We live in a toxic world. The Environmental Working Group estimates that the average adult has at least 700 toxins in their body, and the average newborn has been exposed to more than 280 toxins before birth.
Toxins are harmful to your body. There are well defined pathways in the body that are responsible for converting toxins into less harmful chemical compounds that are easier for the body to eliminate in the urine, stool, or sweat. The organs of detoxification – lungs, liver, kidneys, large intestine, lymphatic system, and sweat glands – work as an efficient system to eliminate environmental contaminants, like heavy metals, mold, yeast, fungus, pesticides, and preservatives.
In a healthy body, the detoxification process runs smoothly. But when the body is burdened with too many toxins, the natural detox process can get sluggish and toxins can remain active longer than our systems can handle. When waste builds up within our bodies, our health declines, our metabolism becomes disrupted, and chronic disease can be triggered.
Environmental toxin exposures are at historic highs, and there is a growing amount of evidence showing that our bodies are not adequately handling our full toxin burden. Supportive detoxification modalities, like an ionic foot detox, can help the body remove excess toxins and enhance the body’s natural ability to detoxify itself. It’s a fundamental step in any treatment plan to address chronic disease and improve overall health.
To learn more about where toxins are coming from and how to implement additional detoxing support resources, you can read our blog post, Detox: Hype or Helpful?
In an ionic foot bath, a small tub is filled with warm water and salt. An array is placed into the tub that produces an electrical current and ionizes water molecules into positively charged hydrogen ions and negatively charged hydroxide ions. These ions attract and neutralize oppositely charged toxins within the water. Because your body is made of water, the electrical current can travel throughout your body when your feet are in the foot bath, producing the same toxin neutralizing effect on your cells. The current cleanses the body’s normal detox pathways, allowing it to remove heavy metals and other toxins more efficiently. This detoxification release continues in the body for the next 3 – 5 days.
Single session – $30
Package of 5 sessions – $125 ($5 off per session)
Package of 10 sessions – $200 ($10 off per session)
The ionic foot detox bath is available to all Functional Medicine of Idaho patients at our Meridian location is open:
Call our office at (208) 385-7711 ext. 302 to book your foot bath session!
Staying hydrated before and after your foot bath session will help you get the most of your ion cleanse.
Only your feet will be exposed to the water, so wear pants that can roll above your ankles.
Most patients don’t feel anything, but some may feel a slight tingling sensation in their feet when the machine is turned on.
The foot bath will boost your body’s ability to remove harmful chemical or compounds, including (but not limited to):
By the end of your foot detox session, the water in the tub will change color. This color change is primarily caused by the oxidation of the metal plates in the array and the ions reacting with solutes (particles, salts, or other elements) in the water, not solely from your body’s detoxification process.
Some people do actually detox through their feet, but most of the detoxification happens after the foot bath is completed. Without performing tests on the water, we cannot confidently assign water color to indicate that you are detoxing a particular toxin or from a particular organ.
Every body responds differently to the ionic foot bath. Some will notice a physical change immediately, whereas others may take longer.
Most patients will feel calm and relaxed following their foot detox session. This relaxation effect produces an ongoing detoxification release from the body for the next 3 – 5 days, generating a heightened sense of energy, focus, and well-being. You may notice that you use the bathroom more frequently, sweat more easily, or experience other subtle detoxification reactions in the days following your ionic foot detox bath.
Typical session times vary from 10-30 minutes. If you are sensitive to detoxing modalities, we recommend starting at 10 minutes and adding more time with each session.
Those with a high toxic burden can begin by using the foot bath 2 – 3 times per week. When your body is fairly well detoxed, a maintenance program of one session per week is recommended. Talk with your provider to help determine the schedule that’s best for you.
Use of the ionic foot detox bath is safe for most people. However, those who are pregnant or sensitive to detoxing modalities should speak with their healthcare provider before using the ionic foot bath.