Footbaths- A Gentle Detox
You may not recognize the name, but you may have seen the 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 many false companies who claim the brown water produced in the bath is the result of toxins coming out of the body. This is NOT true . It’s actually, the debris that begins to form in the water that are the 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 Center for Disease Control 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 and 20% positive.
How do we achieve pH balance?
What we put into our body, such as the foods we consume, have either acidic or alkalizing properties. The more of the higher alkaline foods you can incorporate into your diet the better. An ionic detox, helps to facilitate the alkalization process through the process of ionization, which removes “free radicals” from the body. The footbath detox continues to alkalize the body up to 48 hours after the treatment, via urination and sweat, which is an added benefit. One should not eat/drink acidic foods after a treatment, to help better facilitate the detox process. Other scientifically measured effects of this type of detox, besides alkalization, are lower blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol levels.
It’s important to aid in your body’s alkalizing process. It’s important for people to take ownership in their health. Doing a footbath 2 times a year is an excellent and relaxing way to do this. Using a footbath and coupling it with the use of a food alkalinity chart when making food choices is extremely beneficial. Eating mostly alkaline type foods will help maintain body pH which is important to building a strong immune system. Using one to make up your weekly shopping list or downloading one on your cell phone as a quick reference when at the grocery store will help guide you in the purchase of alkalizing foods.
Is the ionic detox good for anybody?
Most people can benefit from an ionic detox. It is especially good for those suffering from GI disorders, skin conditions, fungal or yeast infections, and cancer. The ionic detox is contraindicated for those who have a pacemaker and open sores or lesions on his/her feet and people with Diabetes Type I should use this therapy with precaution.
The benefit of this form of detox is that it is, “gentle and safe, and not compromising because it bypasses the gastro-intestinal system. The detox also works well when accompanied with acupuncture, to stimulate blood flow in treating peripheral neuropathy. The best time to detox for people who are not suffering a specific ailment is during the transitional seasons: Spring and Fall