Did you know that there are over 2,000 sweat glands and 4,000 pores on your feet? No wonder detoxifying foot baths have been used in Ayurvedic and Eastern traditions for thousands of years!
In fact, the Romans also used this healing system together with public baths to remove impurities from the body through osmosis and diffusion processes.
While the use of ionization in a detox foot spa is relatively new, the technique itself is based on ancient and highly respected methods that are still practiced today. And when combined with ionization, detoxification effects can occur faster and be even more dramatic.
Let's take a look at what exactly an ionic detox foot spa is, how it works, and how it can benefit your overall health.
What is detox?
Essentially, detoxification is the process of removing toxic elements such as heavy metals, mold, yeast, fungus, pesticides, preservatives, and other chemicals from the body. This process is carried out naturally in the human body by the liver, kidneys and even the skin.
But when the body becomes overloaded with too many toxins, the natural detoxification process is inhibited. CorrespondingCenters for Disease Control, many diseases are related to environmental pollutants and toxins entering and accumulating in the body.
Detoxification removes excess toxins and increases the body's natural ability to detoxify. It is an essential first step in any treatment plan aimed at fighting chronic diseases and improving overall health.
What is a detox foot bath?
A detox foot soak is simply the process of soaking your feet in a tub of warm water. Certain ingredients are added to the water to support the detoxification process. It is one of the safest and most relaxing ways to eliminate toxins from the body.
There are many different types of foot detox treatments, including:
- charcoal foot bath
- Foot bath with Epsom salts
- Apple Cider Vinegar Foot Bath
- Essential oils are often added to these blends to promote healing and relaxation.
At Rahav Wellness we offer the ionic detox foot bath. We prefer this method because it is highly effective in increasing the body's natural ability to detoxify. Read on to find out how it works!
This is how an ionic detox foot bath works
The process of an ionic detox foot bath is quite simple. We started by filling a bathtub with warm water. Salt is added to hot water to improve conductivity. We then place an array in the tub to create a gentle electric current.
This direct current breaks water down into positively charged hydrogen ions and oxygen gas, or negatively charged hydroxide ions and hydrogen gas, depending on which configuration we choose.
When the machine is turned on, the patient may feel a slight tingling in their feet. This is because our bodies are made up of water and electrolytes, allowing electricity to flow throughout the body. This current causes the tingling as it acts as a catalyst to increase the body's natural detoxification abilities.
At the end of a 30-minute session, the water changes color. The color change is caused by oxidation of the metal plates in the matrix and ions reacting with solutes in the water.
An ionic foot detox is more effective than other foot detox modalities because of the electrical current flowing through the body promoting long-lasting detoxification effects. Other modalities offer similar relaxation benefits, but the effects don't last and can only remove toxins near the skin's surface.
The benefits of an ionic detox foot bath
The main benefit of an ionic foot detox bath is that it enhances the body's natural detoxification abilities. This allows the body to remove heavy metals and other toxic elements from the body more efficiently.
Supporting the body's natural detoxification process results in:
- A stronger immune system
- Reducing chronic pain and inflammation.
- Prevention of chronic diseases
- Relieving symptoms of chronic diseases.
- possible weight loss
- Increased energy and focus
- better lymphatic drainage
- better skin health
- Less headaches and migraines
- Improved circulation and heart health.
- A general feeling of relaxation and improved mood.
- Reducing swelling in feet and ankles.
- Better digestion and absorption of nutrients.
When we work with a patient to strengthen their immune system, their progress can often be halted because the body is unable to efficiently eliminate toxins. As toxins build up, the patient's immune system suffers, inflammation increases, and the body reabsorbs toxins it cannot get rid of.
By supporting detoxification and stimulating circulation, we can ensure that the patient's lymphatic system is not blocked. This allows the body to eliminate residual toxins, improving the patient's overall health.
Who Can Benefit From an Ionic Detox Foot Spa?
Almost everyone can benefit from an ionic detox foot spa to improve their overall health. In our experience, patients suffering from chronic pain, illness, migraines and fatigue experience the most dramatic improvement.
Ionic foot baths are also beneficial for people suffering from skin problems, fungal or fungal infections and digestive problems. This treatment is also well suited as a supplement to other therapies such asintravenous therapyjColon-Hydro-Therapie.
Are there risks?
Side effects are very rare. However, some patients may experience mild nausea or dizziness after treatment. You should always let your doctor know if you have any health conditions or are taking any medications, just to be on the safe side. Patients with diabetes or open wounds on their feet should not take a detox foot bath.
Do Ionic Foot Baths Really Work?
Unfortunately, there are some small, poorly conducted studies that have led to some skepticism about the effectiveness of ionic foot spas. However, we have seen first hand the positive effects of ionic foot baths on our patients. And we're not the only ones seeing positive results!
Studies conducted by AMD show significant increases inamounts of heavy metalsin detox foot bath water after 30 minutes. Another AMD study also found a significant oneDecrease of glyphosatein the urine of patients receiving ionic detox foot baths.
Scientific research also shows that patients receiving an ionic foot detox show increased levels of toxins in their urine and stool within three days of treatment, further showing that the treatment actually improves detoxification.
And finally, the Pacific College of Health and Science also cites a study that shows an important clueless aluminum and arsenicin the patient's blood after ionic purification.
In addition to ionic foot baths, our doctors also recommend colon hydrotherapy, lymphatic drainage and infusion therapy to support detoxification as part of an individual treatment plan. All of these therapies increase blood circulation and help the human body to eliminate residual toxins.
Detoxification is often the first step in a functional medicine treatment plan that focuses on optimizing the functioning of the entire body and its organ systems. Our goal is to address the underlying causes of disease, whether related to genetics, the environment, or lifestyle.
We use a combination of natural strategies and lifestyle support to enhance the body's innate ability to heal itself. If you're interested in taking a proactive role in your overall health, learn more aboutour achievements in functional medicinehere.
written by Danelle Aliseo, NP
Danelle Aliseo, AGNP, AHN is a Board-Certified Holistic Nurse. She is a graduate of New York University's Nationally Recognized Primary and Holistic Nursing Program. She is currently taking part in continuing education courses at the Institute for Functional Medicine. Danelle specializes in addressing the root cause of various medical conditions including but not limited to autoimmunity, hormone imbalance, inflammatory GI issues, etc.see more information.
Edited by Rachael Kuecher