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Dry Skin Brushing BenefitsThe Immune System And Protects Us From Disease

Updated on March 22, 2016
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Robert Morgan "Bobby" is a holistic practitioner, master herbalist, iridologist, colonic therapist, author, and international lecturer.

Dry skin brushing stimulates your immune system and  protects you from a multitude of sicknesses and diseases.
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Dry skin brushing is a swift way to enhance the detoxification process, and stimulate the Immune system. Its easy, pleasant, and yields tremendous results

Dry brushing used for centuries by Scandinavians and Russians has come to America and the rest of Europe. More than 30 years ago, a Finnish doctor and one the greatest doctors of the time, Paavo Airola prescribed dry skin brushing for all his patients to help detoxify, exfoliate, and stimulate the skin.

Today, many health practitioners across the world recommend dry skin brushing to open the pores of the skin for detoxification and to clean out the lymphatic system. Dry skin brushing is not only an excellent way to maintain beautiful, healthy skin but also helps strengthen and maintain a healthy body. The ability of the skin (the third kidney) to open up the pores to excrete toxins is of paramount importance in helping to our bodies ability to overcome auto-intoxication and restore the body to health.

When our pores are unclogged with dead cells, and the lymphatic system is stimulated and cleansed, all the organs in our body are better able to carry out the important function of eliminating toxic waste. Further, the mere act of body brushing increases blood circulation in all our underlying organs and tissues.

Dry skin brushing is an amazing healing modality
Dry skin brushing is an amazing healing modality

Dry Skin Brushing... The Great Healer!

Yes, there is incredible healing in dry skin brushing when properly applied to our body's largest organ, and what would that organ be? THE SKIN!

Ok, let's make sure we have a good understanding of why we all need to perform dry skin brushing if we want to maintain the highest level of health. Besides being effective in addressing sickness and disease, dry skin brushing is inexpensive. Knowing the single answer to the following four questions will give you the best reasons for dry skin brushing on a daily basis.

  1. What is one of the most important elimination organs in the body? THE SKIN!
  2. What organ handles ¼ of the body’s detoxification each day? THE SKIN!
  3. What organ eliminates up to 2 pounds of waste acids daily? THE SKIN!
  4. When the blood has an overabundance of toxic materials, what organ will reflect this with problems? THE SKIN!

Recharge Your Immune System and Release Toxins

When I am working with a client, I always make sure they are incorporating a dry skin brushing regimen. The daily dry skin brushing is usually done in conjunction with the other detoxification protocols, as the dry skin brushing serves as a foundation for long term recovery and health.

If my client is suffering from heavy metal or chemical intoxication, I combine skin brushing, saunas, and hot and cold showers into a single protocol. Follow these six easy steps to obtain an advanced level of full body detoxification:

How To Dry Skin Brush

Advanced Dry Skin Brushing Protocol

  1. Skin brush before entering the sauna. Remain in the sauna until in a full sweat.
  2. Immediately take a shower after saunaing. The heat from the sauna removes the toxins released through sweating. Follow the sauna with a cold shower for 3 minutes, and then the hottest shower possible for another 3 minutes, followed by another 3-minute cold shower.
  3. Dry off all of your body and dry skin brush again – always brush towards your heart except for between the bottom and top of your neck.
  4. Jump back into the sauna, and remain to the point of flowing perspiration.
  5. Be sure to be drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
  6. Repeat shower protocol.

This combination of dry skin brushing, saunas, and showers has proved to be a powerful method for eliminating waste and toxins from the body, stimulating the immune system and increasing vitality. If you are sick, I recommend you dry skin brush, morning and night and incorporate the sauna and shower routine. Once you are well, then a once a day dry skin brushing along with your regular shower routine should keep you feeling well.

In less than 5 minutes a day you can supercharge your immune system
In less than 5 minutes a day you can supercharge your immune system

Easy To Follow, 5 Minute Standard Dry Skin Brushing Routine:

  1. When you first start, be sure to brush the skin lightly. Always towards your heart, accept for between the bottom and top of your neck.
  2. As the skin becomes toned, you may brush heavier.
  3. Start at the bottom of the feet using a straight motion.
  4. Brush in long strokes from the feet toward the waist.
  5. Hold your arm out in front of you and brush your shoulders.
  6. Now brush up from the bottom of your neck to the top of it.
  7. Brush from the lower part of your neck toward your heart. Women should not brush their breasts.
  8. Brush your skin until it gets a red glow.
  9. Never wet your dry skin brush, except for cleaning.
  10. Avoid sensitive areas and anywhere the skin is broken.
  • Clean your skin brush using soap and water once a week. After rinsing it out, dry your skin brush in an open sunny spot to prevent mildew.

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7 Healing Benefits Associated With Dry Skin Brushing:

I hope that as you read these benefits, you will want to go and get the best dry skin brush, money can buy, and begin incorporating this powerful healing protocol into your daily lifestyle. Some more benefit assoicated with dry skin brushing are:

  1. Opens pores, removes toxins and the dead skin allowing the skin to breath.
  2. Increases blood circulation and healthy cell renewal.
  3. Helps stimulate hormone and oil-producing glands.
  4. Contributes to take the load off other organs by helping the elimination system to discharge metabolic wastes, greatly aiding the movement of lymph and the lymphatic drainage of the entire body.
  5. Helps rejuvenate the nervous system.
  6. Helps improve muscle tone and prevent fat deposits, including cellulite.
  7. Rejuvenates the skin and improves the complexion.
  8. Lastly, but most importantly the foundation for all other benefits described. Dry skin brushing stimulates the lymph canals to drain toxic lymph matter into the colon, thereby purifying the entire system. Enabling the lymph to perform its house-cleaning duties by keeping the blood, and other vital tissues detoxified. After several days of dry skin brushing, you may notice the gelatinous lymph material in your stools.

