Footbaths- A Gentle Detox
Footbaths are a gentle detox practice in use today. You may have seen infomercials about footbaths that pull toxins out of your body through your feet, leaving you with a bath full of brown liquid (aka the toxins). There are many false companies who claim the color of the water produced in the bath indicate the toxins that are being removed. The important thing to look at is the debris that forms in & on the water that are the actual toxins.
The main point of detoxifying footbath is to make the body’s pH more alkaline. An alkaline body is crucial to a person’s health. Diseases thrive in an acidic environment. So basically, the less acidic your body is and the more alkaline, the less prone you are to contracting a disease, such as osteoporosis or cancer. The CDC reports that up to 85% of all illness are caused by toxins and pollutants in our bodies. The human body functions best when the ions are balanced at 80% negative (alkaline) and 20% positive (acid).
How do we achieve pH balance?
The food we eat is either acidic or alkaline. The more alkaline foods you eat the better you will be. A footbath helps to remove “free radicals” that are high in acid from the body. Detoxification continues in the body for up to 48 hours after the footbath through urination & sweating. It’s best to avoid high acidic foods/drinks after a treatment, to help the detox process. This type of detox can help to lower blood sugar & cholesterol levels.
Doing a footbath 2 times a year is a proactive & relaxing way to take ownership of your health. Using a footbath & coupling it with an alkaline food chart is beneficial. Eating 80% of alkaline type foods helps maintain body pH which supports a strong immune system. Use it to make up your weekly shopping list & downloading it on your cell phone as a quick reference when grocery shopping will help you purchase alkalizing foods.
Are Footbaths good for anybody?
Most people can benefit from an ionic detox. It is especially good for those suffering from GI disorders, skin conditions, fungal/yeast infections, & cancer. It is not indicated for people with a pacemaker or open sores/lesions on their feet. People with Diabetes Type I should consult with their healthcare provider before they use the footbath.
The benefits of the footbath is it’s, “gentle and safe, & does not complicate
the GI tract because it bypasses the digestive system. It works well when accompanied with acupuncture & stimulates blood flow in treating peripheral neuropathy. The best time to detox for people who do not have underlying conditions is during the transitional seasons of Spring and Fall.