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The Importance of Cleansing Within

By: Gloria Gilbere, ND, PhD
Posted: June 6, 2008, from the February 2007 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Clinical experience has shown that it is just as important to care for the skin from the inside as from the outside—maybe even more so. When the internal toxic load is reduced, clearer, more radiant skin occurs because skin responds on a cellular level. This includes a more youthful appearance, healthier skin, increased energy and stamina, and enhanced mental functions to aid in clear, focused and alert thinking.

The following basic recommendations can assist you in providing your clients with a blueprint on which they can rebuild and rejuvenate their bodies.

  • Supplement your diet daily with vegetable fiber and herbal colon-cleanse tablets taken anytime in the evening. These act as intestinal brushes to remove colonic debris and keep it from recirculating through the liver.
  • Consume half of your body weight in ounces of water daily. Example: a person who weighs 150 lbs. should drink 75 oz. of water per day.
  • Schedule a series of professional colon hydrotherapy sessions and maintenance by a certified therapist—most spas outside the United States offer this service.
  • Support liver function and detoxification by using a homeopathic or herbal supplement, under the guidance of a detoxification professional.
  • Drink 2–4 oz. of fresh, organic wheatgrass juice concentrate daily. The high chlorophyll content assists internal purification, kidney and blood cleansing, and rejuvenation of blood cell integrity.
  • Dry brush the skin one to two times daily, just before showering, to stimulate lymphatic flow for elimination of cell waste.
  • Jump on a trampoline for five to seven minutes one to two times daily, with only your heels bouncing. The toes and the balls of the feet always should remain on the mat. This action stimulates lymphatic flow and overall circulation for nutrient assimilation and debris elimination.
  • Avoid all foods in the “nightshade” plant genus, which scientifically are known to accelerate inflammation that always is present in premature aging. These include tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, paprika, peppers (all varieties) and tobacco products. In addition to “fueling the fire of inflammation,” this group of foods is believed to be addictive. Spas can create recipes for gourmet entrées with substitutions and provide cooking classes for its clients. Avoidance of nightshade foods is especially beneficial for clients with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, lupus and scleroderma, to mention a few inflammatory conditions.
  • Reduce your consumption of sugars and simple carbohydrates to avoid “feeding” health-depleting organisms within the intestines.
  • Undergo a homeopathic or herbal parasite cleanse every six months for two weeks, under the guidance of a health professional.

The key to health

Education is a powerful tool to build and enhance client relationships. Today, more and more people are interested in the health effects of toxic overload, as well as the importance of internal cleansing for health and beauty. Capitalize on this by providing education as an added benefit of your spa, and consider sponsoring a series of educational events—invite your clients and the general community to attend. Experience has proven that the best results are achieved when people are given specific tools and a program to follow.

When clients follow the basics of internal cleansing, the results from spa treatments will be enhanced. Incorporating basic detoxification and rejuvenation education will ensure that the services your facility provides will shine in the lives of those you serve. Plus, others will want to know your clients’ secret as they continue their quest to defy the outward and inward manifestations of aging, naturally.


1. Second National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NCEH Pub. No. 02–0716 (2003)