Skin is the largest elimination organ in/on our bodies, and plays a key part in detoxification. It makes up about 15% of our bodies & helps control our body temperature. Skin has several layers to it, people generally only worry about the top (epidermis) layer but there is also the dermis and subcutaneous layer which are just as important.
Dry brushing is generally used in health spas (expensive ones may I add) and holistic massage and body therapy places. It is done BEFORE you shower in the morning – hence the name dry brushing :)!
What will I need to dry body brush?
You will need a long handle brush (soft or hard you choose) here is the one I use and a pottle of body scrub, here is my favourite one from Lemongrass House which sells all natural products.
How to dry brush…
- Give yourself 10 – 15 minutes YOU time before your day starts
- Always brush TOWARDS your heart as you want to assist the natural flow of lymph through the body. Work from feet to thighs, hands to shoulders, and neck to chest.
- All of your movements need to be long and sweeping motions. Repeat each stroke 3 – 5 times over the same area to increase the flow of lymph.
- Circular motions can be made over areas where lymph nodes are located ie: behind the knees, groin, and underarms.
Here is a picture to show the directions to dry brush towards.
Some of you would have seen my recent Wellbeing 101 lifestyle change.
Here is a quick update on my lunch break on the first few days.
I woke up with a newly found energy, even though I hadn’t started taking my wellbeing tonic (or liquid therapy as I call it).
I guess your mind really plays a part in how you feel.
I started the day with a healthy protein filled breakfast (Skye would be proud) which consisted of two eggs poached on bread rolls (I had run out of sliced bread) with a large glass of water with 7mls of my wellbeing tonic drizzled in. Not too sure how to put this nicely – but – I almost threw up when I took a large drink of the wellbeing tonic. I am usually good with these sorts of things – but this was on a whole new level. I take a few more gulps before tipping it down the sink – Skye had warned me and told me to mix it was juice or water, of course I had run out of fresh juice. Learnings – do not drink it mixed with water – licorice root tastes bad.
I hadn’t made it to the supermarket that day so I didn’t take it that evening either. I did however take the magnesium powder mixed in a glass of water that morning (Ultra Muscle Eze Energy) and it tasted fine. 🙂
Overall, my first day was a bit of a disaster with the wellbeing tonic but I did feel very energised with the magnesium powder. 🙂 Yay!
I ended the day with a nice fruit platter, brought from the Asian Supermarket for $2.50. Bargain!
Starting the day with energy is fantastic, even after just one day of taking the magnesium powder (Ultra Muscle Eze Energy) I felt and still feel fantastic. I got straight out of bed and felt refreshed after a good sleep, the first time I have felt like that for years. Lately I have been feeling slow in the mornings.
I would recommend the energy boosting powder to anyone who is feeling tired all the time even though you get enough sleep – you could be lacking magnesium (although I am no health expert). Another post to come soon about the benefits of magnesium – will keep you posted (mind the pun:)).
This morning I mixed the wellbeing tonic with a glass of apple juice and the wellbeing tonic tasted fine – thank goodness for that. After one full day of taking the wellbeing tonic I don’t feel much different but it normally takes a 10 – 14 days until your body flushes out all the toxins etc. I know when I am drinking the wellbeing tonic its doing good though, which makes me feel better anyway :).
Here’s my healthy lunch from today
$5 for a homemade lunch which consisted of 1 x avocado sliced, 1 x red capsicum and 1 x spring water can of tuna – simple – easy & healthy.
Keep you posted in a few days