What, Why and How of Ionic Foot Detox Baths

How does ionic foot detox bath work? This has been the question of several curious wellness enthusiasts who were intrigued by this “magical” foot detox. Ionic foot spa has become one of the hottest spa treatments since it has been featured in an infomercial. Although many people have tried it and attest to its wonders, a lot of write-ups have also been circulating the web claiming that the cleansing benefits of ionic foot spa is just a myth.


What exactly is an ionic foot bath?

According to InsideEdition, an ionic foot bath is a type of detox treatment wherein you put your feet in warm salt water with an electronic device called an “array” for 30 minutes. As you would observe, the water would gradually change color and texture. The spa attendant would then identify the organs that have been detoxified based on the color of the water.

The principle theory of ionic foot bath is that toxins will come out of your feet during the foot bath. Basically, the “dirt” in the water are those toxins that came out from your body.ionic foot detox bath spa

How does ionic foot bath work?

According to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, the concept of ionic therapy is often linked to the discovery of bioelectric medicine by the American inventor, Royal Raymond Rife. His theory states that “viruses will be destroyed if they are introduced to the right balance of resonating frequency, similar to a glass being destroyed by the high pitch of a soprano.”

A typical ionic foot spa would contain a bowl filled with saltwater and an electronic device or apparatus. This electronic apparatus is called an ion generator. This delivers a very small amount of current to the “ionator”. Once the metal ionator combines with the water, it will produce positively and negatively charged ions.

As a result of the charge from the water and the ionator, a magnetic field will be created. This magnetic field will be able to attract oppositely charged particles. Through the process of osmosis, these oppositely charged particles (toxins) will then be brought out from the body.

If you are undergoing an ionic foot spa treatment, the “toxins” will be visible since the texture and color of the water will change, usually, into a thick, dark brown hue or the color of rust.

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Now, the color of the water actually determines which organs in your body were detoxified. A yellow-green hue signifies that the toxins are from your kidney, bladder, or sex organs. An orange hue would mean that it’s from your joints and connective tissue. A brown or black hue represents the liver and a dark green hue represents the gallbladder.

If you see white particles floating on the surface of the water, these are called candida, which is a type of yeast found in the human gut. Red smudges at the bottom of the basin signify that there are blood clots.

How many foot baths are needed to detoxify?

The number of foot baths needed to remove toxins in the body varies according to age. Those who fall below 50 are required to have more frequent foot baths – once every other day for 12 sessions. Those over 50 years of age will have less frequent foot baths – once every 3 days for 12 sessions. If an individual needs to have more ionic foot baths, they should be evaluated first by a qualified professional.


Does ionic foot detox bath really work?

Due to the popularity of ionic foot detox baths, several studies have been conducted to find out if toxins are really pushed out from the body through an ionic foot bath. However, these studies haven’t provided any solid proof yet.

The main point of foot detoxes, though, according to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, is “to make the body’s pH more alkaline.” This is due to the fact that diseases thrive in acidic environments. Thus, having a more alkaline body will make you less prone to diseases.

Some studies show that undergoing a 30-minute ionic foot bath can restore the body’s pH from 6 (acidic) to 7.5 (alkaline). This will help not only in detoxifying the body but also balancing the body’s pH levels.


What are the benefits of Ionic Foot Detox Bath?

Despite the ongoing controversy regarding the effectiveness of ionic foot baths or ionic foot detox, a lot of people haveionic_foot_spa_ionic_foot_bath_remove_toxins
claimed that it, indeed, works. An article in Patch.com lists several of its benefits including purging of heavy metals, having a more balanced pH level, reducing inflammation, purging of yeast, detoxifying the liver, internal cleansing
with full-body purge, cleansing of the kidney and liver, driving out parasites from the body, and enhancing the immune system.

There may still be some controversy in the US whether ionic foot baths do work. Acupuncture is becoming more widely known year after year and we think an Ionic Foot Detox Bath is one more attribute to help you achieve your healthy lifestyle goals. Interested in trying it out? Here’s the link to make an appointment today!

About the author

Dr. Gala Gorman is a licensed Acupuncturist, Naturopath, and Author who offers expert advice and programs to help people prevent disease. She uses advanced techniques that "reverse the clock" on aging. She founded the Delta Discovery Center with her partner, Charlie Frangos, to provide a place for self-discovery and healing on Hilton Head Island and beyond. Dr. Gala helps people learn to be their own health advocates.