the ones that make you smile like a lunatic while driving; usually listened to alone because it’s embarrassing to admit at your age that you like the show in the first place! Ever listened to Wake Up With Taylor on Sirius XM’s Cosmo Radio??! There! I just admitted it!!), I heard once again how beneficial brushing your skin can be.

This time, however, it referred to how it can help diminish the appearance of cellulite. My ears perked up so I asked a good friend, a holistic nutritionist, to give me some more advice. She focuses on the detoxifying benefits so for info on getting rid of cellulite, please click here.

Here’s what Julie wrote back:

DRY BRUSHING is fast, effective and has numerous health benefits, the most important of which, is that it’s a great way to eliminate the build up of toxins and impurities. Here’s something to think about.

What is the largest organ in the body? What is one of the most important elimination organs in the body, playing a large role in daily detoxification? What organ receives a third of all the blood that is circulated in the body? When the blood is full of toxic materials, what organ will reflect this with problems? What organ is the last to receive nutrients in the body, yet the first to shows signs of imbalance or deficiency?

The answer to all of the above questions is the skin!

The benefits of dry skin brushing include:

· increased the circulation to the skin and breaking down unwanted toxins that can accumulate in fat cells, such as cellulite. It also helps with muscle tone and gives you a more even distribution of fat deposits.

· helps shed dead skin cells (and encourages new cell renewal), which results in smoother and brighter skin.

· assists in improving vascular blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. By releasing toxins, it encourages the body’s discharge of metabolic wastes so the body is able to run more effectively.

· rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin (it feels pretty good, too!).

· enables your skin to absorb nutrients by eliminating clogged pores.

· boosts your self esteem knowing and set you up a perfect day! By doing something solely for yourself first thing in the morning, you can develop a beautiful follow-through effect.

Getting started:

· Work in gentle circular, upward motions, then longer, smoother strokes.

· Always begin at the ankles in upwards movements towards the heart – the lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart, so it’s important that you brush in the same direction.

· Your back is the only exception to the preceding rule; brush from the neck down to the lower back.

· After you’ve finished with the ankles, move up to the lower legs, thighs, stomach, back and arms. Be careful of softer and sensitive skin around the chest and breasts, and never brush over inflamed skin, sores or sun-burnt skin.

· Ensure you shower to wash away the dead skin cells and impurities.

· Tip: alternating temperatures in the shower from hot to cold will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation, bring more blood to the outer layers of the skin.

· Moisturize to nourish the skin, try coconut oil

· Repeat this routine for 30 consecutive days and your body will love you for it!

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