Imagine if every single day, you had to deal with your toilets backing up into your home and overflowing with waste. Imagine the mess this would leave and the clean-up that would be required…
That’s how I want you to envision your body when it’s not correctly eliminating waste! Fortunately, we have an essential system regulating this for us when it functions optimally: lymphatics.
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help to remove waste and toxins from the body. It works in conjunction with the circulatory system and immune system to transport lymph. This fluid contains white blood cells throughout the body, critical in maintaining a healthy immune system and preventing infections.
Support your lymphatic system regularly to detoxify it by doing the following:
Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water with a pinch of Redmond’s Real Salt helps flush toxins out of the body and keeps the lymphatic system working smoothly.
Exercise regularly: Exercise helps to improve lymphatic flow by stimulating the muscles that surround the lymphatic vessels. Unlike the circulatory system, which relies on the heart to pump blood throughout the body, the lymphatic system relies on muscle contractions and movement to circulate lymph fluid. Your lymph doesn’t move unless you do, so incorporating movement, especially if you sit all day, is integral to your health.
Eat a healthy diet: Consuming a diet rich in low-sugar fruits, vegetables, and ancient grains can help support the lymphatic system’s health by providing essential nutrients and antioxidants.
Massage: Lymphatic massage is a gentle massage technique that helps to stimulate lymphatic flow and remove waste and toxins from the body. It can be done by a professional or at home using a foam roller or massage ball.
Dry Brushing: Dry brushing uses a dry brush with stiff bristles to stimulate the skin and improve lymphatic flow. Dry brushing is one of the most fantastic ways to care for yourself, so I want to spend more time here!
Here are the steps to follow when dry brushing your lymphatics:
- Choose the Right Brush: Using a brush with stiff, natural bristles is important to exfoliate the skin and stimulate the lymphatic system effectively. Look for a brush with a long handle to easily reach all areas of your body.
- Dry Brush Before Showering: Dry brushing should be done before showering, as it can help to remove dead skin cells and improve circulation. Begin by brushing your feet and legs, moving strokes upward toward your heart. Then, move on to your arms, brushing from your hands up to your shoulders.
- Brush Your Abdomen and Chest: Next, move on to your abdomen and chest, using circular motions to massage the skin. Be gentle when brushing over sensitive areas such as the breasts.
- Brush Your Back: Using long, sweeping strokes, brush your back from your shoulders down to your lower back. If you’re having trouble reaching certain areas, use a brush with a detachable head or ask someone to help you.
- Finish with Your Neck and Face: Using gentle strokes, brush your neck and face, being careful around delicate areas such as the eyes and mouth. You can use a smaller brush specifically designed for the face or your regular dry brush.
- Shower and Moisturize: After dry brushing, shower to rinse off any dead skin cells and toxins released. Finish off by applying a nourishing moisturizer to your skin. My favorite is Luscious Lemon to help further stimulate the lymph system.
Tips for Dry Brushing
- Always brush towards your heart to promote lymphatic flow.
- Use light pressure when brushing over sensitive areas.
- Avoid dry brushing over broken skin or rashes.
- Clean your brush regularly with soap and water to prevent bacteria buildup.
Dry brushing is a simple yet effective practice that can help to support the lymphatic system, improve circulation, and promote healthy skin. Following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can easily incorporate dry brushing into your daily routine and enjoy the benefits of this ancient practice.
For a more detailed look at the steps within a lymphatic detox, and to get started with yours today, grab a copy of my Lymphatic Healing Protocol!