Foot Bath Detox: How I Became a Believer

If you are curious or flat out skeptical about foot bath detoxification, you may be interested learn how I went from skeptically curious to a believer.

What Is Foot Bath Detoxification?

In essence, foot bath detox – also known as ionized water detoxification, ionic foot cleanse, detox foot cleanse and other similar terms – is the process of detoxing your body by pulling toxins from various organs of your body, through the sweat glands of your feet. The feet have the largest concentration of pores in the entire body, at 2000 per foot.

How I Learned About Ionic Foot Cleanse

My exposure with foot bath detoxification began when I worked with a long time friend of mine, Judy, at the LA Fair selling 30-minute detox sessions to folks who passed by our booth. I first met Judy when she ran the homeschool group my family became a part of for many years.

Upon my arrival the first night, Judy sat me down in a chair and gave me a detox session as part of my orientation to the product. I took off my shoes and slipped my feet into a tub of clear warm water. My friend added an "array" to the water, a metal cylinder shaped device with a cord attached, which she plugged into the back of a machine sitting next to me. Turning on the device, she sprinkled some salt water in the clear water and, wah lah ... I was detoxifying my body.

Hmmm. Really?

I stared at my feet as various disgusting colors began to cloud the water. Eew! The longer I sat there, the darker it got. Flipping through a book, I read some pretty impressive testimonies of what the machine had done for the health of several people who owned one. It appeared somewhat miraculous what this machine could do.

But was it for real?

Well, I went home and did some research. I didn't want to be a part of anything I did not believe in, and since I kind of have a thing about natural health and even blog about it, I felt particularly inclined to do some homework.

While I certainly found the skeptics who claim the machine is a scam, I knew better than to trust them since most natural health practices have their fair share of critics. So I dug passed those and found enough info to make me believe the machine does legitimately improve the health of a person's body. One such article was written by Michael Relfe, who researched ionized water detox fairly extensively after a friend raved about her experience with it. Skeptical, to say the least, Michael felt inclined to investigate and provide his friend and readers with an objective opinion.

Do The Colors In The Water Really Mean Anything?

So having read information that made sense to me and gave me an initial boost of confidence that I wasn't sucking hard working people into a scam, I still had some questions. Namely, what about the colors? After my first detox session Judy had "read my water". With a flashlight she examined the various shades of puke and foamy bubbles floating around my feet and said the  colors "indicated" that I had detoxed certain aspects of my body (color list below). Several things she mentioned were areas of health I've had issues with for a while, so I was intrigued and cautiously optimistic. Oh, and I had a parasite or two in my water! I kid you not. Better in the water than in me, I say.

After my research I came to work the next time and nagged Judy more about the colors. She started by telling me how she used to wonder the same thing, but throughout her years of detoxing people, too many agreed that the colors in their water related to their known health problems. But it was the following amazing story that really sold her that the colors do, in fact, mean something. So much so, that they actually saved a woman's life.


Judy had once detoxed a woman who had an excessive amount of dark green in her water, far more than Judy had ever seen. She told the woman the green was indicative of her gallbladder, but unbeknownst to Judy, the woman was concerned, saw her doctor and asked him to run some tests on her gallbladder. When he discovered why she wanted the tests he was convinced she had been conned. However, after running tests the doctor proceeded to rush the woman into emergency surgery for her gallbladder. He later called Judy to thank her.

Testimonies From People I Trust


One of the guys who worked the booth with us is like a son to Judy. I met him many years ago. Turns out he sells foot bath detox machines with a passion because of his own testimony. While only in his 20's, he has arthritis. He says that detoxing with the machine regularly keeps his arthritis symptoms at bay.

My Mom's Feet Owies

My mom has issues with her feet that no doctor has been able to diagnose or cure. Her feet get seriously dry and cracked to the point that they bleed and she can't walk without a lot of pain. She's tried everything imaginable. Creams, potions, special socks, diet changes and more. The first time I detoxed her, she immediately said her feet felt softer. When she walked, she was in less pain. I did a couple more sessions on her and she was thrilled with how soft and pain free her feet had become. No more debilitating feet owies for mom!


Phyllis Papen, is the former mayor of Diamond Bar, CA. In addition to other health concerns, she also has arthritis. After detoxing her feet once, we decided to detox her hands the next time. After her first hand detox she said, "My hands feel better. I can move my fingers."

After the second detox she reported they felt even better. And after the third, she declared, "My hands feel young!"

