How Do Detox Foot Pads Work?
Detox foot pads are adhesive pads worn on the bottom of your feet and claim to draw toxins out of your body while you sleep. Once you peel off these pads in the morning, they are darkened or discolored. This supposedly means that the toxins have been removed from your body.
Another type of product, known as an “ionic foot bath,” works by immersing your feet for 30 minutes in a basin containing salt water. This solution is charged with low-voltage electricity coming from two electrodes.
Manufacturers claim that detox foot pads are effective in treating headaches, depression, diabetes, insomnia, and high blood pressure. They also claim that these products can help with weight loss. The prices of these products can range from $1 for single-use pads to about $2,000 for ionic foot bath devices.
Are Detox Foot Pads Effective?
According to claims, detox foot pads work by emitting ions which purge toxins through the feet. These pads contain tourmaline crystals which are said to emit these ions.
The foot bath, on the other hand generate ions by running electric current through salt water.
There is no scientific evidence that supports these claims. Toxins cannot be discharged from the body by ionic changes through the environment or through electric current. Furthermore, the color changes of the pads, which supposedly represent the impurities that were removed from the body, are actually due to wood vinegar that is contained in these pads. Wood vinegar changes color when it absorbs foot perspiration or even tap water. The corrosion of metal electrodes also cause the color changes in detox foot baths.