Ionic detoxification foot baths are quickly becoming a popular alternative treatment for a range of health concerns. Treatment takes about 30 minutes and can be done two to three times per week. However, there is some debate about whether or not ionic foot baths are effective detoxification treatments.
Ionic detoxification treatment consists of placing the feet in a special foot bath equipped with a metal plate called an array. The array produces a gentle current in the water, which creates millions of negative ions. These negative ions are absorbed into the body through the process of osmosis, and then attach to the positive molecules of foreign toxins in the body. Once the ions attach to the foreign substances, the body releases them through the bottom of the feet.
Ionic detoxification is believed to assist in relieving symptoms of many conditions and diseases including arthritis, fibromyalgia and acidosis, and it supposedly detoxifies the body of metals and pollutants. It is important to note that expectant and nursing mothers, people who have undergone an organ transplant and people with pacemakers should not use an ionic detox foot bath.
The color of the water during and after an ionic detox treatment is believed to indicate which types of toxins are being released from the body. For example, dark green water indicates gallbladder detoxification, yellow indicates kidneys and urinary tract detoxification and black water can indicate the liver detoxifying from metals. Colors can be difficult to read though, because minerals and chlorine in the water used can affect the metal array.