I found this info while digging around for how-to-make-this-setup-work and thought it would be of interest.
In order to decide how long or whether to continue, I am going by whether or not I detect improvement with the foot bath, and am less attached to what the colors may mean, although they're certainly fascinating and they do match what is going on with my body IMO. I may have to change my opinion about that :-).
One thing I am noticing: It is useful to let the bath water settle out for a couple of hours and take a look at it again. After a couple of hours, the colors may look different, and the layers of color and clarity of the color in the water are much more perceptible.
With your feet in there and your toes swirling around, those different layers are obscured, which makes the colors less definite and the bath water more murky. I have also found that taking digital pix saves me loads of descriptive writing.
FYI also on this page, the Ionic foot bath is credited with being instrumental in healing a child of lymphoma (along with a healthier diet).
"...In a common plastic bucket, you place the metal array in clean water that has a little Sea Salt in it. The array puts out a very small current with positive and negative ions that circulate through the body. The oppositely charged toxins attach to them and by osmosis the toxins are pulled out through the pores of the feet. The clean water starts to change color depending on what organs are detoxing.
Dark brown/black- is the liver detoxing
Orange- the joints
Yellow- urinary tract
Dark green- gallbladder
Black flecks- heavy metals
Red flecks-blood clot material
White foam- lymph nodes draining
In all fairness, the water will change color to some degree without feet in it because the metal, water, salt and minerals will react. But what you are looking for is the sludge that floats on the top of the water that stains the sides of the bucket. We found some independent studies done with and without feet and it showed the mucus in the water that just the water, salt and the metal array wouldnít produce by itself..."
Thanks for more information. Has any studies been done as to the type of water to use...tap, bottled or distilled as I imagine that has to have some interaction with the salt and electricity? My son was trained in heattreating and using salts, electricity and water do cause a reaction to the stainless steel.
What about whether you use hot, warm or cold water? Does that make much of a difference? I used extremly hot water (almost ouch hot)and a niacin tablet (internally)to open things up inside my skin. I will do another foot bath shortly and then wait an hour or 2 and check after the water has settled. Yesterday I did notice red scum (my feet were clean when emerged) on the sides of the container and some white scum or foam on top; I had my graters about 1 inch apart and they were going to town with the bubbles and some swirling around the graters.
I am using tap water. I'm glad you brought that up. Is that what you're using? Originally I used it just because I don't have to buy it by the gallon like I would have to buy distilled.
I have RO here too, but it takes a very long time to get enough out of that teeny little outlet it has to fill the foot bath container, so I have wound up just using tapwater.
In the interest of not complicating things, I have just left it at 'tap'. However, I do not like the tapwater here where I am (Turns the interior of a pot white with sediment very quickly), so I may just make the experiment to use distilled, today. I'll post here if I do, so we'll know what happens.. My understanding is, however, that distilled water is not nearly as conductive.
Yesterday I used water that was ouch-hot also. IMO that was overkill, and it was uncomfortable. I won't do it again. My understanding is that heat assists the water to be more conductive (as does the salt).
So while I can't swear it to you, it would make sense to me that the water temp could affect the efficiency of the bath, and might affect how long it takes for the Soakee to experience benefit.
Thanks for posting your thoughts.
PS: I scrub the cheese graters before each bath to get as much as possible of the gunk off. But- being cheese graters- they don't scrub well :) L
WOW! I just did my 5th footbath and you would be amazed at the amount of red sludge in the water after I got through and let it sit. There is probably a good cup or more of that stuff. I used reasonably hot tap water and 1 &1/2 T. of regular Sea Salt and instead of only 30 minutes, I went for 45. I'm going to do it again this evening to see what else shows up. I was feeling pretty rough before the bath (lack of sleep and pollen alergies that are, for the 1st time causing me to have problems breathing) Now I'm feeling so much better. I think we have a winner....my opinion of the system.
