stuff i love: my dry brush

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Not too long ago, I was chatting with my homeopathic doctor about ways I could improve my health. He mentioned lymphatic massage as a way to get toxins out of the system. So I tried it. It hurt … and the next day I had a horrible fever that lasted a few days.

On my next visit, I complained to him … “Your suggestion made me sick!”

Rather than sympathizing with me, he got excited and said: “You’ve just learned something important about your body! You’re obviously not detoxing well.”

I already knew that, though … which is why I had tried the massage! And I wasn’t going to try it again because I really did feel awful afterwards. So instead, he recommended something a bit more gentle: dry brushing.

I’d passed by some articles about dry brushing in the last year or so without ever really paying attention. But when he told me that it could to gently stimulate my lymphatic system, I figured it would be worth a try. I picked up my dry brush for $4.99 at Marshalls one night and have been using it for a month or so now. I typically spend a few minutes before every shower dry brushing my skin and it’s quickly become something I love.

I hunted around online for some more information on the benefits of dry brushing and came across an article on Dr. Mercola’s site. I was most intrigued by the top benefit listed … the stimulation of the lymphatic system. Here’s what he says:

In your body, your lymphatic system is the system responsible for eliminating cellular waste products. Hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules allow waste to be collected from your tissues and transported to your blood for elimination, a process referred to as lymphatic drainage.
 
When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick. Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. By stimulating your lymphatic system and helping it release toxins, dry skin brushing is a powerful detoxification aid.

 

Here are some of the other benefits …

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Who doesn’t want to feel less stressed and reduce cellulite?!

So, I’d say my dry brush was $4.99 well spent! If you haven’t yet tried it, give it a whirl! At the very least you’ll definitely give your skin a good exfoliation so you can glow : )

 

p.s. Stressed? This video can change your life!

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I’ve gone plant crazy

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I’m having a bit of a hard time not having my little dog with me. Besides just plain old missing her (oh, she was just the best), I miss having life in my home. My absolute favorite thrift store in this area — the one where I’ve gotten pretty much everything in my apartment! — just so happens to benefit the local animal shelter. People often have their dogs with them while their shopping there. It is BEYOND tempting to just head down the road to the animal shelter and just grab a new little friend.

I haven’t done it, though, because currently I’m working on some goals that make NOT having a dog a wiser decision. Just for now. So, what’s a gal to do?

Well, I started buying plants. Yes. Lots and lots of plants. And flowers, too. I started picking them, buying them … whatever. I think it makes me feel like there’s life in the apartment. I stick them everywhere and find watering them to be more enjoyable than I have in the past. Maybe it’s my super cute pink watering can that I got at Reny’s in Maine? ; )

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I’m a tiny little bit obsessed with bud vases. Not only are they so pretty, but you can take one small bunch of flowers and spread it out all of your apartment : ) I even made some bud vases out of plastic test tube shot containers and hung them on the chalkboard sign in my hallway.

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Having plants around is making me feel better. (Hey, whatever works.) And they’re keeping the air in my apartment fresh.

Oh, and there is one more thing I did pick up at the animal shelter thrift store. His name is Max …
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Isn’t he cute? I actually bought him to use as a prop in a photo shoot. I never used him, though, and decided that maybe he was just meant to stay with me for the time being.

Plants cry their gratitude for the sun in green joy. ~Terri Guillemets

 

p.s. NASA’s guide to the best plants for cleaner indoor air from The Huffington Post.

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I’m not going to lie …

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… I just laughed so hard that I almost threw up. If you haven’t seen this … watch it. If you already have … well watch it again.

 

Oh, the whale.

 

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