Fact or Fiction: Ionic Footbaths

The word "detox" has officially swept the nation. It is often hard to tell which detox methods are actually beneficial and which ones are plane old scams. Ionic footbaths are one such detox method that have been marketed as being able to remove toxins  through the feet using charged ions in the water to pull out potentially toxic elements from the body. Does this method of detoxification actually work? A study done by The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine as well as the University of Toronto set out to answer that very question. 

The study set out to examine if in fact actual potentially toxic elements where secreted from the body through the feet during the ionic footbath. They achieved this by measuring the toxic load of the water used for the baths before and after the treatment as well as ran baths with and without feet. The study used six participants who underwent an ionic footbath treatment for 30 minutes once a week for 4 weeks.  The analysis of the water showed no significant release of any potentially toxic elements throughout the entire study period. The study even analyzed other forms of excretion, such as through the urine and hair and no changes were present.
If no toxic elements are released from the body during the footbath then what is all the brown guck that builds up in the water? When the study analyzed the water after the footbath had taken place they noticed that the metals that were present in high amounts were the same metals that are found in the ionic array that is placed in the footbath during the treatment. They hypothesized that the metals from the array were corroding into the water during each treatment making the water brown, appearing like the body was releasing toxins. 

The moral of the story is, the next time you are at a spa or health clinic and they recommend an ionic footbath detox, don't do it! These sessions can cost up to 75$ per treatment and in my opinion are a total waste of money. Use that 75$ to go out and buy some fresh organic fruits and vegetables, that will put you well on your way to a true detox. Science tells us ionic footbaths are fiction, don't be fooled into thinking otherwise.

Have you ever tried an ionic footbath? Let us know what you thought!


CCNM press (http://www.ccnm.edu/press_release/study_shows_ionic_footbath_does_not_eliminate_potentially_toxic_elements_body)


Aydon said...

Thanks for the info! I received a gift certificate for an Ionic detox for Christmas and wondered how the heck that was going to detox my body. Oh well.. guess I'll stick to juiced kale :)

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