With the holidays approaching many will likely enjoy some festive meals and drinks.
After the holiday festivities, a lot of people look for a way to detox their body by either drinking teas, or using patches.
There is an alternative route to detox that only involves water, salt, and an ion machine.
Over the last ten years Rachel Ginther has done thousands of ionic foot baths at the Abundant Wellness Center in Chicopee.
"It's all about helping people heal. Helping people get their balance back," said Ginther.
The foot bath consists of placing your feet in a tub with an ionic machine. Rachel said it will pull toxins through the soles of your feet.
"The feet have the largest pores in the body and you have about 200 pores per foot. Once it's pull of particles the body will take in a charged particle and start to release toxins into the water," Rachel noted.
Her clients come to her from all walks of life, with varying health issues, and many that have reached a dead end in traditional medicine.
She told Western Mass News about what an amazing result one of her clients had with the foot bath.
"She was on high doses of Oxycontin, and after the first foot bath she cut her pain medicine in half," said Rachel.
Detox baths have not been approved by the FDA for health conditions but many have claimed to see positive results after receiving one.
"People feel better so they come back it would be one thing if you came and were like yeah whatever I didn't feel anything. But no people feel better," said Ginther.
Western Mass News reporter Mary Cate Manion decided to give the foot bath a try.
Mary Cate placed her feet inside the ionic bath, which consists of a tub full of water with plates that create charged particles. Rachel added only sea salt to the water. She reported feeling a slight tingling and watched the water turn from clear to yellow, which Rachel says is a sign that toxins are leaving the bladder and liver.
"It doesn't mean you have a problem there it's just the avenue the toxins can come out of," said Rachel.
The water then turned from yellow to orange.
"That is orange which is the joints and so do you have anything going on maybe if you did a lot of dance maybe it's the most people to come through," said Ginther.
Throughout the process Rachel was able to identify some of Mary Cate's health issues by looking at the color of the water.
However some are skeptical of the process. The journal of Environmental and Public Health has done a study on an ion cleanse machine, made by the same brand Rachel uses. In their study they found no evidence to suggest that ionic foot baths help promote the elimination of toxic elements from the body through the feet, urine, or hair.
But Rachel swears by the process and suggests people who are skeptical to give it a try for themselves.
"Some doctors are like it's all bunk and I look at the results. Does it help somebody, do they feel better? Maybe you wanna experience it and decide for yourself instead of just negating it without the experience."
Anyone who is looking to try an ionic foot bath is recommended to consult with your doctor before making any medical changes.
If you have certain health conditions a foot bath might not be for you.
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