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Soaking Up Wellness: Understanding The Ionic Foot Bath & 7 Benefits

Updated: Jul 9

Discover How To Cleanse Your Body Through Soaking The Feet

Most people believe our feet are the unsung heroes of our bodies. Our feet carry us through life’s adventures with grace, love, and, if you’re clutsy, resilience. In our walk towards holistic well-being, we often overlook the vital role our feet play in maintaining our health. Enter the Ionic Foot Bath.

Understanding history and how it works:

The Ionic Foot Bath, also known as Ionic Foot Detox or Foot Ion Cleanse, is a spa therapy that utilizes water, salt, and an electrical current to create a gentle and relaxing detoxification process. During a session, the feet are submerged in a small tub of warm water infused with a specialized salt solution. An array electrode, connected to a power source, releases ions into the water, triggering a chemical reaction that generates negatively charged ions. These ions are believed to attract and neutralize positively charged toxins in the body, drawing them out through the pores of the feet.

Ionic therapy is loosely linked to the work of Royal Raymond Rife, an American inventor considered to have discovered bioelectric medicine. His theory claimed that viruses would be destroyed if they were introduced to the right balance of resonating frequency, similar to glass being destroyed by the high pitch of a singing soprano.

Fast forward to the 21st century, when Dr. Mary Staggs applied this theory and others to create the first commercial ionic foot bath in 2001. 

Over the years, the use of Ionic Foot Baths have become extremely popular in healthcare facilities nationwide. You probably have also seen those infomercials about foot patches or foot baths that pull all the toxins out of your body through your feet, leaving you with a patch or bath full of brown liquid (aka, the toxins). But like most infomercials, they leave you wondering, “Are those claims even true?”

“Within EE, I have seen how real, impactful, and effective the Ionic Foot Bath is personally and for so many of my clients.” States owner and founder, Ellie Anderson. “The thin skin on the sole of the feet, in addition to the ionic charge created by the salt, and iron plates, creates an impactful pull of toxins as the blood circulates through the body. While the water alone would turn into a very light orange color from the molecular reaction of the ionic charge and the sodium - the effect of adding an individual's own biochemistry into the mix is what results in the unique-to-you color that results from what type of toxin or drainage pathway your body is looking to clear out that day.”

How amazing is that?! Okay, now that we have a better understanding of the Ionic Foot Bath, let’s take a splash into the benefits.

1) Detoxification and Cleansing:

One of the primary benefits of the Ionic Foot Bath is its ability to facilitate detoxification and cleansing. By matching the electrical frequencies of many harmful toxins, heavy metals, and common ailments through the pre-programmed sequence, the Ionic Foot Bath provides a boost to our cells’ energy factories (the mitochondria) making it easier to neutralize the negative effect on cells, DNA, and our bodies in general. As the toxins are drawing out through the pores of the feet, this process will support the body’s natural detoxification pathways, promoting the elimination of harmful substances and enhancing your overall health.

2) Immune System Support:

Detoxification plays a crucial role in supporting the immune system, and the Ionic Foot Bath can be a valuable tool in this regard. By removing toxins and heavy metals from the body, the treatment helps reduce the negative load on the immune system, allowing it to function more efficiently. This can enhance the body’s ability to defend against illness and infection, promote overall health and well-being, and support the body’s natural healing process.

It’s kind of like when you need to take your car in for an oil change. They have a step-by-step process they do to properly check, clean, and drain out the old oil. This, in turn, helps the car run more efficiently. But if you go long enough without one, it could cost you your car (or cost you to become sick!)

A lot of our EE patrons like to maintain their health with bi-weekly or monthly Foot Baths just to keep their immune system running in tip-top shape. 

3) Improved Blood Flow and Circulation:

The warm water and electrical current used in the Ionic Foot Bath can help improve circulation and blood flow to the feet and lower extremities. This enhanced circulation can aid in the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the tissues, promote the removal of metabolic waste, and support overall cardiovascular health. Additionally, improved circulation can help reduce swelling, alleviate pain, and even enhance mobility - making the Ionic Foot Bath a valuable therapy for individuals dealing with circulatory issues or foot-related ailments. 

