Lymphatic drainage products claim to be able to remove toxins from the body through the feet, and are becoming popular weight loss and “healthy living” tools. Foot pads and ionic baths are two of the most common methods of removing heavy metals and negative ions from the body, but some consumers are wondering if these products really work.
Foot Detox Patches
Worn on your feet at night, detox patches are designed to drain toxins from the body while you sleep. The pads are attached to the soles of your feet and removed in the morning. Heavy metals removed from the body are trapped in the pads, which accounts for the change in color you see in the morning. Foot patches frequently contain bamboo or oak vinegar, along with tourmaline and chitosan from shellfish. While the Federal Trade Commission does warn that not all foot patches are created the same, it can be a quick and easy way to drain harmful toxins from your body.
Ionic Foot Baths
While there are several products that claim to be able to detoxify, consumer experts recommend choosing an ionic foot bath. Even though these models are priced higher, its ability to produce negative and positive ions are what allow the heavy metals to drain from your body. These foot baths use salt water with an extremely low voltage current running through which produces the ions that remove the toxins and help stimulate cell renewal.
Lymphatic Drainage Claims
Manufacturers state that there products can remove harmful heavy metals from the body such as aluminum, smog, lead, fluoride, mercury and copper, just to name a few. Certain bacteria and fungus can also be treated, and some models even claim to be able to improve flexibility and aid in weight loss. Improved ability to absorb nutrients and stronger immune systems are also listed as benefits received from a lymphatic drain, and some can even be used to treat depression and migraine headaches. While there is a long list of benefits associated with lymphatic drains it is important to remember that this is not backed by any scientific data.
Do Lymphatic Drainage Products Work?
Health care professionals and scientists have gone on the record with the Los Angeles Times and ABC’s 20/20 to state that research shows that there are basically not benefits associated with foot patches, and the discoloration consumers find in the morning is usually a result of dried dirt and sweat.
The findings are slightly different for ionic foot baths. While there is still no scientific proof that foot baths can actually detoxify the body, there are some benefits associated with these products. The soothing warm and pulsating bubbles can relax sore muscles and tendons, and there is some evidence that it can also temporarily improve circulation.
The relaxing feeling you get in a foot spa can also relieve the stress and tension that often causes migraine headaches, along with some minor depression. If you do decide to purchase an ionic foot bath it is important to make sure that you check with your health care provider to ensure that it is safe for you.