It's no secret that we poison our bodies on an ongoing basis, no matter how much we exercise or how healthy our eating habits are. Fortunately, there's a wide range of body detox methods, which aim at flushing detrimental toxins out of the body and granting you a healthy, toxin-free life.
Foot detox is one of the less ordinary detox methods, and it works by drawing the toxins out of the body through your feet. This one-of-a-kind method originated in Asia in ancient times. It's based on the theory of reflexology, which states that the feet are linked to different parts of our body.
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Proponents of foot detox claim that this method may help you eliminate toxins, increase energy levels, improve immunity, and move toward overall wellness and health. Now that you know what foot detox is, let's proceed with its most common types.
Detox foot pads
Organic detox foot pads are pads containing all-natural ingredients, such as bamboo vinegar, for instance. Not only do they clear away toxins from your body, but they also detoxify metals because such pads usually contain zeolite. In addition, they improve blood circulation, since it's the way wood vinegar works.
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Detox foot baths
Detox foot baths are also an exceedingly helpful way to draw the toxins out of your body. In order to make foot bath salts, combine Epsom salt and sea salt in 1:1 proportion, add 2 cups of baking soda and a droplet of your favorite essential oil. When the mixture is ready, add boiling water to it and stir it well, until all the ingredients dissolve.
After that, you can have a foot soak in this magical mixture - just let your feet revel in it for at least 30 minutes. This method will decrease toxin levels in your body, eliminate skin irritation, and supplement your body with magnesium.
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Take Epsom salt and bentonite clay in similar amounts. Mix them with a few drops of essential oil and add some hot water afterward. Soak your feet in this clay-based mixture for about 20 minutes.
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Take 2 cups of hydrogen peroxide, mix them with dried ginger powder, and add some hot water. When the mixture is ready, relax in a hot feet soak for 30 minutes. This combination reduces toxin levels, irritations, allergies, and stress altogether!
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Detox Foot Scrub
This is one of the most effective foot detox method. If you want to try it, mix the following ingredients in a bowl:
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- 0.5 cup of olive oil
- 4-5 droplets of juniper, lemongrass, or lemon essential oil
- 2 drops of peppermint oil
Stir the mixture until the oils are well-spread throughout the entire content. Apply a portion to each foot, scrubbing and rubbing the mixture gently in between the toes, along the sole, around the ankles, and on top of each foot for at least 5 minutes.
If you wish, you can spend a bit more time on the sole, applying a gentle massage on the reflexology points that correspond to the parts of your body where you need some improvement.
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Foot detox perks
- May remove toxins;
- Reduces irritation;
- Relax the body and the mind;
- Improves the immune system;
- Stabilizes blood sugar levels;
- Strengthens the cardiovascular system;
- Burns calories.
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Any side effects?
Actually, even such an innocent procedure as foot bath has some side effects, which may occur in people who belong to risk groups, particularly in:
- children under 5 years of age;
- lactating or pregnant women;
- people who have any implants or transplants;
- people having open sores on their feet.
If you belong to any of the groups listed above, you should see a therapist before trying a foot detox.
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If you are diabetic, it's also recommended to consult a physician in advance, as foot detox may impact your blood sugar levels.
Have you tried any foot detox method before? If so, share your conclusions and opinions with us!
This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not treat yourself, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.The material in this article is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a certified specialist.