Friday, December 14, 2012

Detoxification Foot Baths Do They Work?

I always get asked “do those ionic detoxification foot baths work?”

While there is no concrete evidence that ionic footbaths, can remove toxins from the body.

Researchers from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Pharmacy conducted a series of tests running a footbath with and without feet and analyzing the water for differences in the level of potentially toxic elements (Arsenic, lead, etc..).
“Whether or not the feet were there, the composition of the water was pretty much the same,” said study co-author naturopathic doctor Dugald Seely, director of research and clinical epidemiology at the CCNM and executive director of CCNM’s Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre.

“There was no significant difference in terms of any of the toxic elements being leached out into the water,” he said, listing heavy lead, cadmium, and arsenic.
So what causes the color to change in the water? Well “we found over time was that the array was corroding,” he said.

He noted that it was elements from this corrosion that caused the water to become dirty and cloudy and change colour.

So from that study there were no significant changes in the metals. Although this is just one study and there are always varying opinions out there. But for now this does not help detoxify the body.

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