What is Dry Brushing and Why Is It Good for Your Health 82

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It’s hard to keep up with the latest wellness trends when you have athletes touting the benefits of cupping, your spiritual guru throwing crystals at you, and your best friend insisting you try bullet journaling. Where to start and how to begin might seem overwhelming. If dry brushing is on your list of wellness trends to check out, don’t miss this essential guide.

What is dry brushing?

Dry brushing is actually an age-old practice of stimulating lymphatic flow in the body through targeted and directed brushing of the skin.

Dry brushes are typically characterized by coarse firm bristles made of natural hair. They might feature a long handle to make brushing extremities (legs and arms) and your back easier. Or they may be affixed to a hand-held pad for brushing your face – visit this link for more info.

Technically a form of exfoliating, dry brushing is best done prior to a shower and when standing in your tub or bathroom (as dead and dry skin cells will be sloughed off of you). There is a specific method to dry brushing based on the flow of lymph fluid in your body. What is lymph fluid exactly?

Your lymphatic system is an intricate network of lymphatic ducts, vessels, glands (like your thyroid), and organs (like your spleen) which serve as a sort of drainage system for your body. Lymph fluid is pulled out of your body’s tissues and flushed through this system where it is filtered to remove toxins and unwanted waste byproducts (like lactic acid). When an infectious foreign body, like bacteria, fungi, or a virus enter your body, it’s your lymphatic system which detects the danger and sends special cells to fight off the infection.

Unlike the system of blood vessels and arteries which circulate blood around your body via the pumping of your heart, lymph fluid is pushed through the lymphatic byways by the contracting and relaxing of muscles. It is mobilized down through your legs and then back up to your chest where it reenters the bloodstream. Hence, the technique of dry brushing requires long strokes up the legs and arms towards the chest to stimulate this natural flow.

What are the health benefits of dry brushing?

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Because dry brushing both exfoliates your skin as well as boosts lymphatic flow, it actually bears several health benefits you can appreciate. These include:

1. Increased circulation.

The natural stimulation of the skin through dry brushing helps to increase blood circulation to underlying tissues, relieving skin congestion and spurring elimination of metabolic waste.

2. Stimulates detoxification.

Dry brushing perfectly accompanies a detox diet as it serves to trigger natural filtration systems in the body. Lymph fluid can actually build up and stay stagnant when you are inactive, sick, and so on. Dry brushing flushes the system and transports harmful toxins and germs out of the body. This natural cleansing process can also give your immune system a boost and better equip your body to fight off microbes that cause common colds.

3. Rejuvenates skin.

The exfoliation aspect to dry brushing largely benefits your outward appearance by smoothing out the texture and tone of your skin. As millions of skin cells die each day, many fall of your body but many also remain and build up. Combined with other impurities from the environment you end up with clogged pores, rough patches, and dry, flaky skin. Dry brushing smooths the surface of the skin, minimizing pores and giving you a refreshed, healthy glow.

4. Tackles stress.

Like yoga, aromatherapy, and massage, dry brushing offers natural stress relief that can benefit your mood, outlook, and even physical experience of pain. The deep pressure and rhythmic strokes of dry brushing can alleviate muscle tension, boost your attentiveness, as well as positively alter the way you feel about your body – hello renewed confidence!

Skin care is even more important during the cold, dry months of fall and winter. Consider incorporating dry brushing into your skin care routine for effective exfoliation and lymphatic stimulation!

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10 Unusual Sleeping Habits of The Rich and Famous 20

Good sleep is a very precious commodity which is treasured and, far too often, quite rare. If you’re rich, famous and successful, this is even more relevant. Here is a quick look at 10 of the most unusual sleeping habits of the rich and famous:

Good sleep is a very precious commodity which is treasured and, far too often, quite rare. If you’re rich, famous and successful, this is even more relevant.

When it comes to getting a good solid night’s sleep, some people will go to extreme lengths to ensure it goes ahead without disturbance or hindrance. But for others, sleep is not high on their list of priorities and can function on as little as a few hours per night.

Here is a quick look at 10 of the most unusual sleeping habits of the rich and famous:

The Sleep Habits of Rich and Successful People

Arianna Huffington

The Greek-American author and founder of The Huffington Post once suffered from exhaustion so severe that she collapsed and awoke in a pool of her own blood.

Eager to not let the incident repeat itself, Arianna Huffington established a strict bedtime routine which she sticks to like clockwork.

Arianna turns off all of her electronics and gadgets, placing them on charge outside of the bedroom. She then takes a hot bath with lavender oil and Epsom salts, before changing into special sleep clothes and reading until dozing off.

Winston Churchill

A British statesman, military officer and war-time Prime Minister, Winston Churchill was a biphasic sleeper and would take a two-hour nap each day at 5 pm, after drinking a whiskey and soda.

It was common for Winston Churchill to work throughout the night.

Because of his irregular sleeping pattern, it is rumored that he would hold meetings of the War Cabinet from his bathtub.

Churchill held his sleeping habits in high-esteem, commenting that they allowed him to get one and a half day’s work done in 24 hours.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Italian painter, sculptor and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci followed a polyphasic sleep process which he aptly named “The Da Vinci Sleep Schedule” which involved sleeping between 20 minutes and 2 hours per session, several times per day.

This unconventional sleep schedule definitely gave him more time during his days. But it could have also made it quite difficult to work on long-term projects which required more concentration.

Shaquille O’Neal

Retired American professional basketball player Shaquille O’Neal suffers from sleep apnea, meaning that his breathing periodically stops for a short period whilst he’s sleeping.

In severe cases, these breathing lapses can last up to ten seconds and occur several times throughout the night…


Lyndon B. Johnson

The former President of the United States was known to split his day into two parts which enabled him to get more work done.

He typically woke up at around 6 am to 7 am and worked until 2 pm, before exercising and taking a quick 30-minute nap, after which he would wake up and work until the early hours of the morning.

Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla – the Serbian-American inventor and physicist – followed an ‘Uberman’ sleep cycle which he claimed never allowed him to sleep for more than two hours per day.

As a child, Tesla would suffer from nightmares and perhaps this influenced his desire to sleep less. It is reported that once Tesla worked for more than 84 hours without any rest whatsoever.


The American rapper puts tinfoil on his windows at night to stop any light seeping in. And is said to play white noise on his speakers and through the television, which helps him sleep better when traveling between different time zones.

Salvador Dali

Spanish painter, photographer and sculptor Salvador Dali would sit with a key in one hand placed above a metal plate.

As soon as Dali would fall asleep, the key would slip from his hand and clang against the metal plate, immediately waking him up.

Tell me about surreal sleeping habits!

These are just ten of our favorite unusual sleeping habits of the rich and famous. Throughout history, there have been many documented unusual sleeping habits and you can check out our infographic if you want to learn more.

Names such as Vincent Van Gogh, Charles Dickens, Barack Obama and Isaac Newton all feature here – you might be surprised at what you learn! Now, here’s an infographic by Celebjury with more of the amazing sleeping habits of rich, famous and successful people from all fields: