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Live Well Corner: Using Foot Soaks to Remove Toxins

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Using Foot Soaks to Remove Toxins

My First Experience Doing a DIY Detoxifying Foot Soak

by Joanne Troppello

I’ve done foot soaks before with warm water and Epson salt. However, today I did my first detoxifying foot soak. There are four main pulse points where the blood vessels in your body are closest to the skin—for easy absorption of essential oils. Our feet have large pores and are the ideal part of the body for topical detoxification, such as through a foot soak. The other pulse points are behind the ears, on the temples, and on the wrists.

A side note: I have no health training. I just like to use natural remedies for healthy living—and like sharing what I’ve learned in my columns here.

Detoxifying foot soaks can help remove toxins from your body, enhance your immunity, decrease inflammation in sore feet, and aid in weight loss. Toxins in your body are in the fat cells. If you remove toxins from your body, that can be the catalyst for increased metabolism and improve your weight loss efforts.

My Recipe for a Detoxifying Foot Soak

After doing some research online, I created the following detoxifying foot soak recipe. The ingredients are:

  • 1 large basin

  • Hot/warm water

  • ½ cup Epsom salt

  • ½ cup baking soda

  • 5 drops tea tree oil

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • ½ cup hydrogen peroxide

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LEFT: Starting / RIGHT: After 30 minutes

Do Detoxification Foot Soaks Actually Work?

According to Medical News Today, there is no hard scientific evidence that foot soaks can actually detoxify your body. However, they can be invaluable for relaxation, softening the skin, and decreasing inflammation in the feet.

I don’t know if the foot soak detoxified my body. However, it was very relaxing and did seem to help with my plantar fasciitis issues and inflammation. Next time, I would like to try a foot soak using activated charcoal for detoxification. It is important to note, that activated charcoal is not regulated by the US FDA, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Have you ever done a foot soak to relax and relieve foot pain? Have you done a detoxification foot soak with activated charcoal?


About the Author

Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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