A detox foot bath is an option for people interested in removing toxins from their body. Many people in the scientific community and people who strive to live healthily claim that the foods we eat are full of dangerous toxins and chemicals.
Pollution and other outside factors also expose our bodies to toxic materials.
A detox foot bath can help in the short term to eliminate these harmful chemicals and the like from the body. Foot bathers like seeing and feeling the immediate results of their detoxification. The most popular type of the detox foot bath is the classic foot bath, sometimes called an ionic foot bath
Your skin does actually release chemicals based upon what you eat. I swear you can smell certain foods on people. We all know that urine smells different if we eat asparagus.
But one thing that the body is amazing at is to detox itself very quickly. It does this through:
Within about 48-72 hours our body can usually detox itself pretty well- as long as we drink enough clean water and to eat as healthily as we can to help it with its job. If we eat some junk food then our detox unit kicks in and helps clear the junk.
Ermm...no-one really knows for 100% sure. There hasn't been too many studies which actually show definitive results. Some studies show a handful of people tested. others are done by manufacturers or clinics that use foot baths.
This research article is the only one that I found that tried to figure out if a foot spa detoxifies your body.
They said no.
In their study they looks at urine, hair and water samples before and after foot spa use. They found only a teeny tiny amount of chemicals were found removed. It won't hurt to have one, but detox? Probably not.
Foot spas do other things that actually has been researched a little bit more, than the detox.
Research has actually found that:
One study that researched the effects of aroma massage AND foot spa on stroke victims found:
"The back massage using blended essential oils and foot bath can provide physical and psychological sense of well-being to stroke patients by increasing the body temperature and sleep satisfaction"
This study found a (small effect ) link between the foot bath and relaxing the nervous system:
"A hot foot-bath and oil of lavender appear to be associated with small but significant changes in autonomic activity."
Another study researched the affects of a foot bath on blood pressure. Their results?
"Our study showed that a self-administered aroma foot massage intervention conducted 3 times per week for 4 weeks improved BP, anxiety, and health-related QOL [quality of life]"
The main issue are: