Have you heard of the ionic foot detox? It is a treatment offered through spas or health centers worldwide as way to gently detoxify the body. During a session, the client submerses his or her feet in a specific concentration of salt water. A metal coil is placed in the water and is attached to a machine which emits a pulse of electricity. A conductive strap is attached to the client’s wrist, and the same electric current is pulsed through the client’s body during the session. This is a weak electric current and is not painful.
When the electric current is pulsed through the salt water, the water splits into positive and negative ions. These ions in the salt water are attracted to the ionic compounds in your body which are not of benefit to you — such as pesticides, preservatives, and heavy metals. Some of these toxins are pulled out from your body through the pores of your feet. Your feet have over 4,000 pores and they are the largest in the body. This makes makes the foot an ideal modality for detoxifying the body.
Other ions are transported throughout the body via the circulatory and lymphatic system. The ions from the foot bath system neutralize oppositely charged toxins in the cells that are normally slow to exit the body. Through this process, all the body’s organs become energized and stimulated to function optimally. The body then rids itself of these toxins through normal urination, elimination, and sweating.
Salt baths as a means of detoxification and healing have been used for millennia by different cultures around the world, such as the Ayurvedic tradition of India and the ancient Roman bath houses. The idea is that the salt draws out toxins via osmosis and diffusion. Swimming in the ocean is a natural form of ionic detox — the pulsed electric current from the coil amplifies the effect to an even greater degree. Using an electric charge to split water into ions as a healing modality is a relatively new concept. It first emerged as a way to treat cancer by submersing the client’s whole body in a detox bathtub. The modern technological approach to this method of detoxification can be traced to the work of Dr. Royal Rife.
In addition to detoxifying the body, the ionic foot detox also alkalizes the body. A large majority people living in the developed world have a high level of acidity built up in the body, which is associated with a range of health ailments. After just a 30 minute session, the ionic foot detox helps the body return to it’s neutral and comfortable pH of 7.4. The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine analyzed water samples before and after participants used the foot detox. They found that after the session, the water had lower concentrations of calcium and magnesium, implying that these minerals had been taken up into the body. Calcium and magnesium are two of the four alkalizing minerals, so it is thought that this is the process by which alkalization occurs during the ionic foot bath.
Critics of this healing modality point out that the water changes color even in the absence of feet. This is true. However, there exists a wide spectrum of color shades. While the water does turn a brownish shade when the coil is pulsed in the absence of feet, it does also change to specific shades of color depending on the health condition of each individual using the ionic foot detox.
The validity of any healing modality can be measured by the experience of the participants. After a 30 minute session, users of the ionic foot detox consistently report clearer thinking, greater physical and mental energy, improved elasticity in the joints, and an overall feeling of focus and wellness.
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Erin Mahoney LMT + Signature massage Therapist at Sacred Roots