Nowadays, people will try anything if it looks like it’ll make them healthier. An Instagram ad, infomercial, click bait article title, or YouTube review video of a product grabs their attention and convinces them to buy whatever the product is. This is the age of quick-fix wellness fads, and detox foot pads are among the most debated in the health and wellness world.
What Are Detox Foot Pads?
Most people want to eliminate toxins from their bodies without doing a lot of work. Enter the detox foot pad, which doesn’t require you to change your diet, exercise, or drink a concoction of garlic, cayenne pepper, and apple cider vinegar. Detox foot pads are pads that you adhere to the bottoms of your feet and leave them on overnight. The purported benefit is that they draw out toxins, and the evidence of this is that the pads are darkened, slimy, and smelly in the morning. Some detox foot pads contain essential oils, plants, herbs, and minerals, and almost all of them contain vinegar.
Do They Really Work?
Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence that supports the anecdotal claims of detox foot pads. The manufacturers claim that they help remove heavy metals, toxins, and that they even promote weight loss. This is what you call false advertising, folks. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had to ban marketers behind a certain brand of detox foot pads for running ads with false scientific claims supporting the benefits of the pads. Companies also claimed that detox foot pads helped with arthritis, depression, insomnia, cellulite, diabetes, fatigue, headaches, and high blood pressure, but the FTC labeled these claims as “unsupported or false.”
If They Don’t Work, Why Is There Residue?
The infamous dark residue attracts people to purchase the foot pads. It terrifies them that this black, slimy residue exists in their bodies. Well, you could easily put a few drops of distilled water on the foot pad and it would turn black or brown. Your feet have pores, just like your face. When you stick the pads on the soles of your feet, they naturally perspire and mix with the vinegar in the pads. Additionally, the vinegar actually promotes sweating and the strange color is the result of sweat and vinegar mixing. There is no evidence to support the claims that any detoxifying effects take place.
Are They Harmful?
Most health experts believe that detox foot pads pose no threat to your health. We do have to say that some people may experience burns or irritation if they are allergic to pyroligneous acid. This is the active ingredient in wood vinegar, which is a common ingredient in detox foot pads. If you experience any other negative reactions, stop using the pads immediately.
In closing, you are better off soaking or rubbing your feet if they are tired or achy. If you want to truly detox impurities from your body, consider taking part in a cleanse. Unfortunately, there is minimal research about detoxing through your feet. Save your money and invest in other health products with supportive scientific research behind them.