No matter what preventative measures you take, your body will come into contact with harmful toxins every day. Toxins are found in the food we eat and the air we breathe, as a result of pesticides, household chemicals, pet dander, secondhand smoke and other pollutants. Regular detoxification removes these toxins from your body and help to improve your immune system. The liver and kidneys are the body’s main organs that work to rid the body of toxins. Toxins are also released through the skin by sweating. There are a few steps you can take to remove toxins from your feet.
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Brush your feet vigorously with a dry brush or loofah, using a circular motion to stimulate the skin and promote the release of toxins, then take a shower to wash away the toxins. Dry brushing is a Russian technique that helps to remove dead skin, promote cellular growth, improve the nervous system and clean the lymphatic system.
Soak your feet in a solution of one-gallon hot water and one-cup of epsom salt to promote sweat and draw out toxins from your feet. Hot water will induce sweating and the magnesium in epsom salts are believed to be absorbed into the skin to aid in circulation, while simultaneously drawing out toxins through the skin.
Wrap your feet in wet seaweed or soak in a foot bath with hot water and seaweed; you can also purchase an at-home seaweed mask to apply to your feet. The hot water will help you to sweat out toxins, while seaweed has long been associated with the ability to draw toxins from the body.
Apply a green tea and vinegar foot detoxification pad to the bottom of each foot, leave them on overnight and remove in the mornings. Although still under debate, this Chinese foot detoxification is supposed to draw the toxins out through your feet, revealing a black pad in the morning.
Use a combination of these methods to improve your detox results.
References and ResourcesHealth News: Environmental Toxins May Cause Body's Defenses to Worsen Lung Disease
Natural Health Techniques: The Dry Brushing Technique
Alternative Health: Detox Baths for Purification
Southwest Institute of Healing Arts: Clinic Modality Descriptions
Chinese Culture: Detox Foot Patches