What is the science behind these footbaths, where do the colors come from?
To answer this question scientifically, all the influences must be discussed. All ionic footbaths are based on electrolysis of water. In this process, there are five influencing factors: power level, water type, metal plate alloy content, salt type/additives, and the epidermis of the foot.
Power Level: Lifecare = 15 Volts
Voltage is an imperative part of an efficient ionizing process. According to Bohr’s theory at least 13.5 Volts of energy is required to free the electron from its ground state, therefore creating direct ionization. It is important to maintain a voltage above this minimum to establish a level of ionization that allows for saturation to occur.
Low power levels can produce ionization, but these released ions will recombine as fast as they are produced. Creation of them faster than they recombine is essential; you need a regulating and adjustable source of power.
Conversely, providing too much power to the bath can create a tunneling effect in which the flow overcomes the amount of alloy plate surface available and the overall electrolysis effect lowers.
Power less than 13.5 volts do not work!
All the array plates, rings, etc. are made of an alloy of stainless steel. To recombine molecules, the stainless steel has electrolytic reactions with the actual water, the sea salts, and suspended solids in the water. As the plates break down, they recombine with the solids to come out of a soluble state and appear to the eye as debris. The composition of the chosen alloy stains these items and creates a multitude of colors.
Salt is an integral part of the process. First of all, it allows for control of the conductivity of the water: more salt equals a greater current; the user can monitor the rate with the level in the bath. Secondly, its structure allows for the saturation of the bath with ionization. Without the salt, the bath will produce electrolysis but will often not saturate with ionization.
Epidermis of the Foot
[su_box title=”The controversy”]This is where the controversy begins! There are as many opinions on this as there are manufacturers and users. The items that have been proven through science are discussed above. The epidermis of the foot excretes many organic materials. This occurs whether in a footbath or not. When the foot’s epidermis is in contact with a soluble liquid such as water, these excreted materials become soluble themselves and float off into the water. The skin can contain attachments of soaps, creams, and other products introduced to the epidermis by the person. Any naturally released germs, bacteria, fungus, etc., also become soluble. This is akin to bathing, except that with a footbath, these items are altered and then become opaque, clump together, and show different colors. They become non-soluble and either float to the top or sink to the bottom of the bath.[/su_box]
When an ionic foot bath array begins the process, it attempts to raise the pH of the water from an acidic state to a more alkaline state (acidic items- coca cola, coffee, pesticides, alkaline items-celery, most herbs, and spirulina). pH (potential of hydrogen) is a measurement of the concentration of hydrogen ions in a solution. The heightened alkalinity of the footbath interacts with the newly soluble items which carry an acidic tendency and neutralizes them in the bath.
This is similar to pet odor removers [urine is quite acidic, and the odor product is quite alkaline- they combine and move the wet spot back toward a balanced pH (7.0 is the balance between the two)]. This process is also similar to baking soda in a refrigerator. The soda is very alkaline. The smelly oxidative releases of the food breaking down can be absorbed, or neutralized by the soda. This is a simplistic version of the process, with all the above factors involved being variables, each session becomes unique to the location and the person.
This overview is a very basic attempt to explain complex, chemical, and atomic level reactions that occur in an ionic footbath.
Wash Toxins Away
The soles of the feet, palms of our hands, and armpits are three of the body’s discharge pathways for toxins (hence the odor). The use of antiperspirant blocks one of these pathways, and over time can result in an accumulation of chemicals in the body. The feet are the largest channel of the body and have been used for centuries to eliminate toxins. Traditionally, feet were placed in the salty sand to detoxify.
This method was slow and had limitations. The foot bath uses a direct microcurrent that is very similar to low voltage electro-stimulation or cold laser – both of which have been proven to increase cellular ATP (stored energy). This increase in energy stimulates the cells to purge toxins at a much higher rate. The warm salt water is used as a conduit for exchanging ions.
In other words, the foot bath is like a magnet that energizes the cells and draws out toxic material right before your eyes.
Water, metal, and salt will combine to produce a light water color change, as well as objects in the water even without feet being submerged. The process at Lifecare neutralizes toxins in the water the same way it neutralizes toxins in the body. Remember that the body itself has high water content.
This is where toxins become isolated. As a general rule, depending on geographical location, about 20-40% of what you see in the water after a foot bath comes from regional toxins in the water. The remaining 60-80 % comes from the client’s body. Color charts are helpful for estimating what toxins are being pulled from the body.
Hopefully, this clarifies the concerns and questions. If there’s any question, feel free to ask in comments.
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