Like many, I am guilty of letting things slide when I get busy, or am feeling good or when new stresses get in the way of healthy habits. Time elapses then some how I end up back where I started, sound familiar? And I find that this time of year it just gets harder. I have done this recently with one of my old time, most loved health habits. I want to share with you one of my most favourite of daily habits that is simple and invigorating. Dry skin brushing! It’s one of the best ways to start your day. It gets your blood flowing, wakes your nerves up and just simply makes you feel refreshed and ready to conquer your day!

Skin is our largest organ of elimination. Approximately 10% of body elimination occurs through the skin. More than one pound of waste product is discharged through the skin every day. So why not help your body detoxify effectively?

If the skin becomes inactive because its pores are blocked with millions of dead cells then impurities will remain in the body. The other eliminative organs, mainly the kidneys and liver, will have to work harder and will eventually become overburdened. When toxins and waste begin to build up in the tissues because the kidneys and liver are overwhelmed, the risk of disease is increased.

How does dry brushing help?

On the surface, not only does it tighten and improve your skin’s texture by removing dead skin layers, it helps reduce dreaded cellulite and treat and prevent future ingrown hairs. And by stimulating circulation you are aiding digestion, increasing oxygenation and cell renewal, draining and cleansing the lymphatic system, detoxifying the body and immune system and stimulating dry skin oil production.

I’m in – how do I do it? 

No need to set your alarm even earlier, it shouldn’t take more than five minutes. Start at the feet and work your way towards the heart, brushing in an upward motion to aide in lymphatic flow. Once you get to arms, just raise and brush in a downward motion towards your heart. Be sure to apply firm pressure. That’s it, you’re done.

Where to buy?

You can find a dry skin brush at your local health food store. It is a natural bristle brush and can be found in different shapes and sizes. With daily use you should replace it every 6-12 months.

Commit to it this holiday season. Try this everyday for a month and let me know what you think. I think you will be thoroughly impressed with the results in improved skin health, energy and overall health. It truly is a great way to start your day and there is no better way to say you love yourself then to do something healthy and invigorating everyday! Plus, your glowing skin will be the perfect compliment to the holiday tinsel.

In great health & happiness,

Dr. Michelle

Michelle-Peris-March-2012-H-M-TwitterDr. Michelle Peris is a Naturopathic Doctor whose goal is to inspire health through educating, motivating and empowering people.  She has a family based practice out of a clinic in Oakville, Ontario.

Contact Dr. Michelle today to book your 15 minute complimentary consult.