Salons offer foot bath treatments intended to remove toxins. The treatment's premise claims that toxins are drawn out of the body through the pores on the feet and taken into the water. The treatment creators claim the foot bath targets toxins only; nutrients and medications remain in the body. Speak to your doctor before getting foot bath treatments intended to remove toxins.
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Foot baths that cause the body to release toxins were developed based on research conducted by Dr. Mary Staggs. Staggs' research was based on findings by the American inventor, Royal Rife, who claimed to invent a microscope with the ability to detect living microbes. According to the "Daily Telegraph," during the procedure a bio-energetic resonance travels through your body while your feet are submerged in the detox bath and is said to boost circulation while correcting imbalance and dysfunction.
During a detox foot bath, clients sit in a chair and submerge their feet in a spa bath. Organic sea salt is added to the water. Low voltage currents are transmitted through the water for 30 minutes as a way to remove toxins. The positive and negative ions released during the foot bath are meant to cause the removal of toxins from the pores found on the feet.
The makers of foot baths that remove toxins claim you may experience health benefits when undergoing the procedure. Claims include affects on liver and kidney function, circulation, metabolic function, arthritis and joint pain, headaches, fatigue, menstrual pain, skin problems, allergies and digestion according to the Device Watch website.
The marketers of detox foot baths claim that the proof is that the water turns brown as you receive the treatment. But the "Sunday Times" debunks those claims, reporting the change in color occurs as a result of electrolysis of the electrodes found in the salt water. The water would change color, the Times reported, whether or not the feet were submerged in the foot bath.
The skin does not have the ability to excrete toxins. Actual detoxification takes place in the liver and toxins are released through bile and urine. There is no substantive evidence that detox products are effective, according to Robert S. Baratz, M.D., Ph.D., president of the National Council Against Health Fraud, and featured on the Consumer Reports website.