Ionic Detoxification Foot Baths
BENEFITS OF HEALTHY DETOXIFICATION:
How does the Ionic Foot Bath Work?
Ionic foot baths use a micro current to facilitate the transfer of ions in and out of cells and restore the balance of positive and negative charges.
The “boost” of energy the body receives from the ion water module (array), which sits down in the foot bath water during a treatment, allows this amazing detoxification process to occur.
Once you place your feet in the ionic foot bath, these ions are then able to enter the body through the 4,000 large pores of the feet. The circulatory and lymphatic systems then transport the ions throughout the body. These ions neutralize the positively charged wastes in the cells that are normally slow to exit the body.
All the body’s organs--including the liver, intestines, kidneys, lungs, skin, and immune system--can become energized and stimulated to function optimally. The body is then able to rid itself of these metabolic wastes and toxins through its normal detoxification processes of urination, defecation and sweating.
When the body is able to eliminate toxins and metabolic wastes, inflammation, edema, and swelling all decrease, allowing the body to repair itself, relieving pain and dysfunction.
Negative is good, and positive is bad?!
Negative ions help freshen and purify the air by causing allergens such as pollen, mold spores, dust, animal dander, and other pollutants floating in the air (which often with a positive charge) to be attracted to and stick to each other, forming 'clumps' (because opposite charges attract). These clumps of particles then become heavy enough so that gravity can pull them down to the floor, where they can be vacuumed up, rather than floating around for us to breathe in, causing potential immune and allergic reactions.
"Negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy," according to Pierce J. Howard, PhD, director of research at the Center for Applied Cognitive Sciences in Charlotte, N.C. "...you feel sleepy when you are around an air-conditioner, but feel immediately refreshed and invigorated when you step outside or roll down the car window. Air conditioning depletes the atmosphere of negative ions."
Positive ions are released into the atmosphere by air conditioners, televisions, computers, and other electronic devices or sources of particulate pollution. These ions are potentially responsible for a variety of symptoms including headaches, fatigue, nausea, and dizziness. Electronic devices and air pollution deplete the air of negative ions. Where do you spend most of your day?
Feeling a little blue? Seasonal affective disorder researcher Michael Terman, PhD, at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York is excited about the latest research involving ion therapy.
The discovery that high-density negative ions (not the same ions produced by home air filters) helped people with seasonal affective disorder came accidentally from a previous study. The air is full of negative ions in springtime, and not in the winter. But that doesn't explain how ion therapy works. "We don't yet have an answer to that question," Terman says; nevertheless, "We're now convinced that it's real."
In another study, when SAD patients were exposed to high levels of negative ions for 30 minutes, their depression eased after just a few weeks.
While commercially sold negative ionizers produce lower levels than what was used in these experiments, they may help some people. The ionic foot bath systems (including the ones we use here at Balanced Bodywork in La Crosse) are considered high-output negative ion generators.
Can you feel a storm coming? Might be the ions, rather than the change in barometric pressure. Positive ions generated by hot dry desert winds and other weather conditions has been studied and found to correlate with blood serotonin changes in weather sensitive patients.
Drowsy driving? A study by Toyota found that negative ions can improve fatigue and cognition of drivers.
See the results and experience the benefits for yourself!
Why Does the Water Change Color?
Many sellers of ionic detox foot bath systems have misinformed their customers that the colors they see in the water are toxins that have exited the body.
This is mostly not true!
During the session, the water in the basin will always change to a brownish/orange color due to the electrolytic reaction involving the array, salt, water, minerals and impurities in the water.
But when feet are in the water, the colors are also affected by oils being released from the sebaceous glands, the dead skin cells and the user's own acidity / alkalinity. Some of the neutralized toxins will also exit the body out through the pores of the feet due to osmosis. An unusual amount of a particular color may indicate that a person has accumulated toxins in certain areas or from certain conditions and that ionic detox is helping those areas.
Always remember that the presence of negative ions in the body mainly helps the body rid itself of toxins through its normal processes of urination, defecation and sweating. Only some toxins leave the body through the pores of the feet. Color changes in the water should not be the main focus, although it can be quite interesting to experience.
Instead, just pay attention to how you feel. If you really feel like you need additional proof, there are test kits and labs who will provide this service for you.
The technology of the ionic detoxification has been in development for several decades. The induction of alternating positive and negative ion charges during the ionic foot bath is based on a process called “iontophoresis”. The FDA approved iontophoresis as a healing modality in 1970.
This painless, non-invasive micro current opens up the pathways to the vital ion channels, the same ion channels that are utilized by many prescription drugs. In fact, it is important to check with your doctor before receiving ionic foot baths for just this reason.
Some medications may be affected by the ionization, and it is important to check with your doctor before trying ionic foot baths if you are taking any prescription medications, or if you are pregnant or nursing.
There are many natural sources of negative ions, and ways you can easily generate your own. In fact, every home has a built in natural ionizer -- the shower.