Do Detox Foot Pads Really Work?

Do Detox Foot Pads work?Detox Foot Pads are a big hit in the alternative medicine market as a way to remove toxins from the body, thereby improving circulation, digestion, energy levels, and a host of other claimed benefits. Most people just want to know if they work, or if they’re just fooling around with their feet and wasting time.

Overview
It’s easy to see that we live in a more toxic environment than our ancestors did. With over 7 billion people on the planet, less oxygen than at any time before, pollutants in the air and water, and artificial chemicals in the food we eat, there’s little doubt that our bodies are left in a toxic state. It’s a good idea to help the body flush out these toxins, and keep our insides clean, but are these foot pads the way to do it?

The Claim
When you first hear about detox foot pads it sounds reasonable, especially if its accompanied by before and after pictures showing pristine white pads at the start, and dark and dirty pads as the after image. That simply must mean it’s working, right?

It’s amazing how many all-natural ingredients they can come up with to act as drawing agents for toxins. Vinegar, salt, and other substances are said to be able to suck out toxins through your feet and out of your body.

The Hype
These pads get hyped up mostly by those that are trying to sell them. If it’s not the overstated claims of how great you’ll feel once you start wearing them, it’s the obligatory before and after shots designed to convince you that it’s working.

The Cost
There are several different types of detox foot pads, and the manufacturers will try to convince you that theirs is better because it contains higher quality materials, is organic, etc. Try not to get carried away by the idea that more expensive pads mean better cleansing effects.

The Commitment
This is where they rope you in, since you don’t really have to do anything, and the magic happens while you’re sleeping. Many of the pads are not very expensive as well, so there’s a low barrier to entry. The less work involved in a method the more people it will entice, that’s just human nature.

Evaluation
First, the idea of toxins seeping out of your feet is a tough one to swallow. The skin just doesn’t let things ooze out of it, or it wouldn’t be doing its job. Yes, sweat does exit the body, and there are sweat glands in the feet. What research has found is that many of the detox foot pads on the market contain chemicals or all natural substances in them that turn the dark color when they are introduced to moisture, such as the moisture that occurs from a wrapped up foot while you sleep.

Analysis of used up foot pads fails to show anything in them that would be considered toxic to the body, such as heavy metals or other toxic substances. It’s hard to use something blindly when everything is showing that it doesn’t work. But some people will refuse to believe that they’ve been duped, even when they see the trick of having the pads turn brown or black by simply getting wet. The same sort of technique is used by ionic foot bath proponents, showing the water used turning dark while you’re using it and claiming that this is pulling out the toxins from the body.

But you have to ask yourself, what sort of toxins exactly is this supposed to be drawing out, why do the pads actually act as a drawing agent, and what makes the feet a particularly good spot on the body to have them come out of. Perhaps if you were standing up gravity might make it a good choice, but you’re lying down so there’s nothing helping the flow out towards the feet. The whole concept seems like snake oil salesmanship when you step back from it and get very objective about it. At some point many years ago someone discovered that certain pads placed on the sweat glands of the feet will turn color and got others to believe this was a healing method.

Final Detox Foot Pads Review

All evidence points towards detox foot pads not working at all. You can safely save your time and money on these and invest it in more reliable and proven methods. It’s good to want to do healthy things for your body, and it’s easy to get roped into the idea of having something work while you sleep. But true detoxification takes a bit more effort on your part, so you have to be willing to put in the time in order to reap the benefits.

Our Recommendation
It’s important to keep your body clean, and there are cleanses that can be performed in order to help your body rid itself of anything that doesn’t belong. But the time, effort, and expense involved means you’ll have to get into it more than simply wrapping your feet up before bedtime. There are ways to clean most organs and systems of the body, including colon cleanses, heavy metal cleanses, parasite cleanses including a candida cleanse, and a liver and gallbladder flush. Each of these is met with its own criticism and skepticism, so you’ll have to do further research before deciding how to proceed.

What do you think? Do Detox Foot Pads work or not?

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Stacey March 21, 2013 at 11:03 am

I guess my initial suspicion was right, there’s no other way to detox but the harder way. My friend went through a detox process about a week ago and I believe she did it for 10 days or so. She says she feels like she’s reborn and I was hoping I could get the same feeling the easy way kekeke~ Oh well, at least I didn’t buy the detox foot pads 😛

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Kevin February 8, 2018 at 9:46 am

They actually do work so you’re selling yourself short not buying them!