Try to purchase a brush with a removable handle.
Try to purchase a brush with a removable handle. | Source

What Kind Of Brush Do I Need?

Last but not least, get a brush today! The best brushes are made from natural fibers. It does not have to be the most expensive; it just needs to feel right for your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, try a soft bristle brush. The most important thing is to get started. Brushes are relatively inexpensive, and you will quickly be able to ascertain the best bristle type. One thing I would suggest is to get a brush where the head is removable from the handle.

Robert Morgan, Naturopath, and Health Counselor

Sue Ellen Meisheri, RN, BSN & Health Counselor

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    • the rawspirit profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Morgan 

      5 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ

      Hi, Marlene, I am so honored by your coming by to read my hubs. Please feel free to critique hubs. I know I have a lot to learn and of all the hub authors who I consider superb writers, you are at the top of the list. I'm glad I was able to share information that you found useful. Blessings, Bobby

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      5 years ago from USA

      I had heard about dry skin brushing from one of the popular television doctor shows. But the show never really explained why people should do this. I learned a lot by reading your hub. I can see the benefits. I have a sauna at home so there is no reason to hesitate. Thank you for all of your helpful information.

    • the rawspirit profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Morgan 

      6 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ

      Dr. Newport's book is a good read. I have been studying MCToil, it's not a cure all, but when combined with the right diet and intermittent fasting, we might just see some good results. Thanks again, I am so grateful for your help. Blessings

    • the rawspirit profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Morgan 

      6 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ

      You are a mind reader. I am working on a hub about dementia. My mother and father are both in a senior care center in California. My mom is in late stages. I have researched MCT and coconut oil for the past year. I also have put together a vegan based diet integrating coconut oil and intermittent fasting, to raise ketones. I will have the hub ready by the end of the week. Wow, great minds think alike. You are awesome. Blessings. Bobby

    • RobinGrosswirth23 profile image

      Robin Grosswirth 

      6 years ago from New York

      Coconut oil is also great for the brain.

    • the rawspirit profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Morgan 

      6 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ

      Robin, thanks again for your input, you are a wealth of knowledge, and I seem to learn something from you, every time you comment. I Love coconut oil and have found it to have excellent antibacterial, anti antifungal properties. I have used it in the past as an adjunct protocol, for my clients were facing yeast infections internally and externally. I thank you again for your insights and sharing your experiences and knowledge. Have the best evening ever... Bobby


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      Robin Grosswirth 

      6 years ago from New York

      I thought it could be done with a dry loofah. Okay, will get a brush. I also advocate using baking soda as an exfoliate for the face. Furthermore, I use virgin coconut oil on my face and on my body.

      Thanks for the important lesson, Bobby.

    • the rawspirit profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Morgan 

      6 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ

      Good morning Delores, I hope you purchase one of these brushes that you have not "paid attention" too. You are going to love doing dry skin brushing. It's more than invigorating it is absolutely on of the easiest and most inexpensive things you can do to ensure you're self from sickness and disease, plus you will look more beautiful every day. I guarantee it! Have a blessed day. Bobby

    • the rawspirit profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Morgan 

      6 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ

      Phyllis, Thank you for your kindness. I do hope that you implement the dry brushing as soon as possible. You are blessed to have all the wonderful facilities at your fingertips. Are you still feeling pain from your back surgery? If so two things to consider DMSO, you can purchase on Amazon in a roll on and a good strong natural anti-inflammatory, like turmeric. Wishing you the best day ever, Blessings, Bobby

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I've seen these brushes in shops but never really paid attention. Seems interesting and sounds quite invigorating. At my age, I need all the rejuvenation I can get!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      6 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      This seems like a great and beneficial way to care for the skin and body for a whole health result. It makes a lot of sense to me. I have access to a sauna and shower room at my apartment complex and will give this a try. I need to start out slow as I am still healing from back surgery and inflammation of the pancreas, which has been very painful. Thank you for this beneficial information.

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    • the rawspirit profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Morgan 

      6 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ

      Good morning, Faith, and yes there is absolutely something you can do. Start by dry skin brushing before every shower or bath. Just doing this on a daily basis will help balance your immune system, cleanse your lymph system and give you glowing skin. Thanks so much for your kind words of encouragement. Blessings to you and your loved ones. Thanks again..

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, this is really fascinating to me for I have never heard of dry skin brushing. I knew of exfoliating the skin but not really brushing it. I never thought of the skin as being an organ, so that is another interesting fact.

      I would love to start this, but I do not have access to a sauna, so how can one implement this regimen at home if one does not have a sauna? Is three something one can do ... as a substitute?

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      Thank you for sharing this useful information!

    • the rawspirit profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Morgan 

      6 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ

      I'm glad this article was helpful. You can remove the sauna and replace it with short 30 second to 1 minute hot and cold alternating showering. Also please look into doing a cleanse followed by a very high raw vegan diet for a period of 21-30 days. I have helped several people reduce there MS symptoms using this type of protocol. If you would like I would be happy to put you in-touch with a friend who has MS and has has great success with this protocol, over the past several years. Blessings to you and your family.

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      6 years ago from USA

      I never heard of this and wished I could do it. With MS the heat of the sauna would likely cause bad effects for me coordination-wise, but it's probably worthwhile to somehow modify the regimen. Great information!

    • the rawspirit profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Morgan 

      6 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ

      I love to use my dry brush between sauna or steaming showers, followed by hot and cold shower sessions. Blessings

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      6 years ago from Europe

      Awesome Hub. I never heard of this before, not that that is a kind of reference :) When I understood al well in this Hub, you've to do this in between two sauna visits. Thanks for the interesting info!


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