Ionic Foot Bath - Is the Ionic Foot Detox a Hoax or the Real Deal?
Using an ionic foot bath has become very popular for detoxification for the entire body and balances the energy field. Ionic foot baths purportedly work by soaking your feet Ionic foot baths have become a popular method to detoxify the entire body and re-balance the bio-energy field as well. The foot baths are based on the idea ions help to pull toxins out of the body through the pores of the feet (2,000 per foot). Some swear by the effectiveness of the foot bath, while others dismiss it as a hoax. So which is it? Many people have proven this is a hoax, although the foot baths can make you feel better due to the electric current running through your body.
How Detox Foot Baths Work
Detox foot baths are typically white and small in size. The feet are
placed in the bath filled with salt water, while a metallic device
(called an array) is attached to i the bath with a plastic-coated
wire. This device acts like a transformer, converting the electric
current to a lower charge. The electric circuit is completed by
attaching another wire that comes from the transformer to the wrist.
The feet are soaked for 30 minutes or so while the ions charge through
The foot baths use a process called electrolysis, which causes the water molecules to separate. As a result, negative and positive charged particles (ions) are the result. Negative ions in the water is absorbed into the body through the skin by osmosis. The premise of the bath is that the negative and positive charges of the body become balance, which promotes relaxation and better well being.
This idea of balanced energy is known in Traditional Chinese Medicine as Chi, a state of inner balance and harmony, which allows the body to heal itself. Detox foot baths assist with the balancing.
Additional Claimed Benefits of Ionic Foot Baths
In addition to improving the body's detoxification capabilities, ionic
foot baths enhance the body's immune system and the energy of the
cells. Supporters claim that foot baths also purify the blood and
maintain an optimal acidic-alkaline balance in the body. The baths are
also credited for balancing blood sugar, assists with weight loss,
beautifying the skin, and overall rejuvenation.
Ionic foot detox baths usually include a color-coded chart that explains the color released in the water and how it corresponds to different organs and/or specific toxins in the body. An example chart is as follows:
- Black - detoxing of the liver
- Black flecks - heavy metals
- Red flecks - blood clot material
- White foam - lymphatic system
- White cheese like particles - yeast
- Brown - detoxing of the liver, tobacco, cellular debris
- Dark green - detoxing of the gallbladder
- Orange - detoxing of the joints
- Yellow-green - detoxing of the e kidney, bladder, urinary tract of the female, and the male prostate
Ionic Foot Bath - Real or Rip-Off?
Do you think ionic foot baths work?
Truth or Fraud?
Many spas and natural health care facilities offer detoxification foot baths as an additional service, claiming the benefits noted above. But are ionic foot baths at all what they are cracked up to be? Honestly, the jury is still out for this one.
There is no scientific peer reviewed study that backs up the claims of the effectiveness of the ionic foot bath. Neither is their any mainstream scientific study supporting that toxins can be pulled out of the body through the feet. What really raises the red flag of fraud is the claim that the "gunk" released in the water is proof of the toxins being pulled out of the body. However, it has been proven that the color changes, particles, and foam are simply the creation of the electrical array. In fact, placing any object in the water will result in color changes, debunking this theory. Any one claiming otherwise is either misleading or misinformed. Critics further speculate that these baths can actually introduce harmful metal compound into the body
On the other hand, there has been numerous personal accounts of
recovery from ailments and debilitating health conditions after using
an ionic detox foot bath. Either way, it is generally agreed that an ionic foot bath may bring about a feeling of rejuvenation and relaxation and may be worth a try.
Ultimately, whether the ionic foot bath is a hoax or the real deal is
up to the consumer to decide. If you're thinking of purchasing a foot
bath for home use, you should consider getting the service done at a
spa to see how it works for you.