In Western medicine and Western society, we are very guilty of compartmentalising our bodies and not treating them as an interconnected system. Doctors tend to treat symptoms and not causes. But could complimentary therapies or practices help reduce cancer risk.
For example, we should view a tumour as a symptom of a larger condition. The tumour itself is a manifestation of our system breaking down. If we target the cause, (such as poor diet), and change the inputs into our system, we give it a fighting chance to correct itself through the natural inbuilt processes that normally keep you cancer-free.
It is the same way with how we view our organs. The narrow view is that each organ has its own unique function. Your brain allows you to think, your heart pumps blood around your body, your kidneys eliminate waste, and so on.
However, given that our body is a complex interconnected system, it isn’t accurate to assume that a single function is catered for by a single organ.
A good illustration of this, is the fact that your skin actually eliminates a quarter of the toxins from the body. It is sometimes referred to as the third kidney. Your lungs are sometimes referred to as the second kidney. Each has the capacity to help our bodies eliminate waste and toxins. If one organ is overloaded, the others are able to assist.
The importance of maintaining healthy skin
The skin is the largest organ in the body, with its primary role being to keep the external environment out. However, its secondary function is the elimination of up to 1 lb of waste acids and toxins per day!
Poor circulation, sluggish movement of your lymphatic system, blocked pores and a range of other issues hamper your skin’s ability to support your kidneys. This can often be evidenced by acne, hives, body odour, itchiness, rashes and even eczema or psoriasis.
If toxins are not allowed, or are unable, to escape through your skin, they become trapped in your fat tissues, contributing to cellulite. Alternatively, they are reabsorbed into your bloodstream, which adds to the strain on your liver and kidneys.
This is where dry skin brushing comes in. Many people consider dry skin brushing to be purely a cosmetic process. However, it has been shown to strengthen the immune system, improve our digestion, improve circulation, stimulate the nervous system and improve muscle tone.
Can dry skin brushing prevent cancer?
With regards to cancer, perhaps the most important aspect of dry skin brushing is improving the flow of the lymph in your lymphatic system. This can improve the function of your immune system, reducing cancer risk or giving your body the best chance to operate effectively during treatment.
Your lymphatic system is a vitally important part of your immune system because it enables the movement of white blood cells, called lymphocytes, to carry nutrients to cells and remove waste. Your lymphatic system is independent of your bloodstream, but waste products are removed to the blood, for quicker elimination from the body by the liver and kidneys.
Usually, exercise stimulates the flow of your lymphatic system, when your muscles contract. The lymphatic system has oneway valves that enable the fluid to move when the muscles contract, without then returning to the same point afterwards.
In the absence of exercise or physical stimulation of the skin, lymph may not move quickly enough, resulting in external symptoms such as swollen tissues, e.g. Swollen ankles.
By engaging in dry skin brushing, you are able to get the lymphatic movement your body needs to operate a significant part of your immune system efficiently.
Other health benefits of dry skin brushing
Dry skin brushing also stimulates the hormonal and oil glands. Your skin naturally produces oils that are necessary to stay healthy.
The removal of dead skin cells is also necessary to prevent them from clogging the system. Clogged pores can result in body odour, because sweating is an important part of detoxification. Stimulating the nerve endings in your skin also tones your muscles and tightens the skin.
What type of brush should you buy?
When you are choosing a brush for dry skin brushing, be sure to buy a natural fibre vegetable bristle brush, because it will not scratch your skin like synthetic brushes can.
You also need a brush with a long handle to make it more practical and able to brush your back. If you find the brush to be a little bit course, you can desensitise your skin by conducting this process with a towel until you are used to it.
How to use a dry skin brush effectively
For best results, brush before showering or bathing, but brush yourself at least once per day. The more vigorous you are able to be, the better, but bear in mind that dry skin brushing is different from brushing in the bath, because wet brushing may stretch your skin.
Start with the soles of your feet first, because the nerve endings there can stimulate your whole body. You are always going to brush with long sweeping strokes towards the heart, because this mirrors the motion of your lymphatic system. Avoid brushing areas with broken skin.
Brush your ankles, your calves and thighs, followed by your stomach, buttocks and back.
Brushing your abdomen in clockwise circles, (if you imagine you have a clock face painted on your stomach), may also help to stimulate your digestive system to remove waste products.
Brush from your fingers, up your arms, then finally, from your shoulders down your chest towards your heart.
For optimum results, follow your warm bath or shower by a very quick rinse in cool water, because it triggers a change in your blood circulation which may aid in the removal of toxins close to the surface of your skin.
Feel free to spend extra time on hips, thighs and buttocks to help break down cellulite, which may be storing additional toxins that have built up over time. Many people find that doing this process for several months can have dramatic results, both in terms of their health and also in the appearance of their cellulite.
Be sure to clean your brush in water every few weeks, but allow it to dry before you use it again.
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