Those who have tried it will agree that soaking your feet in a warm footbath, which is commonly done to soothe, cleanse, and disinfect the feet, is a great way to unwind after a long day. However, there is evidence suggesting that these baths can also help remove toxins, heavy metals, and other impurities from your feet and the rest of your body.
As a result, herbal foot soak detoxing is growing in popularity, with detox foot bath recipes being shared all over social media and professional kits being made available at wellness spas as well as holistic health centers.
How Does a Foot Soak Detox Work?
While at-home, footbaths consisting of ingredients like Epsom salt and certain essential oils, for example, offer some benefits, but an ionic foot detox may be a better choice as it entails using an ionizing machine to ionize the water. This ionization allows toxins that are in the body to be pulled out through the feet.
To further put this into context, when the hydrogen in the footbath water receives a positive charge as a result of the ionization process, the water behaves much like a magnet and starts to pull heavy metals and other harmful toxins through the feet.
Detoxing your feet in ionized water also provides the following benefits:
- Balances pH levels in the body
- Reduces inflammation
- Rids the body of yeast
- Rids the body of parasites
- Helps detoxify the liver
- Cleanses the liver and kidneys
- Strengthens the immune system
In short, soaking your feet in ionized water offers many of the same health and wellness benefits that are commonly associated with detoxifying your entire body.
How Can You Tell if a Footpath Detox is Working?
One of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to an ionic foot detox is that the color of the water needs to change to demonstrate that it is working, which couldn’t be any further from the truth.
The water will change color as a result of the ionization process, which will take place whether you have your feet in the water or not. That said, most people will notice the benefits of their foot bath once they are done soaking their feet as they will feel more relaxed, balanced, and focused.
Many of these benefits can also be achieved with an herbal foot soak as well. And like an ionic foot detox, the water in an herbal foot soak will generally remain unchanged provided that both the water and your feet are clean.
What to Expect During an Ionic Footbath Session
While the timeframe can vary from one facility to the next, most foot bath sessions will last anywhere from 30 to 40 minutes. And most will agree it is one of the most comfortable spa treatments that one can receive at a wellness spa or holistic health center.
In fact, it is not uncommon for some people to fall asleep while undergoing their treatment.
An ionic foot bath not only detoxes your feet but also provides a slight tingling sensation that promotes a feeling of relaxation.
How Many Footbaths Do You Need to Detox the Body
Most wellness spas and holistic health centers will recommend at least 6 footbath sessions during a 3 to 5 week period to detoxify the body. From there, 1 session per month is more than enough to keep your feet and body looking and feeling their best.
It is important to note that one’s lifestyle and overall health will also play a role in how long the detox will take.
Is a Foot Detox Safe?
Foot detox is a safe and effective way of achieving and maintaining good health. After all, the fewer toxins you have in your body, the healthier you will look and feel.
However, because some of the ingredients used in footbath water can pose some health risks, this type of detox may not be suitable for the following individuals:
- Young children
- Individuals with foot sores
- Individuals with pacemakers
- Pregnant women
Studies show that those who fall into any of these categories are at risk of developing side effects as a result of a foot detox. Some of these side effects can include:
Also worth noting, a foot detox can be especially harmful to those who have diabetes as they may lose feeling in their feet, which can cause them to become severely burned if the water is too hot.
That said, if you have diabetes or any of the other health problems detailed in this article, it would be a good idea to speak with your physician before scheduling a footbath session.
A foot soak detox is a great way to improve the health and appearance of your feet as well as your entire body. Beyond that, it is also a great way to eliminate stress and feel reinvigorated. To learn more about foot detox or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.