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What are the primary functions of the lymphatic system?

The lymphatic system is part of the circulatory system, comprising a network of channels called lymphatic vessels that carry a clear, colorless fluid called lymph. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, containing white blood cells, which helps rid of the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials.

Other functions of the lymphatic system:

  • It is responsible for the removal of intestinal fluid from the tissues

  • It absorbs and transports fatty acids from the digestive system

  • It transports white blood cells to and from the lymph nodes into the bones

What are the benefits of dry brushing?

The skin, which is the largest organ in the body, plays a vital role in ridding the body of toxins and impurities. Dry brushing is one of the best techniques to open up the pores of the skin and to stimulate and detoxify the lymphatic system.

Skin brushing helps move lymph fluid and gives us a jump-start on health. When the pores are not clogged with dead cells and the lymphatic system is cleansed, the body is able to carry out its important function of eliminating toxins and waste material.

What are some dry brushing techniques?

First off, you will need a dry brush with a handle. You can find one at most pharmacies/health food stores. The bristles should be a soft/medium texture. You can brush with short or long strokes. Make sure you brush at least 3 strokes on each body part per side.

  • Begin by brushing in a circular motion at the top of the chest to stimulate the lymphatic ducts around the collarbone area. Next, brush upwards from the heart towards the collarbone.

  • Then, start in the middle of the chest, below the breast (the same technique applies to men) and brush upwards towards the armpit.

  • Next, begin at the top of the hand, move up the arm, past the shoulder and around towards the collarbone (in a “J shape” motion). When you complete this, move to the other side of the arm. Start at the wrist, brush upwards and stop at the armpit.

  • Then, begin at the waist (around the navel) and brush downwards towards the groin.

  • Finally, brush the legs from the ankle up towards the groin. Make sure you brush all the way up to the groin in a straight line.

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