Double cleansing is often associated with skin care and involves using a cleansing balm, oil or micellar water to break down make-up, remnants of moisturiser, SPF and sebum on the surface of the skin followed by a deeper water-based cleanse to deep clean pores and remove any impurities.
The principle of double cleansing could also be easily applied to the health of the body because the first part of the body that is exposed to toxins is the intestinal tract and the second part of the system which is often under toxic overload is the liver.
Cleansing the gut
The gut or intestines are exposed to a host of pollutants, chemicals and toxins from the food we eat, as well as from air, water and environmental toxins. We have thousands of toxic chemicals in our surrounding environment that we are interacting with regularly and it is estimated that the average person is carrying between 500 and 700 toxins in their blood, skin, fat tissues, liver, brain and of course the intestines.
Not so long ago, our digestive system was considered a simple body system comprised essentially of a long tube for our food to digest, absorb nutrients and then finally excreted. We now know that the gut is incredibly complex and numerous studies have demonstrated the link between gut health and the immune system, mood, cognitive function, skin conditions and autoimmune diseases.
Aside from environmental toxins, many facets of a modern lifestyle such as high stress, too little sleep, high sugar foods and the use of antibiotics all play havoc with the gut and its beneficial bacteria. With all this in mind, why would you not regularly cleanse the gut?
I think it prudent to cleanse the gut using Complete Fibre Cleanse. This supplement contains soluble and insoluble fibres that cleanse the gut including the colon gently but efficiently. The insoluble fibres scrape the gut of residues that build up in the gut as a result of the mixture of food and digestive enzymes. This residue hinders nutrient absorption and harbours pathogens.
Complete Fibre Cleanse also contains Marshmallow Root and Slippery Elm to soothe any inflammation together with a probiotic blend to repopulate the gut of the friendly bacteria so vital for many functions. Use Complete Fibre Cleanse every few months because a healthy gut contributes to a stronger immune system, improved mood, heart health as well as effective digestion.
Like double cleansing the skin, the second part of cleansing should concentrate on removing toxins from the bloodstream before they deposit in our tissues such as the brain, skin and other organs.Although cleansing the gut will help to remove numerous chemicals, nothing works 100% and some of these toxins will pass through the intestines into the bloodstream.
The liver is the second largest organ of detoxification, skin being the largest. It is also the workhorse of the body. It converts toxins, chemicals, pollutants and metabolic waste products into compounds that are neutral and can be easily eliminated by the body. Normally, the liver also works to cleanse itself but this is not always the case.
Unfortunately, our bodies are bombarded with chemicals, preservatives, pollutants and artificial colourants to name a few. With this toxic overload, the liver’s capability to remove toxins declines and some of these will remain active for longer periods affecting numerous processes including metabolism, circulation and respiration.
We cannot necessarily control our exposure to environmental toxins, but it only seems logical that we should support the liver and encourage its optimal function to remove these from our bodies as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Subtle signs of poor liver function include fatigue, complexion problems, itchy skin, frequent mood swings, sensitivity to chemicals and medications as well as weight gain to name a few.
Whether you call it a liver detox or a liver cleanse, I would suggest the use of Healthaid’s Milk Thistle Complex which is a supplement that is simple to use and contains the trinity of liver cleansing herbs including Milk Thistle, Dandelion root and Artichoke Leaf Extract.
I believe that cleansing the body is important and double cleansing is a programme that one should undertake periodically especially when accompanied by some lifestyle changes.