Dry Brushing, everyone’s doing it

Come on, you know you want to.

Dry brushing is hands down the easiest detoxification technique you could ever learn and incorporate into your daily routine no matter where you are. I always travel with my dry brush especially when I’m working as a flight attendant because taking care of the largest organ on my body and removing toxins is of huge importance.  Your skin is the first line of defense against invaders therefore dry brushing is a way to keep this organ working efficiently and effectively…. plus it feels really good y’all!

Why?

Our lymphatic system works to flush cellular waste out of our body and when the lymphatic system becomes clogged it can cause inflammation and lower the immune response.  By dry brushing you are stimulating the lymphatic flow under the skin and also detoxifying the body making your defenses stronger against all the muck.

Other benefits:

Exfoliation: This is a wonderful way to remove dead skin cells and encourage the growth of new ones. Younger looking skin…. yes please!

Increased circulation:  After traveling or sitting for long periods of time dry brushing will increase blood flow and reduce swelling in the ankles and limbs, the increased circulation will also give ya a little boost after being stagnant….and we all love to feel all the fancy feels.

Inflammation support: With your vascular circulation increased and the lymphatic system flushing toxins from the body, one can expect increase support in the inflammation response.  If you would like to read about the hormones involved in inflammation click here.

It just feels really good, it’s waaaay better than the pat downs you get at security.

What kind of brush to use:drybrush

A brush with firm natural bristles is best.

How to dry brush:

Always brush towards your heart on dry skin and use a firm circular motion when doing so. I like to start with the bottoms of my feet, work my way up to my heart and then move on to my hands and work towards my heart again.

Who should dry brush?

If you are reading this, you should dry brush.  Our daily lives are full of stress and toxins from the foods we eat and the environments we are in. All of the little things add up, and by adding this to the “little things” your life can become just a little bit healthier.

This can be a  beneficial therapy for athletes or anyone who struggles with chronic pain.  Combining dry brushing with a nutrient dense diet will support the inflammation response which is always crucial in injury recovery.

Aah brush it. Brush it real good!

Sorry I pictured my dry brush next to a cactus, it looks pretty and does not imply dry brushing feels like cuddling my little cactus friend.

 

 

Leaky Gut and GERD = No Bueno

symptomsLeaky Gut and GERD, they are just as nasty as they sound, one is undigested foods entering the bloodstream by penetrating an inflamed intestinal wall and the other is rancid food that’s trying to detour north with the burn of hades instead of heading due south. They are stupid and they are bad, and you just don’t want them. This is why what you eat and how you digest is so important in keeping your internal food hugs on cuddle patrol because leaky gut is an illness which can lead to so much more than digestive discomfort. So…. Who are these bad guys? What causes it? What is happening to your body when all of this angry arrives?

Leaky Gut
In short, Leaky gut occurs when food particles break through the intestinal wall and enter the bloodstream, I know… so gross.

GERD
GERD is  gastroesophageal reflux disease which occurs when foods become rancid in the stomach and backflows into the esophagus causing tons of burn on its fiery journey.

What causes it?

We need healthy hydrochloric acid, aka HCL, aka stomach acid, to break down foods and kill off any bad bacteria which may have traveled with it. Think of it as a bath for your food, and this bath needs to be acidic enough to sterilize and breakdown the food so it can continue on its journey south and it can only pass through the door (pyloric valve) from the stomach into the small intestine if it reaches the right acidity. If it does not… it can just sit there… and rot…. until it reaches proper acid levels just by becoming rancid or it will travel north setting fires in your esophagus, also know as GERD. OUCH. Low HCL levels can be caused by a number of things such as poor diet, stress, excess carbohydrate consumption, excessive alcohol consumption, overuse of medications, nutrient deficiencies, and allergies.

Back to the rot. Ok so, your food has now become rancid enough to pass through the door and travel into the intestines, Eep! This rotten putrid food is now where the majority of nutrients are absorbed from food to enter the blood stream, not good. This will cause inflammation in the intestines, making them more permeable, and now this toxic, rotten, undigested foods and proteins can now break through the intestinal lining and enter the blood stream. WHOA.

OMG, what is this doing to my body?

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Inflammation:
Inflammation can lead to all sorts of problems throughout the body such as joint pain, headaches, fatigue, digestive issues, bloating, weight gain, acne, rosacea, and can exacerbate thyroid conditions.

Food sensitivities:
So all of this muck has permeated through your intestinal wall and entered the bloodstream, your body will now attack these invaders along with the food which came with it. Gluten, casein, and un-sprouted grains (soak them!) are the most aggressive foods coming through your intestinal wall and when they do the body attacks and will now recognize these foods as toxic invaders hence the rise in gluten, dairy, and grain intolerances. It’s not a fad (I get the gluten “fad diet” question all the time) our bodies are developing allergies and intolerances to these foods due to the rise of processed ingredients and a decline in our body’s ability to digest. But don’t blame your body for not being able to digest chemicals, it was never meant to.

Auto-Immune Disease:
Auto-Immune Disease is when the body’s immune system attacks its own healthy cells so when you have leaky gut your overall immune system is greatly effected. Healthy digestion is key to our health and the connection between auto-immune disease and leaky gut cannot be ignored as it is almost always linked. The most common auto-immune diseases are rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease, type-1 diabetes, and multiple sclerosis.

What can I do?

Healing Foods:

  • bone broths – rich in minerals, it’s magic
  • fermented foods – supports digestion with HCL production and encourages growth of gut flora
  • whole foods (not the store, but they do have lots of yums) – one ingredient foods are best
  • good fats – coconut oil, ghee, avocado, fatty fish
  • cooked vegetables – raw vegetables are more difficult to digest
  • foods rich in probiotics – kefir
  • prepare your body to digest – take three big breaths to promote the production of saliva, eat slowly, and CHEW YOUR FOOD (yup, I used all caps).

Avoid:

  • processed foods
  • gluten
  • refined sugar
  • un-sprouted grains
  • cow’s dairy
  • soy
  • vegetable oils

An elimination diet is a good way to restart your system and to discover what allergies or intolerance you may have within your body.  Try The Basic Elimination Diet, by Robin Randisi, NTP,  it will take you through the steps on how to eliminate foods, why you want to eliminate them, and how to reintroduce back into your diet to see if you have any intolerance’s.  By doing this you will protect yourself against leaky gut, GERD, and poor immune health, healthy gut = healthy you!

Food Hugs!