Foot Detox | How To Make A Foot Detox With Recipes To Try?

Foot Detox | How To Make A Foot Detox With Recipes To Try?

The benefits of a foot detox with recipes to try should a full-body bath not be convenient or possible due to health conditions or living circumstances. Here are four recommended foot cleanses to try and one to definitely avoid!foot detox bathsfoot detox baths

Many health-conscious people realize that gentle cleansing baths are a necessary undertaking in our polluted world. From the many emails I receive on the subject, however, a basic bathtub is surprisingly not available in some living complexes. In those situations, a foot detox is absolutely the next best thing!

A relaxing foot soak is a great way to destress while watching a movie or reading a book. If you live in a warm climate, a full body bath is not something you want to do. I can relate to that. During June, July, and August, there are no baths for me.

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The risk of slipping and falling getting into and out of a porcelain or steel bathtub makes seniors prefer a small portable tub.

If the idea of a foot soak is something you would like to try, below are some health- boosting recipes for you to consider. Depending on your health status and physical condition, one particular recipe may be better for your foot health.

Let’s talk about what before we start on the how-to.

If the soak itself won’t contribute additional toxins to the process, then it’s best to do a Detox foot bathing. It is best to avoid using a plastic foot tub if possible. Adding hot water and other ingredients can cause chemicals to get into the water. This would not be in the best interests of the cleansing process.

If detoxing the feet is something you will be doing often, it is probably best to invest in a wooden mini tub or large porcelain bowl.

A galvanized bucket is a budget-friendly, nontoxic option as well.

The plastic foot spa is fine for alkaline soaks in warm water, but not ideal for all footDetox recipes like those using vinegar.

There are four recipes to try that are recommended for foot health.

One type of foot soak is discouraged along with a commercial product that is a scam.

A soak in Epsom salt is probably the most popular way to soothe and detox the feet.

If you have an injury that requires a solution of 2 cups of salt and 2 cups of water, it is a good idea to put it into a gallon of hot water. It is ideal to have a water temperature of about 100 F. The foot tub should be filled with additional hot water and soaked for 20-40 minutes.

If there are any open wounds on the skin, it’s not appropriate to have an Epsom salt foot cleanse.

It’s not a good idea to add vinegar to the water in the foot tub as it’s not good for the body and it’s not good for the mind. The foot detox is less effective because of this. If you want, you can add a few drops of essential oils instead.

I prefer Epsom salt to magnesium flakes as Epsom salt contains both magnesium and sulfur. Many people are deficient in both of these critical minerals. Sulfur, in particular, is important for effective detoxification. Magnesium flakes, on the other hand, contain magnesium and chloride. They also tend to be significantly more expensive.

Note: Epsom salt from Walmart is just as good as brands from the health food store. See the linked article for more info on how to procure magnesium sulfate crystals for less without sacrificing quality!

All-Purpose Vinegar Soak

A vinegar soak is very helpful for an all-purpose foot detoxification effect. I prefer raw apple cider vinegar (ACV) packed in glass for this purpose (sources). This is because vinegar packed in plastic will leech toxins into the vinegar. These toxins will end up in your detoxing foot bath.

The typical crop used to make conventional white vinegar is a genetically modified corn.

If the price of quality apple cider vinegar deters you, try making ACV yourself. Note that some brands of ACV packed in glass are pasteurized and not raw. Read the label carefully to know what you are buying!

I have not used wine vinegar for foot soaks, but it does have an overly strong smell.

If you want to do a foot soak, add 1 cup of ACV to a foot tub filled with warm to hot water and soak it for 20 minutes. A water temperature of about 100 F/ 38 C works well again. Step out onto a towel and gently dry your feet. The ph balancing effect of the vinegar on the skin helps keep tootsies sweet-smelling.

Adding essential oils to a cleanse is not something I would recommend. The skin of the feet has a balancing effect on the acidity of the water.

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Baking Soda and Sea Salt

Baking soda and sea salt make a great combination for an effective foot detox. To make, dissolve 1 cup of bath sea salt and 1 cup of baking soda (any brand will do) in water as hot as you can stand in a foot bath.

If the foot bath is too hot, you can add some cold water and stay in for 30 minutes. Adding more hot water after the foot soak is not advisable.

pat the feet dry with a towel when the cleanse is over, do not rinse them. If you can, take a foot bath before a nap or in the evening before bed to help you sleep better.

According to Dr. Hazel Parcells, this bath recipe is therapeutic for any exposure to environmental radiation, x-rays, plane flights or airport screenings by TSA. (1)

Bentonite Clay

I don’t personally use bentonite clay for soaking the feet or the body for two reasons. First, it makes a bit of a mess to mix and clean up afterward especially if a foot bath is used. Secondly, there is some concern that unless you are very comfortable with your source, the clay could be contaminated with lead. While lead is a naturally occurring mineral, the levels in bentonite clay according to some tests are unnaturally high according to the FDA. (2)

If you are very comfortable with your source, then clay is a good choice for detoxing. I don’t choose to use bentonite clay because there are plenty of other options that are very effective.

To use food grade bentonite clay (also called montmorillonite clay) for a foot detox bath, mix 1 cup of clay in a foot tub half-filled with warm to hot water (about 100-102 °F/ 38-39 °C). Mix well with a whisk until all the clumps are dissolved. You might want to wear a mask so that you don’t inhale any clay dust.

If you want to soak your feet, fill the rest of the tub with warm to hot water and soak them for a minimum of 10 minutes to 40 minutes. Put a towel on your feet and wash them. The clay foot soak will help remove dead skin and leave the feet soft and smooth. The clay has negative ion in it that will help draw out the impurities in the body.

According to some sources, a 10-minute soak in a cup of Listerine, a cup of white vinegar, and a cup of warm water will leave your feet soft and free of dead skin. It won’t remove dead skin as promised, but the experience will definitely tingle your tootsies. An organic pedicure is better than a conventional pedicure.

The process of getting rid of the chemicals in Listerine doesn’t help cleanse much of anything.

If you desire the antiseptic nature of Listerine to help with infections on the feet or ankles, then simply do a hydrogen peroxide soak instead. Add a cup of 3% food grade H2O2 to the warm water in the foot bath and soak for 20 minutes for a chemical-free experience!

If you are tempted to use the convenient and rather expensive detox foot pads that are available at health food stores and online, don’t bother. Research indicates that not only do they not work, but they may also be contaminated with heavy metals and other toxins.

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