When most people think of detoxing everyday they think of drinking a smoothie that will cleanse their system. Ironically, smoothies aren’t the best way to detox. Eating a diet that’s well-rounded and rich in organ meats, inspired by Weston A. Price or the Paleo food movement, will help us to be nourished and our detoxification organs to work well from a nutritional standpoint. But what else can we do to bolster the systems designed for detoxification, helping them to perform more efficiently?
DETOXIFICATION BATHS AND DRY BRUSHING
Detox baths provide emotional, mental, and physical benefits! Dry brushing, too, enlivens and helps the body to heal.
Let’s find out how to assist our lymphatic system with these two practices, when it gets bogged down!
TAKING CARE OF OUR LYMPHATIC SYSTEM
Our body’s cells and tissues are cleansed by our lymphatic system, a complex network of nodes, glands and vessels. This noble purveyor is the janitor that transports toxins and waste to our filtering organs where the toxins are eliminated: our liver, kidneys and skin.
This system, reaching from cell to organ, can get backlogged over time. To take care of our lymphatic system we need to stimulate lymph circulation.
There are two ways I’ll discuss in this article, (although there are additional methods), to stimulate the lymphatic system, to promote detoxification in the body. One has become very popular recently, and for good reason. It is dry brushing. The other is using seaweed in your bathwater.
Dry brushing dates back hundreds of years to Russia and Scandinavia.
Inexpensive brushes, with long-handled attachments for reaching your back, can be purchased, specifically designed with dry brushing in mind.
The daily sweeping ritual stimulates your lymphatic system. The natural bristles do feel rough when you start the process but they are gentle enough not to scratch your skin. Subtle white marks may be left behind; but your skin will also be very soft and not require moisturizers. Personally I have found this to be a wonderful fringe benefit.
Our skin is the last organ of the body to heal, the last to receive nutrients; yet it is a critical organ for expelling the body’s waste. The process of dry brushing sluffs off dead skin cells that are filled with toxins, which helps lower the body’s toxic load.
Brushing starts at the extremities, the feet and then the hands, and moves toward the heart. It is advised to start gently and over time, brush with a firmer, deeper sweep. By stroking toward the heart the lymphatic flow is improved, moving through the veins.
Here’s my favorite short video that shows exactly how to dry brush. Please take a moment while you’re there to like my Facebook page.
Seaweed powder helps to detoxify the body by stimulating the lymphatic system. It also brings daily, noticeable relief from arthritis, and longer-lasting relief from aches and pains, as well as skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
How does seaweed powder do this? Our bodies absorb the trace minerals, especially iodine, which promotes detoxification by stimulating the thyroid. The vitamin K absorbed bolsters our adrenal glands, balancing hormones. Amino acids in seaweed alleviate inflammation.
Seaweed also has an electromagnetic current that helps congested cells to break down and eliminate fatty toxins and to release excess fluid. This drainage is energizing, helping the body to fend off illness and reduce stress.
MORE GOOD NEWS
Both dry brushing and seaweed baths help to extract and expel fat and toxins that get trapped in connective tissue, what we commonly call cellulite!
And seaweed alone boasts many healing properties, utilized throughout the world: it aids in killing off the flu virus, can beautify hair, improves muscle tone and heart health, and helps with skin tone and acne.
DETOX BATH RECIPE
Detoxification baths are what motivated me to write this article in the first place. They are often overlooked in our busy lives. When I asked Facebook readers if they preferred showers or baths, every single person answered showers- except me!
Baths make me slow down. I can’t work when I’m in the bath. And the moment I sink into that super hot water, SO much stress is released.
Including seaweed, let’s talk about what ideally goes into a detox bath.
Here are your potential ingredients:
- Baking soda (What’s it do and how much exactly to use?)
- Epsom or mineral salts (Read: Epsom Salt Baths Improve Health; and How to Take A Detox Bath)
- 4 T. seaweed powder, or ½ as much for a child’s bath (Here’s a great brand.)
- 3-4 drops lavender essential oil (where to buy quality lavender essential oil) for headaches and mental/emotional relief or 3-4 drops clove essential oil (where to buy quality clove essential oil) to help draw toxins to your skin where they can then be pulled out
Dissolve 1-2 of these ingredients in really hot bath water, comfortable but very hot. Soak in the tub for ideally 40 minutes, until the water cools off.
The HOT water pulls toxins to the skin’s surface. The cooler water expels the toxins.
WHAT’S THE DAILY RITUAL LOOK LIKE?
Every morning I dry brush. It takes 5 minutes and the increased circulation helps to invigorate and wake me up. (I can’t emphasize enough how emotionally and physically helpful dry brushing is in terms of getting me started each day.)
You can shower, optionally, after dry brushing, to wash away the dead skin cells that have been exfoliated.
4-7 nights a week I make time for a detoxification bath, which is recommended if you are trying to heal from any major health issues.
Both of these daily practices will help flush toxins from your system, one important step in healing and supporting optimum health.