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Foot Detox Pads: Do They Really Work?

Updated on July 22, 2015

Are Foot Detox Pads Too Good to Be True?

Have you ever had someone warn you, saying that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is? This warning may be true when it comes to foot detox pads.

What Are Foot Detox Pads and How Do They Work?

These pads are the latest health craze. Manufacturers claim that when applied to the feet at night, these pads will draw toxins out of your body while you sleep. In the morning, the pads will be discolored, supposedly a sign they have worked properly. While these pads may have some detoxifying action, at least on the soles of your feet, you should be wary of the product. It probably does not give you as good a detox as you think.

Why Should I Be Skeptical?

First, think rationally about the way the product promises to work. Promoters say the product will draw all toxins, even heavy metal deposits, out through your skin. Although the skin does allow some nutrients and other substances to pass back and forth through the pores, my biology classes never indicated that anything as dense as heavy metal particles could be drawn through the skin.

According to modern medicine, the only way these toxins can be cleared from your body is by taking an internal chelator that will bind to the metal substances and allow them to be flushed out of the body.

What Are the Active Ingredients in the Pads?

According to the manufacturers, these foot detox pads are formulated using ancient Japanese and Asian cultural medicine. They contain a combination of ingredients including:

  • Tourmaline, a stone or mineral that emits negative ions
  • Bamboo vinegar, which is supposed to help aid the body in releasing waste products through the skin
  • Wood vinegar, supposedly popular for its cleansing power

The pads are said to work on the basis of reflexology that holds to the belief that there are zones in the feet that correspond to each organ system in the body. Reflexology indicates that wastes from these organ systems will accumulate in the feet where they can be drawn out through the skin by the pads.

Why Is There a Smell and Color Change in the Foot Pad in the Morning?

As for the color change most people note in their foot detox pads, the wood vinegar may be responsible for this phenomenon. The vinegar is generally dried and ground before being mixed in with the other patch ingredients.

When this dried vinegar comes back in contact with water, through your sweaty feet, it returns to its liquid version, which is a dark colored liquid. The mixture of foot sweat and herb smell may account for the bad odor that comes from the pad after it is removed.

Do Detox Foot Pads Provide Some Benefit?

Some people say they notice a difference when using them, but if you want to purge internal waste through the pores of your skin, my advice would be to take a sauna or steam bath. To get rid of solid waste that can't be passed through your skin, there are some very effective diets that can cleanse your body in just a few days.

My Verdict

If you feel your body is in need of serious internal cleansing, you're going to need more than foot pads because these pads are only removing trace amounts of waste from your body at best.

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