This is one reason I like Dr. Weil. He took on the practice of dry brushing to reduce cellulite and eliminate toxins. Dry brushing involves rubbing the skin with a dry, natural bristle brush, in strokes “toward the heart.”
Cellulite reduction or elimination. There is no reason to believe this is true.
Toxic elimination. The idea that dry brushing can eliminate up to a pound of toxins a day, as some proponents claim, is ridiculous.
“Ridiculous.” Can you hear him say that? He says it just like Judge Judy. It’s exquisite.
I’ll tell you what gets rid of toxins, so help me god with that word. The kidneys (nitrogen, water) and the liver (drugs). The skin (nitrogen, minerals, but a pittance compared to the liver) and the lungs too (carbon dioxide). Wait, the intestines (drugs, metals). Okay, we’re really a living, breathing toxin removal system. He says as much:
“Under most circumstances, the body does a good job of cleansing and purifying itself.”
The best way to get rid of toxins is to maintain all the systems of the body in the best shape possible, because they all work in unison. Eating a whole food, plant-based diet, drinking water, and staying active go far in achieving that.
Also, from the New York Times:
Such claims irk Dr. Tina S. Alster, a clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center, who said, exasperated: “It sounds trendy. Everyone wants to flush toxins from their skin. Give the body more credit than that.”
“Dry brushing does get rid of dead skin cells, increase circulation (as a brisk walk would) and help the lymphatic system work better and decrease bloating (as a massage would), Dr. Alster said. However, the grander claims are more suspect.”