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Jill June 9, 2016 at 3:51 pm

As with all non-pharma drug based “medicine”, which is any medicine claiming there is no such thing as a drug deficiency, you can search Google and you’ll find plenty of “scambuster” websites artificially pushed to top results of Google, etc, saying don’t use alternative medicine, because it doesn’t work and is dangerous. But the fact is its THE PHARMA-based MDs, the original quacks, who kill so many each year that THEY are number ONE cause of death, even beating out heart disease for top spot.
YES, these foot pads really work.
The simple proof for your eyes is to use them for 4-6 weeks, because it takes about that long before you begin to see the foot pads are no longer turning black, instead they get lighter and lighter.
It depends on just how full of chemicals the person has become. Some people are exposed to more toxins than others. Indeed, many of the chemicals pulled out by detox foot pads are those from Big Pharma, they don’t belong in the body, because there is no such thing as a Pharma drug deficiency. The foot pads works so well at reducing toxic loads on body that body can begin to heal itself instead of spending its nutrition on detoxing chemicals. That is why pharma gets to top of all search results, to discourage use of effective products that ruin the pharma business model of treating symptoms instead of giving real cures.

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Cindy April 27, 2017 at 4:10 am

I gave them a try and while I don’t know about the toxins being removed is true, oddly, my feet don’t cramp at night with the cholesterol medicine I take. Whatever it’s doing is helping my sleep. Just smells really bad and a bit of a chore to remove, but as long as there are no negative effects of it’s use, I do get a better night’s sleep. I never expected that. I’m almost inclined to stop using them and see if things change.

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Chris August 1, 2017 at 1:51 pm

I have been having trouble with my ankles. They have been swollen for several months and the pads of my feet have been very sore and so stiff when I get up. I used the pads for two nights and this morning I actually have ankles again and my feet feel awesome. My pads are so black in the morning. I beleive it is helping and will continue for several more days. I find them very easy to remove.

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Barbara Haulsey November 21, 2017 at 1:19 am

Yes, they do work. After a car accident my feet and ankles swell and are very painful. The swelling goes away overnight and I feel so much better. Worth every penny!

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Reese Daniel December 21, 2017 at 3:46 am

I used a box of the Kinoki foot pads several years ago when I was having very bad vertigo (dizzy spells) and the pads would come out black and mushy,dripping with goo each time I used them. I used the entire box and they continued to be black and gooey, and although I seemed to sleep better and they made my legs feel good, I decided they were just turning black from sweat and they were probably a scam. I began taking herbal and vitamin supplements and changed my diet over the years and the vertigo finally went away. Recently, I decided to try them again (foot pads) just for kicks. I put on some pads last night and when I got up and removed them they were only 2/3 black but not gooey/wet/mushy and 1/3 of the pads were WHITE AND DRY. Obviously I am not nearly as toxic as I was when I used the pads a few years ago and the pads are showing this! So it’s not just “sweat” causing them turn black and gooey, it’s TOXINS. These work and I just purchased 50 more of the pads. They help my sleep and make my legs feel very relaxed as well. I agree with Jill’s comment above. Big Pharma and it’s constituents don’t want us to have anything helpful or beneficial that’s not some kind of chemical TOXIC drug under their control!

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Lori May 2, 2018 at 2:59 am

Did the foot pads help with vertigo??

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bubba October 12, 2019 at 7:27 pm

do detox foot pads really help with vertigo?

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Kyle Smithers December 27, 2017 at 2:16 pm

Honestly I’m not surprised Dr.’s are against this. They hate anything not made in a pharmacy factory in india owned by American money hungry industries. The proof is in the feeling. You can feel them working! You can feel your feet changing and you feel better in the morning. Sweat isn’t slimy like resin, the crap these pads absorb is like a black stinky tar, and quite frankly they make me feel, sleep, and eat better as well as feel more energetic. For me I will use them as long as they keep improving my lifestyle!

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Rocco St.Bruno July 24, 2018 at 7:37 am

Thank God for Kinoki Foot Pads, I have been concerned about the toxic build up in my body ever since aliens abducted me six years ago. These little miracle pads took care of all the interplanetary toxins, not to mention the alien viruses I was exposed to. My advise to you is to buy a years supply and use them every day, one on each foot and one on your forehead. As an added bonus, the little aluminum foil wrapper the pads come in makes a great hat, shielding your brain from the cosmic rays sent by alien forces in an attempt to program all of humankind for self-annihilation. So do it today, after all the giant frog commands it.

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Erics September 6, 2018 at 6:20 am

My feet ankles and all the way up too my knees had been swollen for about 3 weeks straight,day and night all of sudden with no explanation what so ever. Nothing at all helped. I tried staying in bed with my legs elevated,water pills, exercise, natural herbal detoxes and I even tried not taking medications that i had been on for some time. One day I was shopping Marshalls and i seen the nature love foot detox pads so i decided to buy it for other reasons. I put it on that night, i was awhed by it the next morning. Too my surprise my legs were completely normal again (After 3 wks of painful and swollen legs and feet). That was after one night…..i can just imagine how good im going to be after i keep using them for at least the 5 days. I would recommend them to any one. Especially after even my doctor couldnt figure out why and i was going to go have expensive test done. Which werent necessary because nothing else hurted.

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