Why You Should Start Dry Body Brushing Today

Fast, effective, numerous health benefits – what’s not to love about dry body brushing in the morning?

You may be thinking, Why do I need to add something else to my already busy morning routine? Let me assure you, the extra five minutes this takes is well worth the investment.

dry brush

Think back to your human biology class (minus the traumatizing exams) and answer these questions: What is the largest organ in the body? What is one of the most important elimination organs in the body, playing a large role in daily detoxification? What organ receives a third of all the blood that is circulated in the body? When the blood is full of toxic materials, what organ will reflect this with problems? What organ is the last to receive nutrients in the body, yet the first to shows signs of imbalance or deficiency?

Answer for all: the skin!

The benefits of dry skin brushing include:

  • Increasing the circulation to the skin could possibly reduce the appearance of cellulite. Cellulite is toxic material accumulated in your body’s fat cells. So, rather than take drastic measures like liposuction, how about utilizing the dry skin brushing techniques to help break down unwanted toxins?
  • Dry body brushing helps shed dead skin cells (and encourages new cell renewal), which results in smoother and brighter skin. It can also help with any pesky ingrown hairs.
  • It assists in improving vascular blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. By releasing toxins, it encourages the body’s discharge of metabolic wastes so the body is able to run more effectively.
  • Dry body brushing rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin (and it feels pretty great, too!).
  • It helps with muscle tone and gives you a more even distribution of fat deposits.
  • Dry body brushing helps your skin to absorb nutrients by eliminating clogged pores.
  • Dry body brushing first thing in the morning can actually set up a perfect day! By doing something solely for yourself first thing in the morning, you can develop a beautiful follow-through effect, starting with a healthy breakfast – why ruin all the good work you just did?

 Can you try dry body brushing at home?

Good news – you don’t have to book a pricey spa treatment to reap the benefits; this one can be done in your very own bathroom. All you need to do is purchase a natural bristle brush (not one made from nylon or synthetic materials). One with a long handle is also a plus, as it means you can reach all areas of the body.

The directions are pretty simple:

  • Start on dry skin before bathing.
  • Work in gentle circular, upward motions, then longer, smoother strokes.
  • Always begin at the ankles in upwards movements towards the heart – the lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart, so it’s important that you brush in the same direction.
  • Your back is the only exception to the preceding rule; brush from the neck down to the lower back.
  • After you’ve finished with the ankles, move up to the lower legs, thighs, stomach, back and arms. Be cautious of softer and sensitive skin around the chest and breasts, and never brush over inflamed skin, sores, sun-burnt skin, or skin cancer.
  • Ensure you shower to wash away the dead skin cells and impurities.
  • Tip: alternating temperatures in the shower from hot to cold will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation, bring more blood to the outer layers of the skin.
  • Then follow it up with a natural moisturizer to nourish the skin. After all, doing that dry brushing to remove the old toxins, you don’t want to replace it with new toxins.

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Give dry brushing a shot and feel the benefits!! I would love to hear from you! Let me know if you’ve tried dry brushing and how you felt afterwards.



Recap of the Nourished Festival

I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to be a blogger at the Nourished Festival last weekend, February 9 and 10th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The Nourished Festival, formerly known as the Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo, also covers specialty diets such as paleo, keto, and plant-based products.

I love the opportunity I had as a blogger to interact with the the exhibitors, sample and learn about their products. The speakers’ lectures were very informative.



Nourished Festival Class Schedule

Dr. Peter Kan of Integrated Wellness Center, is a Functional Medicine practitioner. Dr. Kan spoke about the Ultimate Autoimmune Road Map. He mentioned that there are three foundations: 1) Fuel delivery, 2) Immune System, and 3) Detoxification.

Fuel delivery system consists of oxygen, glucose, and digestion. Fuel delivery is the most important foundation. Some symptoms include low blood pressure, circulation problems, and low blood sugar.

Immune system – Dr. Kan mentioned that leaky gut, due to inflammation, is an example of an immune system problem and indicates an underlying digestive problem such as candida, bacteria, or parasite.

Detoxification – Dr. Kan mentioned that detoxification includes detoxing the liver and gall bladder. Toxins are eliminated through the kidney and skin.

Note: Inflammation is the root cause of disease. You want to ask yourself: what is causing my inflammation?

Nourished Festival Ultimate Autoimmune Roadmap

If you’re interested in information on your thyroid, pick up the book, “Why do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms?”

Nourished Festival Integrative Wellness Center


Desiree Nielsen is a Registered Dietician from Vancouver, BC, Canada. Desiree’s lecture was about Your Gut and You. She spoke about the gut-brain connection, supplements – omega 3, vitamin D, and a few others; fermented foods, and probiotics. She suggested eating anti-inflammatory foods i.e. using Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid.

Desiree recommended taking an integrated holistic approach: 1) Eat plant-based foods, 2) Take a quality probiotic, 3) Don’t just manage stress, take steps to neutralize it.

Nourished Festival Lecture Gut Health


Elizabeth Gronert – Your Comfort for Life

Nourished Festival Elizabeth Gronet

Elizabeth lectures on bone broth meals, toxic-free chemicals for your home, and Survival for Sensitive and Autoimmune Skin.


Karen Masterson Koch, CN, Founder of Aloe Life

Nourished Festival Aloe Life founder and me 2019

Aloe Life’s aloe vera juice is very good for digestive health. A must read is Beyond Gluten! Karen’s Face & Body Lotion is a must-have for your skin!

Nourished Festival Aloe Life literature




Rise Buddy

Nourished Festival Rise Buddy Kids Snacks

Rise Buddy are healthy snacks for kids. They are available on Amazon. Rise Buddy will be at Natural Expo West.


