The science behind detox foot pads

The science behind detox foot pads

The human body is equipped with organs that allow it to naturally get rid of toxins and other harmful substances. This process of detoxification is important for you to stay healthy because it ensures that all the parts of your body are functioning to the best of their ability. In case you’re wondering where the toxic substances that end up in your system come from, they’re actually present everywhere: They’re in the water that you drink, the foods that you eat and even the air that you breathe. [1]

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), even your drinking water may contain chemical or biological contaminants, such as salts, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, bleaches and toxin-producing microorganisms. [2] The vegetables that you eat may also contain natural toxins, as some of the compounds they produce as part of their natural defenses may be harmful to your health. [3] Meanwhile, research has found that about 310 kilograms of toxic chemicals are released into the air every second by industrial facilities around the world. [4]

Since it’s difficult to control your exposure to environmental toxins, the organs of your body responsible for detoxification could get overworked and overburdened. When they do, these organs start functioning less efficiently, causing a variety of symptoms that can affect your day-to-day activities. Fortunately, there are ways for you to support your body’s natural ability to detox. Besides practicing clean eating and making healthy lifestyle choices (i.e., quitting smoking, drinking and choosing to eat organic foods), you can also try detox foot pads.

How your body naturally detoxifies

There are six organs that facilitate the removal of toxins from your body. These are your lungs, skin, liver, kidneys, digestive system and lymphatic system. Among these organs, the liver represents your body’s major detoxification organ. Besides processing nutrients, it also extracts toxins and potentially harmful substances from your blood and breaks them down with the help of bile. [5][6]

Another thing your liver does that you may not be aware of is that it contributes to your immune defenses. According to studies, about 80 to 90% of the immune proteins circulating inside your body are produced by your liver cells. [7] This is how your liver helps eliminate foreign threats, such as bacteria, fungi and viruses, from your blood.

The toxic waste extracted by the liver from your blood is deposited together with bile in your small intestine. From there, it is further processed as it goes through your intestinal tract and exits your body as part of your stool. [8] Meanwhile, water-soluble substances, such as toxic chemicals and medications, are filtered from your blood by your kidneys. These bean-shaped organs flush toxins out of your body through your urine. [9]

Like your kidneys, your lungs act as a filter for harmful substances that are present in the air, such as toxins from car exhaust and cigarette smoke. The tiny air sacs in your lungs called alveoli prevent solid waste from penetrating their membranes while your airways allow you to expel toxins out of your body in the form of carbonic gas or phlegm. [10]

When the combined efforts of your liver, kidneys, lungs and digestive system are not enough to get rid of toxins, your body gets a little help from your skin. Besides being your first line of defense against external threats, your skin also helps you excrete toxic waste products in the form of sweat. This is how your body normally rids itself of crystal residues from the breakdown of protein-rich foods.

Toxins don’t only come from outside your body – some are also produced from within. Your lymphatic system is responsible for the elimination of these toxic substances, which happen to be your cell’s waste products. The lymphatic system is made up of a network of vessels, organs and tissues that enables lymph to move back into your bloodstream. [11]

Lymph is the colorless fluid that remains after blood has delivered all the nutrients it contains to various tissues and received their waste products. This waste is filtered out of lymph by your lymph nodes before lymph makes its way back to your bloodstream.

A simple way to support your body’s natural ability to detoxify

You’re constantly exposed to environmental toxins. Many of the products you use every day (e.g., perfumes, cleaning products, air fresheners, skincare and haircare products, etc.) also contain toxic chemicals that can get in through your skin. Because of this, your body can get overloaded with toxins, which can affect how your detox organs work. When your body’s not getting rid of toxins efficiently, you’re bound to experience symptoms that can affect your physical and mental performance. These symptoms include: [12]

  • Fatigue
  • Infrequent bowel movements
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Skin issues (e.g., rashes, acne, eczema, foul body odor)
  • Gallbladder problems

If you regularly experience one or more of these symptoms, it means that your body is not detoxifying properly. Your detox organs are dealing with more toxins than they can handle and need help removing them from your body.

