106: The Good, The Bad, The Yummy: Ionic Foot Bath, Salt, Avocado Pesto
This Week’s the GOOD, the BAD, the YUMMY!
Welcome to the latest installment of this new weekly feature where I share one thing that I’m loving, one thing I’m not, and one simple, SUPER easy, clean-eating recipe.
the GOOD: Ionic Foot Detox Bath
- What on Earth is it? Ionic Footbath Detoxification requires only that you sit in a chair with your feet placed in a container of water. A flow of warm water will flow under your feet and the positive and negative ions in the water will attach themselves to the toxins present in the body, and “pull the toxins out.” Toxins that are insoluble will also dissolve in the water.
- What happens? The water changes color naturally because of the chemical reaction between the electricity and the salt water (not because of toxins). But, but, but! …the debris that begins to form in the water is evidence of the toxins being removed.
- How does it work? The Ionic Foot Bath generates a mix of positive and negative ions, which attach themselves to toxic particles in the lymph system of the body. These toxic particles are then drawn out of the body into the foot bath water. The result over several sessions is a release and cleansing of many different toxins. Some individuals report feeling symptomatic relief from aches, pains, sinus problems, edema, headaches, and other benefits such as for:
- People suffering from allergies, colds, flu, joint problems, and pain
- Anyone under stress or with low energy
- Athletes who need to dissipate lactic acid build-up
- Children with autism, ADD & ADHD
- Anyone with heavy metal or chemical toxicity
A number of sessions may be necessary to achieve optimal results.
- Here’s what you see if you google other people’s results. Gross!
- I do this at Thrive Integrated Health, and you can do a web search for this service in your area.
- Yes, you can have an ionic foot bath unit at home. You can shop options at Amazon – there’s an array of them, but do your research! Some are not very effective. A couple of solid options at varying price points:
the BAD: Iodized Table Salt
- Iodized salt is not good for you. Himalayan Salt is. Here’s the difference.
- Dr. Axe has all the details for you here if you’re still not convinced.
- Table Salt is stripped of its mineral content when refined
- Refined salt, having all of its minerals removed (i.e., “purified”) is essentially a lifeless product. Being a lifeless product assures a long shelf life. In fact, refined salt can sit on the grocery shelf forever. A long shelf life is a valuable tool to maximize profits for food manufacturers.
- Manufacturers believe that an all-white salt product will look cleaner to the consumer and, therefore, increase sales. Refined salt is bleached in order to obtain the white color. YUCK!
- Iodine is added to refined salt to prevent goiter (swelling of the thyroid). However, there is insufficient iodine in salt to prevent thyroid illnesses or to provide for the body’s iodine needs. Skip it!
the YUMMY: Avocado Pesto Alfredo by the Gracious Pantry
You can see my made-up version here, and below is the recipe that inspired me.
Option 1: Avocado Pesto
- 2 avocados
- 1/2 cup packed, fresh basil
- 4 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- Himalayan or sea salt to taste
Option 2: Avocado Tahini Sauce
- 1 avocado
- 1½ tablespoons tahini
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 small garlic clove
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons water
- salt and pepper
- Blend in a blender or processor until smooth. Add water to reach your desired consistency.
See the Gracious Pantry’s original recipe here!
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