There are far more amazing stories than these that I've "heard" or read about. Stories of serious health issues that were healed or far improved. But these are stories from people I actually know. (See below for a list of Benefits of an Ion Foot Cleanse.)

The Iron Overload Story

This story comes from a man who I don't know, but met when he came by the booth at a trade show I worked at. I asked him if he was interested in a foot bath detox and he said he already owned a machine. He shared how his skin from his feet up to his knees used to be very dark, ending with a dark line just below his knees. His doctor told him he had an overload of iron and that there was nothing that could be done about it.

The man happened to share his condition with a woman who said she knew how to fix his problem. She owned a machine and did several detox sessions on him. Each time he detoxed, the dark line got lower and lower until it disappeared altogether. The ionic foot cleanse actually pulled all the excess iron out of his body. Wow. I LOVE that story!

While detoxing people at trade shows many people have told me they physically felt better after just one session. It is typical for people with pain in their body, such as joint pain, to feel the results quickly. For other health concerns, it often takes longer to actually experience the positive results, but the benefits are amazing.

Benefits Of An Ion Foot Cleanse

The results vary for everyone and those with obvious health concerns, who have done several detox sessions have the best testimonies. However, many people have reported improvement in the following areas:

  • Ph balance, which is the corner stone of optimal health
  • Joint, Muscle and Other Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Energy
  • Mental Clarify and Memory
  • Circulation and Stamina
  • Better Sleep
  • Stress and Depression
  • Inflammation
  • PMS, Tension and Menstrual Cramps
  • Sexual Health
  • Wrinkles
  • Acne
  • Rashes
  • Arthritis, Gout, Edema and Other Inflammatory Conditions
  • Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol Levels
  • Metabolism and Weight Loss

Ph Test Offers Proof

An overly acidic body, which most of us have these days, causes a host of physical ailments. Removing toxins helps balance the body, which is why one of the best ways to scientifically "see" that the ion foot cleanse works is to test saliva with a Ph test strip before and after a detox. I have often seen Ph levels improve after just one session, and more with concurring sessions. 

Why We Need To Detoxify

The world we live in today is full of toxins that invade our bodies everyday. These include:

  • Air that is Polluted
  • Water full of Chemicals
  • Vegetables Laden with Pesticides
  • Meat and Dairy from Hormone-Injected Cows
  • Meat and Eggs from Hormone-Injected Chickens
  • Mercury Poisoning from Fish
  • Fumes from Household Cleaners, Paint, New Carpet and many other Toxins in the Home
  • Skin Care Products with Toxic Ingredients that Leach into our Skin  
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The Body's Five Detox Organs

A foot bath detox provides detoxification through the body's five detox organs.

  • Liver
  • Lungs
  • Lymphatic
  • Colon
  • Skin

What The Colors Represent

The colors are indicative of what areas of your body you may be detoxing. The areas that are most toxic will detoxify first.

  • Brown - Liver, Tobacco, Cellular Debris
  • Black - Also liver, but not seen until after several detox sessions
  • Orange - Joints
  • Dark Green - Gallbladder
  • Yellow Green - Kidney, Bladder, Urinary Tract, Female Reproductive System or Male Prostate
  • Reddish Green - Kidney
  • Reddish Brown Flecks - Cardiovascular
  • Black Flecks - Heavy Metals
  • White Foam - Lymphatic
  • Large White Bubbles - Mucous / Allergy By-Product
  • White Cheese Particles - Fungal By-Product
  • Yellowish Cheese Particles - Yeast / Candida
  • Little Creatures - Parasites Yes! many people detox these little guys! I say, better in my detox water than in me.

Where The Color Comes From

There is no color from the toxins as they initially come through the pores of your feet.

  • The color primarily appears due to the chemical reaction that occurs as the toxins enter the ionic field.
  • Secondarily, a small amount of color is generated from the chemical reaction between the array and the minerals and contents in the water.

It may appear that the color is simply coming from the array, but the moment feet are removed from the water, color is no longer generated. I have heard of some machines that produce color whether or not feet are immersed, but I tested the machine I own and it only emits color when my feet are in the water.

Where To Get A Foot Bath Detox Session

Many chiropractic offices, spas and other natural health professionals offer foot bath detoxification. Do a search for your city and phrases like "foot bath detoxification", "ionic foot cleanse", "ionized water detoxification", etc. You may find someone to come to your home. This is wayyy to expensive. Do it on your own, multiple times without paying hundreds.

I highly recommend Relief Scientists' foot detoxing device.