I am using tap water and am wondering if perhaps the red coloring could be rust from the hot water tank???? I've had three ionic foot baths since yesterday (2 yesterday and one today)and each time the scum or sludge is a deep red and the same amount (lots of it). ( emerge my feet from 45 min. to 60. Though the water looks clear when I put it in the foot bath container. I wonder if anyone has ever set up a system to do a complete ionic body bath? I want to try it soon. I know that the tub would probably have to be lined with plastic and a person would have to make sure the power part of the whole thing is set up safely as to not fall in the water or touch the skin. though I don't know what would happen if flesh touched the metalclipped and hanging in the water.
Ok, I tested the setup today using distilled water + 2 Tablespoons of Celtic Sea Salt .
I used a brand new white plastic dishpan, as the original has become stained. I wanted to remove it as a variable and see the color changes more clearly.
I heated the water in a slower-than-Christmas Microwave at first, but then finally gave up and boiled some of it on the stove in an 18/10 S/S pan to get it warmed up. The charger started right up and took off running with bubbles at the grater which was attached to the negative clip.
I had to re-use my one-and-only grater array though, and it was a little discolored (Can't get all the stuff off, but I scrub it anyway).
Duration of the bath was 30 minutes because I don't really want my feet sitting in that muck any longer :-).
The first difference I noticed using distilled water instead of hot tapwater was the rate of speed at which the color change began, and the fact that it first turned more pinkish-orange than orange, which was interesting.
The distilled water also may have actually wound up darker (Same color as a very dark Irish Setter) this time by the end of the bath. It hasn't totally settled out yet. The foot bath did have a lot more bubbly froth on top at the end than it has before.
I switched polarity of the stainless steel every 5 minutes approximately, by picking up the array by the top plastic, then slowly turning it in the water while keeping it submerged. I keep it submerged because it is just fascinating how very clearly the live signal is in that water, and it is *very* directional. It sweeps through that water like a beam that could be aimed at something. Interesting..
Still 15 minutes into the foot bath I can't see my feet anymore.
So all this color I am seeing in the used foot bath water is not coming from any part of the hotwater system in the house, because no part of it touched the foot bath water at any time today. That leaves only the cheese grater array, of which I only have one.
Someone may want to try this with distilled water and a second brand-new S/S array, and see if that changes things. It's the only possibility I can think of that remains.
Cool. This is going to be a FUN forum. Productive forum.
I was thinking about the metal in the water, and cleaning it, and mused about maybe using a couple of stainless steel cylinders instead that can be clipped on to with the electrodes. Maybe easier to clean the outside of SS? Just musing.
Also thought about getting a deeper pan and then elevating the feet a couple of inches, so whatever the electrodes might be, they could be placed under the foot elevated thing (how's that for lack of imagination to find a better phrase?), or placed front and back, side to side, or next to each other.
Will experiment as I was wondering what the effects will be be changing the spacing from 1/2" to wider? Just musing about it all...
And it will be really interesting to hear about the interpretations of the foam, colors, etc. My sweetie was with a cousin who had an ionic foot bath the other day at a spa, and the attendant was going on about interpreting the colors. I suggested we give pause on that one because first, I don't know but mainly, I don't know. Rather hold off until more is learned about what this all means.
I connected the graters (1" apart)to the center of a long piece of wood that fit across the middle of the plastic container. I did this to be able to safely put my feet on the outside of the graters. I did fix it so I could change chairs to have different polarities and boy! Did it make a difference. I had so much black scum floating in the water and on top and also dark red. The footbath water is now settling so I can see more concentrated debree. I tried to look at what was on the graters but I couldn't tell what I was seeing. Sure wish I had a microscope, not that I would know for sure what I was seeing. Thank you Ladylove for all the information you have contributed, especially about changing polarities and having the graters between your feet.
Tomorrow I will go get pure stainess steel rods and test them in the bath water. I may connect the graters or steel rods to a longer piece of wood to go lengthwise in the plastic container and try to turn my feet sideways and see if I can see anything coming from my feet in the water.