Nourished Festival Soozys muffins

Soozy’s muffins are soy free, grain free, dairy free, gluten free, peanut free, has no hydrogenated oil, no fillers, and no sugar. The muffins have coconut sugar or maple syrup in their muffins. The muffins are already baked and very moist. The muffins are also paleo friendly. Some flavors are wild blueberry, double chocolate, and sweet potato. Soozys is available at Ralphs in the frozen section or buy online on their website.


The Real Coconut

Nourished Festival The Real Coconut Coconut flr chips

The Real Coconut by Daniella Hunter are grain, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and corn free. Their products are vegan and paleo.


Superfood Bowls

Nourished Festival Superfoods Roots

Their products are perfect for your smoothies and smoothie bowls.



Nourished Festival Jovial pastas

You have to check out Jovial’s pastas!  They are gluten free and made with brown rice.


Mikey’s Healthy Hot Pockets

Nourished Festival Mikeys Healthy Hot Pockets

If you are a hot pocket lover, you will love Mikey’s hot pockets! They are available in three flavors:  plant-based cheese alternative, uncured pepperoni, and cauliflower. Their cheese alternative is their most popular flavor. They are paleo friendly and gluten-free. Mikey’s is available at Target, Ralphs, Whole Foods, and Sprouts.



Nourished Festival Aleias Gluten Free Cookies

Aleias’ products are gluten-free, dairy-free, and non-gmo.

Nourished Festival Aleias Stuffing coatings


Urban Remedy

Nourished Festival Urban Remedy cacao chip

Urban Remedy has bars, snacks, cold pressed juices, meal plans, cleanses, and more. Their Cacao Chip bars are very good and vegan! Their cold pressed juices are amazing!

Nourished Festival Urban Remedy


Brazi Bites

Nourished Festival Brazi Bites

If you love cheese, you will love Brazi Bites! Their little cheese balls are delicious and make the perfect snack! You can find them at your local grocer.



Nourished Festival Briannas Salad Dressings

Brianna’s has tasty, healthy salad dressings!


Hearthy Foods

Nourished Festival gluten free specialty flours


Nourished Festival Hearthy Specialty Flours

Hearthy Foods is known for the collagen and gelatin.


Explore Cuisine

Nourished Festival Explore Cuisine Red Lentil Pasta



Nourished Festival Healthy Ramen

If you are a ramen lover, you will love this healthy alternative! This ramen or instant rice noodle by Kobayashi (Gluten Free Meister Kobayashi Noodle) is the perfect healthy substitute. Their ramen is available in three flavors: Tonkotsu, Shoyu, and Miso. The ramen has no msg and is vegetarian. It is available on Amazon and sells out fast!


On the Go

Nourished Festival On the Go Fusion Snack

On the Go is just like it’s name implies: You can take their products on the go i.e. smoothies and snacks.


Simply Delish

Nourished Festival Keto Friendly

Simply Delish has sugar free, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and GMO free desserts.


Here is the complete festival exhibitor list.

Nourished Festival Exhibitors 2019




Nourished Festival Miltons


Nourished Festival Enjoy Life 2019


Nourished Festival Path of Life frozen foods


Nourished Festival Sponsors 2019


The Blogger Zone

Bloggers getting the red carpet treatment!

Nourished Festival Blogger Zone red carpet


Nourished Festival Blogger Zone


Nourished Festival me in blogger booth 2019

Thank you #NourishedFestival!  It was awesome being able to meet other bloggers and networking with the exhibitors and speakers! And thank you sponsors for the blogger goodies and breakfast! Looking forward to seeing you at next year’s festival!





One Business Tip I Learned

This is one business tip I learned from a fellow health coach on the IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition) Live Stream of the Live Event in Miami, FL over the weekend.


How many of us want to do it all?


Tip: Only choose one thing at a time.


Follow this Formula

Phase 1: Innovate.  What is your vision?  Where are you creative?  What lights you up? Who do you want to serve? How do you want to serve your platform?

Phase 2: Generate.  This is warrior mode.  This is where you are in the act of doing and you are committed to action i.e. generating leads by speaking at seminars, doing consultations, etc.)  Keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Phase 3: Automate. This is where you get your business to a place you want it so that it sustains you.  This is where you set your rates, get the number of clients to sustain your business, and you create a referral system.


Once you create this, you can innovate a new project.


To your health and happiness.





Welcome to my blog!

My name is Shaline Miller. I am a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Institute for Integrative Nutrition graduate, author, Raw Food Educator, and Certified NLP Practitioner. I am a Santa Ana Digestive Health Examiner at http://www.examiner.com, and a featured health blogger for http://www.modernmom.com.

My Story

I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Human Resources Management from California State University Long Beach. I worked in aerospace for seven years then become a stay-at-home mom for 15 years. I divorced after 16 years of marriage and re-entered the work force. I worked temporary jobs before landing a position as an Assistant Property Manager. I worked in commercial real estate/property management for three years before becoming one of the “unemployed” statistics. This led me to pursue my passion: nutrition and helping people get healthy as well as myself. It is my health issues with acid reflux that led me to study holistic nutrition and become a health lifestyle coach. I took several acid reflux medications but found that none of them alleviated my acid reflux. One day, I decided that I needed to stop taking the medication and make some changes. I naturally alleviated my acid reflux symptoms by changing my diet and making lifestyle changes.

I received my Professional Nutrition, Diet, and Health Certificate from Ashworth College and am a member of the International Honor Society Delta Epsilon Tau having graduated with honors.

Health Coaching is my passion and I hope my blog is a source of information and inspiration!