4) Pain Relief and Muscle Relaxation:

Many individuals report experiencing pain relief and muscle relaxation following an Ionic Foot Bath. A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2006 found that foot soaking in warm water with or without Epsom salt improved joint tenderness and reduced pain in participants with knee osteoarthritis. Other clients have found it can be especially beneficial if you’re dealing with conditions like plantar fasciitis, arthritis, and neuropathy, or if your feet are just sore in general.

5) Balance pH Levels:

Some people say one of the most important benefits of an Ionic Foot Bath is its ability to balance pH levels in the body and to make them more alkaline. “What exactly is pH and why is alkaline so important?” So glad you asked!

pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a substance, ranging from 0 (most acidic) to 14 (most alkaline), with 7 being neutral; and an alkaline body is crucial to a person’s health. The human body is naturally alkaline, with a pH range of around 7.35 to 7.45. Maintaining this delicate balance is essential for optimal health because disease thrives in an acidic environment.

Unless the body’s pH level is slightly alkaline, the body cannot heal itself. You cannot improve your oral or general health until your pH levels are above a 7. Most drugs and medications (over the counter and prescription) are toxic and can cause the pH to be acidic as well. Acid decreases the body’s ability to repair damaged cells, decreases the ability to get rid of heavy metals and it makes the body more susceptible to fatigue and illness. Everything pivots on a balanced pH. When bodily pH drops, enzymes are deactivated, digestion is interrupted; vital nutrients are not effectively assimilated. Disease cannot survive in an alkaline state; however, in a low oxygen/low pH (acidic) state, viruses, bacteria, yeast, mold, fungus, Candida and Cancer cells all thrive. (1)

One study conducted had a patient complete a urine pH test before soaking his feet in the Ionic Foot Bath. After a 30-minute soak, they took a second urine pH test and found his urine to be far less acidic after just one, 30-minute soak.

6) Skin Health and Rejuvenation:

The detoxifying effects of the Ionic Foot Bath can also extend to the skin, promoting a clearer, healthier complexion. By removing toxins from the body and supporting the elimination of waste through the pores of the feet, the treatment can help reduce the burden on the skin and improve its appearance and texture. Isn’t that awesome?! Many of our clients report experiencing softer, smoother skin and a brighter, more radiant complexion following regular Ionic Foot Bath sessions. 

7) Stress Reduction and Relaxation:

Who knew sitting in a cozy chair while soaking your feet in warm water for 30 minutes would be so heavenly? Beyond its detoxifying effects, the Ionic Foot Bath is also known for its ability to induce relaxation and reduce stress. 

Many of our clients find the treatment to be deeply therapeutic and enjoy sitting back indulging in a favorite read, or breathing in the atmosphere behind closed eyes. Or, if you find warm conversation with a friend to be relaxing, there are two Foot Baths at each of our EE locations - so you're able to soak next to a friend or loved one.


As the body releases toxins during an Ionic Foot Bath session, many people report feeling a renewed sense of energy. The removal of toxic substances from the body, coupled with the relaxation of the nervous system, can leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to tackle the day ahead. This boost in energy can improve your mood, cognitive function, and overall quality of life. 

At Eating Elevated, our mission is to remove what doesn’t belong and to replace what is missing, restoring health and balance to the temples God has given us. 

Just like with anything, consistency is key. If you have questions regarding the Ionic Foot Bath or want to know how often you should soak, email us at or talk with your NRT Practitioner today. Or if you’re eager to get started, book your appointment now at any of our three Eating Elevated locations.


St. Joe

St. Michael

Your journey starts with a single step. We are here to educate and empower you along the way. We are Eating, Elevated: Holistic, Integrative, Christ-Centered Health & Hydration. He heals. We just get to help.

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