One of the things I do almost every day to support my body’s detoxification process is skin brushing. Skin brushing is one of the cheap and easy ways to help release toxins through the skin. I first heard about it from a colon hydrotherapist who said I needed to give my liver a rest. At the time, my skin was way too sensitive to try it. Now, as my nervous system has calmed down a bit, I do it before each shower.
The basic idea is to use a natural bristle brush to brush the skin in the direction of blood flow in the veins (i.e. from the periphery towards the heart) while your skin is completely dry (as in not wet). It takes a few minutes to cover the entire body (avoid the face and genitals) once over. If a person can stand it, I’ve read suggestions for doing it for 5 to 15 minutes. I can stand about 3 minutes.
After brushing the entire surface of the body, it’s time to get into the shower and wash off all the dead skin cell and cleanse the pores. For this I use a mild body wash and a regular cotton wash cloth.
It’s important to do this before getting wet because the skin stretches when it is wet, so the brush would mostly stretch out the skin’s surface without exfoliating it or stimulating the tissue underneath.
I bought a natural bristle brush from the local health food store for about $10. It has a long detachable handle for those who like a handle to reach their backs but don’t want to deal with an unwieldy stick the rest of the time. I’ve read that a dry loofah sponge works just as well.
There is some debate about what to do over the abdomen. Sometimes I brush upwards. Sometimes I do it in a circle following the outline of my large intestines.
On the rest of my body, I avoid circular motions (even small ones) because I read that brushing against the direction of a vein can put pressure on it, ultimately leading to a varicose vein. I’m not sure if it’s true, but why risk it?
The benefits (according to a variety of websites and my colon hydrotherapist) include
- exfoliating dead skin cells, which you can actually see sloughing off if you have dry skin (as in dried out as opposed to not recently in contact with water)
- clearing out the pores to let out sweat and oil more efficiently which is especially important for detoxing because sweat is a great way to release toxins
- stimulating oil glands, which helps restore dry skin (I’ve heard this but I haven’t seen a difference yet)
- stimulating the lymphatic system and pushing the fluid in the direction it needs to move to rejoin the blood (usually this is done by muscle contractions–for those of us who can’t exercise regularly, skin brushing can be very beneficial)
- supporting blood circulation by helping move stagnant blood towards larger veins and the heart for recirculation (this, too, is normally a function of muscle contractions)
According to various websites, there are all sorts of additional benefits which I can’t verify. You’ll have to do your own research to find out.
Today is a co-infection day. I haven’t totally committed to doing Babesia everyday. I may go back to every other day if the toxins seem like they’re catching up to me. In the meantime, I’m doing Bartonella every other day.
- Bartonella, abdomen, 5 minutes
- Babesia, chest, 2 minutes 30 seconds; liver, 1 minute 30 seconds
- Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes
Coiling for Babesia gave me the lump in my throat.
I had more cabbage today. I have to say, I relish my cooking. I don’t go for very fancy items. I like to start with my favorite Ayurvedic cookbook, Heaven’s Banquet, then modify the recipes to my preferences. That’s how I started with the sauteed cabbage. I added in the turmeric yesterday and it was such a treat that I made it the same way today.
- homeopathic support
- juiced greens
- skin brushing
- castor oil pack on liver
I must admit, this is my least favorite part of my blog. I don’t like thinking about all the problems of the day. I’d rather stick to the treatment without the results. However, I’ve been able to look back and see what happened before to decide what to try when something needs to change.
I had a night sweat last night. I woke up after less than 7 hours. After about 10 minutes, I was ready to sleep for another 2 hours. I slept on the BioMat and found that the muscle pain in my shoulders that I had before bed yesterday was gone.
I was very tired today. The fatigue was centered around my thighs, where the muscles felt weak and tired. I had some heart symptoms this morning despite extra magnesium, which convinced me to lie down for a while, even after I was wide awake. I did a few things around the house and needed to recline again. I had to rest after going for a walk in the beautiful weather we’re having in Jackson Heights. I’m ready to lie down now, too, as soon as I finish.
I was also pretty restless, kind of wanting to do something but not able to really settle on anything in particular. Eventually, I managed to go through the papers that needed filing and some irritating conversations with my health insurance company from last year (which I dumped because of exactly the type of problem I dealt with again today).
My joints feel kind of achy, especially my hands, wrists, knees and ankles. My neck is a bit stiff and makes a cracking noise.
I’ve had light sensitivity and floaters. I’m also kind of itchy.
The cabbage cleared out my bowels giving me a very flat stomach.