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Do Detox Foot Pads Work?

Do Detox Foot Pads Work?

Detox foot pads are claimed to promote the process of detoxification, i.e., the removal of harmful wastes and toxins from the body. In this Buzzle article, you can find out more about these pads and whether they really work.
HolisticZine Staff
Detoxification is the natural process of eliminating the accumulated wastes and unwanted substances from the body. Toxins can enter our body from different sources, like food, water, cosmetics, as well as the air we breathe in. Our body removes the wastes and toxins in the form of stool, urine, and sweat. The organs that take part in this process are the intestine, skin, liver, and the kidneys.

But, many people believe that these organs need some kind of assistance to completely remove all the harmful substances from the body. As a result, the market is flooded by products like detox food, supplements, and even detox pads; all promising to improve the detoxification process of our body. Some of these products may work, while others may fail to deliver what they promise.

One of the latest detox products to have entered the market is the detox foot pad. With so many detox products around, it is quite common for the consumers to think and wonder about the effectiveness of these pads. So, let's take a brief look at what these detox pads are, and how they work to detoxify the body.

What are the Detox Foot Pads?

These pads are claimed to draw out the toxins from the body, and thus provide relief in conditions like fatigue, fibromyalgia, headache, migraine, joint pain, backache, and even insomnia. These pads are applied to the foot at night. As you sleep, these pads will draw out the toxins and even heavy metal deposits from the body, as per the claims made by the manufacturers of these pads.

The users are usually asked to stick a pad to the bottom of one foot continuously for about 30 days for deriving the benefits of detoxification. After this initial cleansing period, the pads can be used occasionally after every few weeks.

Now, you must be wondering what makes these detox pads so effective in removing toxins from the body. Most of these pads are said to contain natural ingredients, like tourmaline (a stone or mineral that releases negative ions), bamboo vinegar, and a number of herbs. Bamboo vinegar is supposed to assist the body in releasing waste materials through the skin.

Detox foot pads combine these ingredients with reflexology. According to reflexology, there are certain points on the foot, which correspond to various parts of the body. It is believed that if these points are stimulated with the help of compression, it can help establish equilibrium in the corresponding areas of the body.

Are the Detox Pads Effective?

This question does not have a definitive answer. It is simply not possible to say a direct 'yes' or 'no' to this question without enough scientific evidence. However, you might have already come across some detox foot pad scams. These pads are claimed to be effective in drawing out toxins like heavy metal deposits from the body. But many people question how the dense heavy metal deposits can pass through the skin.

To prove their claims that these foot pads really draw out toxins from the body, the manufacturers point out that if you peel off the pads in the morning, you can see that they are discolored or darkened. According to them, this is due to the presence of toxins. Many users have noted that the color of the pads really change in the next morning. But some people are of the opinion that the change in color can be caused by the presence of vinegar, as vinegar gets darkened when it comes in contact with sweat. However, you will also find out some people who are reported to be benefited from these pads, in various reviews.

So, whether these foot pads really work is not known with certainty. So far, no scientific studies have been published to prove the benefits, as well as the side effects associated with these pads. Without enough scientific evidence, it is difficult to comment on their effectiveness. However, you can always improve your health and the various functions of the body, including the process detoxification by adopting a healthy lifestyle. The best way to detoxify your body is to follow a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and drink plenty of water.