Sandra Chaloux

| 09/27/2016

Fall Detox: Part 1 – Ion Cleanse Footbath Detox with Dr. Jen Sims

Fall Detox: Part 1 – Ion Cleanse Footbath Detox with Dr. Jen Sims

In this post, I want to tell you about a body detox option that you may not have heard about.

Let’s start with some background first…about a year ago, I decided to try bio-identical hormones because I was having really uncomfortable hot flashes and my hormone levels were really low. What I wasn’t expecting was the weight gain that followed. Anyway, then at a luncheon I attended, a stage 4 cancer survivor told the audience that if you are overweight, your body is toxic. Her statement has stayed with me. I had heard before that toxins are stored in body fat and tissues.

No matter how much we try to eat organic, use clean products for personal care and in our homes, we are continually inhaling and assimilating residues from petrochemicals, plastics, and pesticides that occupy cell receptor sites and block hormone utilization. Then add in an acidic diet and high stress which leads to accumulation of excessive quantities of waste products such as diacetic, lactic, pyruvic, uric, carbonic, acetic, butyric and heptic acids.

Rashes, dark circles under the eyes, swollen joints, yellow-green and blotched complexions often indicate a buildup of tissue acid wastes inside the body.

Harmful toxins can cause a variety of health complications, such as arthritis, allergies, chronic pain, autoimmune diseases, and inflammation.

I had a conversation with Dr. Jen about my weight gain and she suggested that maybe my liver was overloaded and not properly detoxifying. Some of us don’t detoxify that well. She told me about the Ion Cleanse Footbath for detoxifying. She said that people with Lyme disease have really found it to be helpful in healing.

I know there are lots of options out there for doing a body detox –like elimination diets such as Whole30, Standard Process, Thorne Research, and juicing, etc. I have done a few of these myself.

But frankly, she had me at footbath…

I then looked up reviews online for Ion Cleanse footbaths. Most of the reviews I read were negative and discouraging, which is often the case for treatments that are not mainstream. I mentioned the idea to my functional medicine doctor recently and she told me that a number of her clients have had great success with it. She recommended the Ion Cleanse footbath by A Major Difference. Dr. Jen’s practice uses this brand. So I decided to try it.

The Ion Cleanse is said to purify the body more effectively and faster than any herbal or fasting protocols, with little to no stress on the body. We’re talking about a footbath. There really isn’t any sensation to it at all. You just let your feet soak in warm water for 30 minutes while the little square ion instrument hums quietly.

An ion cleanse draws waste from the body out through the feet in a foot bath that contains an ion array unit placed in the water which produces both a positive and negative electric current.

An ion is a charged atom that has gained or lost an electron. It creates a magnetic field capable of neutralizing oppositely charged particles. These neutralized particles are pulled out of the body through the skin via osmosis into the ion field set up by the array in the water. During a 30-minute session, the ions in the water enter your body and begin to neutralize these acid wastes and draw them out.

Used in combination with a prescribed detoxification program and proper diet, an ion cleanse footbath is a good way to enhance your internal detox efforts. Many colors and objects appear in the water during ion cleanse sessions. This is due to a reaction between the toxins and particles in the water, the salt added to the water, the metals in the array, and the acidity or alkalinity of the person being bathed. All of these combine to produce a color in the water. For example, a yellow-green color relates to the kidney, bladder, urinary tract or prostate. An orange color relates to joint meridians. Brown is linked to liver meridians. Black flecks –are heavy metals. White foam relates to the lymphatic meridians.

Regional toxins contribute 20-40 percent of the residues found in the water. Fat and mucous residues found in the water after bathing reflect the wastes that have left the body during a 20 to 30-minute session.

Healthy individuals can expect to feel lighter and experience a greater sense of well being from each Ion Cleanse session. You can do up to 12 treatments, with a treatment every second or third day if needed before taking a break.

I have completed 2 sessions so far. During both sessions, I ended up with brown disgusting water (liver). During my second session, the water started out being orange (joint meridians), had black flecks (heavy metals), white foam –(lymphatic meridians), had signs of yeast, and was brown at the end (liver meridians). What I have noticed so far is less swelling in my ankles, less lower back pain, improved sleep, and increased urination (hopefully still getting rid of toxins). I have been feeling fatigued since my last treatment which is common when the body is going through a healing process and working to eliminate storage of toxins in the colon, the tissues, and in individual cells. In a sense, the body becomes temporarily more toxic until the toxins are excreted. It is quite humbling to see what comes out in the water during each session. I have committed to doing 12 sessions so I will keep you posted on my progress. Dr. Jen will be hosting a small group Fall detox program beginning on October 3.

Jennifer Sims is a Doctor of Chiropractic and owner of Blue Sky Health & Wellness in Oakton, Virginia. She has been practicing in the Northern Virginia area for over 14 years and specializes in women’s and pediatric health care.


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