The good news is, you’re not completely powerless to help them. Making a few healthy changes to your lifestyle and habits, such as getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, limiting your alcohol intake and avoiding processed foods, can go a long way toward helping your body get back in shape. Doing something as simple as using detox foot pads at night can also help support your body’s natural ability to detox.

There are many different types of detox foot pads sold on the market today. How these products work and how effective they are vary depending on the ingredients they contain. Groovy Bee Detox Foot Pads are made with high-quality, all-natural ingredients that are meticulously chosen to support your body’s natural detoxification process, such as the negative ion powder.

Negative ions are particles that bear a negative electric charge because of the extra unpaired electrons they have. Despite their name, negative ions are good for your health and are abundant in Nature, especially around waterfalls, at the beach, in the mountains and in forests. In contrast, positive ions are particles that have lost one or more negatively-charged electrons, making their overall electric charge positive. [13] While negative ions are linked to several health benefits, positive ions are associated with negative effects. In fact, most environmental pollutants, such as heavy metals and toxic chemicals, are -- or are composed of -- positive ions. [14]

Thanks to the unpaired electrons they bear, negative ions easily attract positive ions and bind to them. This interaction is what Groovy Bee Detox Foot Pads take advantage of and is what makes them so effective at supporting your body’s natural ability to detox. Our product’s ability is further enhanced by the presence of zeolite, a porous mineral that also bears a negative charge, and tourmaline, a crystalline mineral that generates negative ions, courtesy of its pyroelectric and piezoelectric properties. [15][16]

Meanwhile, the other ingredients in our specially formulated detox foot pads work like a filter that helps trap these toxins and offer certain skin support. These ingredients include:

  1. Dextrin – A natural fiber obtained by heating starch, dextrin is widely known for its adhesive properties. [17] Dextrin is the natural binding agent that holds the active ingredients in our detox foot pads together.

  2. Chitin and chitosan – Chitin and its derivative, chitosan, are fibrous natural polymers that can be found in certain fungi. They’ve recently grown popular as biosorbents, or biological materials that can bind and concentrate heavy metals from liquid solutions. Together with starch and fibers like dextrin, these polymers are often used to remove heavy metals from wastewater. [18][19] Chitin and chitosan in Groovy Bee Detox Foot Pads are there to entrap pollutants that you eliminate through your sweat.

  3. Loquat leaves – Picked from the loquat tree (Eriobotrya japonica), loquat leaves are traditionally used in Japan as a natural remedy for various skin conditions. They are also widely used as natural detoxifying agents. [20]

  4. Bamboo vinegar – Vinegar has long been used as a remedy for many skin problems. When applied topically, it helps cleanse the skin. In Japan, bamboo vinegar is used to eliminate foot odor and soften the skin. [21]

  5. Vitamin C – A powerful antioxidant and essential nutrient, vitamin C is important for the healthy functions of your skin and helps neutralize free radicals.

  6. Vegetable fiber – Used as a natural preservative, vegetable fiber helps prevent the ingredients in our detox food pads from degrading easily.

Groovy Bee Detox Foot Pads are easy to use. Simply peel off the adhesive paper and stick the pads to the soles of your feet (one each). Make sure that the pads touch as much of your soles as possible. Put on the pads at night before you sleep and leave them on for about eight hours. To fully support your body’s natural ability to detox, drink plenty of water beforehand.

In case you’re wondering why detox foot pads were made for the feet, it’s because you have more sweat glands in that part of your body than in any other. [22] Remember that when your other detox organs are in a pinch, your skin tries to help by allowing you to remove water-soluble toxins through your sweat, albeit in small amounts. Our detox foot pads can support this natural elimination process.

Thanks to the various ingredients in Groovy Bee Detox Foot Pads and their remarkable properties, they:*

  • Can support your body’s natural ability to detoxify
  • Help soothe and relax your body
  • Support healthy immune and organ functions
  • Promote a positive mood

All the ingredients used in our high-quality detox foot pads are non-GMO, ethically sourced and lab-verified for cleanliness and purity. They are also gluten-free, cruelty-free, vegan and lab tested for glyphosate, heavy metals and microbiology.

Support your body’s natural detoxification process while you sleep with our specially formulated detox foot pads! 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any diseases.