Ionic Foot Detox
Health Benefits of Ionic Foot Detox
Some benefits include inactivating viruses, bacteria, yeast and fungus, relieve pain and tension including headaches, purify the blood and lymph, increase peripheral circulation, stimulate and balance the immune system, enhance nutrient absorption, reduce inflammation and unwanted fluid retention, helps clear up skin, assists in weight loss, slow down aging and improve body flexibility, quicken recovery time from disease or injury, increase oxygen in the body, rejuvenate and energize your whole body, improves sleep, and so much more.
Our bodies accumulate different types of toxins every day through eating, drinking and breathing, as well as exposure to medications, chemicals, toxic environments, etc. These toxins cause cells within the body to die fast, which leads to pre-mature aging and diseases. Our bodies have organs and systems to detoxify them. Still, over the years the accumulation of toxins, improper diet, and sedentary lifestyles causes the excretory organs of our bodies to function suboptimally. This leaves us with lethargic and weak immune systems, as well as a susceptibility to diseases that can often lead to early and painful death.
Symptoms such as hormone imbalances, flu-like aches and pains, poor nutrient absorption, constipation, poor digestion, flatulence, fatigue, weight gain, excessive mucus, poor concentration, headaches, edema, memory disorders, depression, inflammation of joints and muscles, skin problems, bad breath and strong body odor are all associated with toxic build-up in our bodies.
Our modern world mandates the need to make healthy choices. The Ionic Detoxification system helps to eliminate toxins and give the body a boost. It is a positive step to sustaining good health.
Through proper detoxification, we can significantly reduce the accumulation of toxins, prevent diseases, slow down the aging process, and enjoy a disease free, longer, and healthier life. Amongst all of the detoxification methods in practice, the Ionic Detoxification Foot Spa is probably the best method.
The Theory Behind the Ionic Detoxification System
The technology of the Ionic Detoxification system has been in development for several decades. The induction of alternating positive and negative ion charges during the same treatment is based on a process called “Iontophoresis.” The FDA approved Iontophoresis as a healing modality in 1970.
The field of Electro-Therapeutics was experimented with in the early 1720’s. By 1833, Dr. Bernard Raymond Fabre-Palaprat, a French physician, successfully demonstrated that potassium iodide (blue in colour), introduced into the skin via a negative battery terminal on one arm, would travel to another area of the body attracted by a positive pole. This opened up a whole range of possibilities in using electrical currents to stimulate, transfer and administrate fluids and specific compounds inside the body. At that time, it was not understood how fluids were transferred through cell membranes, but in 2003, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to two American scientists, Peter Agre and Roderick MacKinnon, for their discovery of an ion channel system within cell membranes that generates an electrical signal to allow certain nutrients and fluids to pass through the membrane.
This channel system maintains the balance of the bioelectrical distribution of nutrients and waste products in and out of the cell. All of the symptoms of aging and degenerative diseases are in one way or another associated with poor hydration within the cell. This diminishes the cell’s ability to repair itself and eliminate toxic waste.
When cells dehydrate, they bunch up, fusing their membranes together and eliminating important surface areas for these ion channels to work. Over time, the body becomes more and more toxic and unable to transfer vital nutrients needed for repair or cell replication.
The principle of the Ionic Detoxificiation system is to use micro current to facilitate the movement or transfer of ions in and out of cells and restore the balance of positive and negative charges of cells. This painless, non-invasive micro current opens up the pathways to the vital ion channels.
The “boost” or energy the body receives from the ion water module (array), which sits down in the water during a treatment, allows this amazing detoxification process to occur.
As water is ionized it is split into H+ (acidic) and OH- (alkaline) ions (and sometimes into H3O+ and H2O2 ions), similar to the way water cascading over a waterfall becomes ionized. These ions are then able to enter the body through the 4,000 large pores of the feet. Then the circulatory and lymphatic systems transport the ions throughout the body. These ions neutralize oppositely charged toxins in the cells that are normally slow to exit the body. In this way, all the body’s organs, including the liver, intestines, kidneys, lungs, skin, and immune system, can become energized and stimulated to function optimally. The body then rids itself of these toxins through its normal processes or urination, defecation and sweating.
When the body is able to eliminate toxins and metabolic waste, then inflammation, edema, and swelling all decrease, allowing the body to repair itself and reduce pain within muscles and joints.
Why Does the Water Change Colour?
During the session, the water in the basin will always change to a brown/orange colour due to the electrolytic reaction involving the array, salt, water, minerals and impurities in the water. But when feet are in the water, the colours are also affected by oils being released from the sebaceous glands, the dead skin cells and the user’s own acidity/alkalinity. Some of the neutralized toxins will also exit the body back out through the pores of the feet due to osmosis. An unusual amount of a particular colour may indicate that a person has accumulated toxins in certain areas or from certain conditions and that ionic detox is helping those areas.
Always remember that the presence of negative ions in the body mainly helps the body rid itself of toxins through its normal processes of urination, defecation and sweating. Only some toxins leave the body through the pores of the feet. Therefore, colour changes in the water should not be the main focus. Instead, focus on how you feel. For additional proof regarding overall health improvements from ionic detox, free radical test kits may be utilized.