According to Harvard Medical School, “The human body can defend itself very well against most environmental insults and the effects of occasional indulgence.” Still, there are uncounted numbers of websites, books and magazines devoted to the idea that we can, and should, detox the body. While there is no scientific evidence to support the claims made by the people who sell foot detox pads and ionic foot detox baths, there have also been no reports that they are harmful. No foot detox method will flush toxins from your feet, but soaking them is a simple, harmless way to relieve stress.
Wash your feet with mild soap and warm water before doing any kind of foot detox. Use a loofah, net scrubber or fine pumice stone to remove any dead skin cells and soften calluses before soaking your feet.
Step 2: Use one of these methods below
Method 1: Soak feet in herbs
Fill a clean basin with warm water. Roll a tablespoon of fresh rosemary between your palms to bring out the scent, and then sprinkle it into the water. Add lavender and mint for an extra boost of fragrance. Soak your feet in the herb-infused water for 30 minutes. Repeat once or twice per week.
Method 2: Use detox pads
Apply foot detox pads to the bottom of your feet at bedtime. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for where to place them, as some go on the soles of your feet from toes to heel, and others are supposed to work better if applied across the arches. Remove them in the morning, and then put on fresh ones every night for the next 30 nights.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School and other experts, the change in color you may see in the morning is simply your sweat reacting to the wood vinegar most detox foot pads are infused with, not evidence of toxins that have been flushed out of the body.
Method 3: Ionic foot bath
Turn on your ionic foot bath machine and sprinkle in the salts included with the kit. Soak your feet for 30 minutes and then compare the color of the water with the chart that the manufacturer provided. This is supposed to show you what toxins have been flushed out through your feet, but impartial observers like the ones at spaindex.com report that the water will change color even if no one puts their feet in it. The experts at devicewatch.org proved that the change in color is a reaction between the metal array and the salts, but if the color change inspires you to adopt a more healthy lifestyle, then you have made a positive change.
Method 4: Salt detox bath
- 1 cup of Epsom salt
- 2 cups of baking soda
- 1 cup of sea salt
- Essential oils (optional)
Into boiling water pour the ingredients to dissolve, and when the mixture cools a bit, you should soak the feet for 30 minutes. This will detoxify the body, increase magnesium levels, soothe skin irritations, and fight exhaustion and tiredness.
Method 5: Oxygen Detox Bath Recipe
- 1 tablespoon dried ginger powder
- 2 cups of hydrogen peroxide
With hot water fill the tub, and than add the two ingredients. You should soak the feet in it for 30 minutes, to treat allergies and irritations, and remove toxins.
Method 6: Clay Detox Bath Recipe
- 1/2 cup Epsom salt
- Essential oils (optional)
- 1/2 cup bentonite clay
In a hot bath add the Epsom salt to dissolve. In a small amount of water add the clay, and add the mixture to the bath. You should soak the feet in it for 20 minutes to detoxify the body and provide high magnesium amounts.