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Activate your Lymphatic System Daily with Dry Skin Brushing Discipline is Freedom tip #5

By Patty Bafalis December 2, 2015

dryskin2The lymphatic system is part of the circulatory system and a vital part of the immune system, comprising a network of lymphatic vessels that carry a clear fluid called lymph (from Latin lympha meaning water) directionally towards the heart. Unlike the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system is not a closed system. The human circulatory system processes an average of 20 litres of blood per day through capillary filtration, which removes plasma while leaving the blood cells. Roughly 17 litres of the filtered plasma are reabsorbed directly into the blood vessels, while the remaining three litres remain in the interstitial fluid. One of the main functions of the lymph system is to provide an accessory return route to the blood for the surplus three litres.

The other main function is that of defense in the immune system. Lymph is very similar to blood plasma: it contains lymphocytes and other white blood cells. It also contains waste products and debris of cells together with bacteria and protein. That’s when dry skin brushing can help you. It stimulates your lymphatic system helping you eliminate waste and toxins that can build up and make you sick.

 

Other benefits of dry skin brushing:

1-Exfoliates your skin, removing  dead dry skin, improving appearance, clearing your clogged pores, and allowing your skin to “breathe.”

2-Increases circulation, encouraging elimination of metabolic waste.

3-Reduces cellulite by softening  hard fat deposits below the skin while distributing fat deposits more evenly. This may help to diminish the appearance of cellulite. I can personally attest for this one, after 9 months of daily dry skin brushing almost all of mine are gone! Of course a healthy diet and yoga also contributed to this.

4-Great for stress relief. The act of dry brushing has been described as meditative (especially if you do it in a quiet space) and may reduce muscle tension, calm your mind, and relieve stress. Many compare it to a light whole-body massage.

5-It’s energizing and rejuvenating! You will notice how invigorated you will feel after a quick brushing session!Your skin will be tighter and have a wonderful glow!

 

How to do it:

First, you’ll need a really good quality dry brush with natural bristles. Choose a brush with a long handle so you can reach your back. The movements should be circular, starting at the extremities towards your heart. Apply a little pressure, but not too much. This should feel good. I like to do right before I take a shower which is about twice a day. Once or twice a day is enough, but you can do more if you wish. I promise you you will get hooked on dry skin brushing and making it a part of your daily ritual will be a pleasure for you and not a chore!

 

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