while at school this past weekend, in my Vitamin and Supplement module, we did a really interesting experiment, with Iodine! Now if you have an allergy to iodine, you could not partake in this one, but if you don't, you should try it sometime.
We applied a small patch of Iodine to our arm, allowed it to dry, and then waited, watched, and waited some more.. Why? Well, it is a great way to see if your body is low in Iodine. If over time, the patch fades, it means your body is absorbing the Iodine because the levels are low in your body! It will disburse through the skin, and continue to get lighter over time. Now obviously, you will not want to scrub it with soap and water during this time, so you can get an accurate conclusion.
I decided that this experiment would make a great blog post, so I took pictures at certain time marks, so I would have them to share with all of you!
Take a look... these are my results!
I think that I may have needed that Iodine!
Like most people I know, I was not to familiar with the essential reasons why we should have the recommended amount of Iodine in our bodies.
What is it essential for? How do we include more of it in our daily intake?
Well Iodine is essential for normal metabolism, growth and development as it is a component of thyroid hormones. If you are deficient in Iodine, that could lead to some issues such as hypothyroidism, goiter, and cretinism. It could also play a part in fibrocystic breast disease.
WOW! Iodine kind of plays an important role in our bodies...
So what are some good sources we can get iodine from? Well we can eat vegetables that are grown in iodine rich soil, iodized salt, seafood, and milk are some good sources. However, the iodine content of our soil that are vegetables are grown in, vary with location. And the truth is, the soil that we use to grow in today, is sadly not as nutrient rich in any of the vitamins or minerals we need to have optimum nutrition.
So What is an Optimum Ionic Foot Detox?
OPTIMUM FOCUS Detox Footbath generates negative oxygen ions absorbed by the body's cells boosting the cell's energy & increasing cellular waste removal, helping the body to restore its normal balance. A healthy human cell has a charge approximately 70-90 millivolts or .7-.9 volts, just less than a volt. A cell operates optimally within this range of voltage. Cells that are injured or stressed will measure as low as .1-.2 volts, resulting in both poor waste discharge and poor nutritional absorption. Buildup of positive ions from poor diets, stress and toxic environment will lower a cell's voltage. The body absorbs the negative oxygen ions generated from the footbath negating the positive ions (free radicals). The cells are stimulated & energized by the highly charged ions releasing cellular waste & strengthening the cells. The body then begins to function at its normal energy levels. The Optimum Focus detox footbath uses a similar process that is medically approved called Peritoneal Dialysis which uses osmosis to move cellular waste from the body.
Osmosis is where fluids pass thru a semi-permeable membrane where a solution is less dense and moves to a denser solution. With the human body, this body fluid transfer moves toxins from the body into the denser solution (the molecule size must be smaller than the pores of the membrane to pass thru). Protein and other types of molecules that are too large to pass through the membranes pores will not be removed. During the 35-minute detox footbath treatment, the human body only releases what is small enough and ready to be released, and then the rest goes out thru the body's natural elimination system. Each footbath treatment can affect the body in different ways as it moves towards a healthy balance. Each person is unique and will react differently to others. Once the body's energy field is stimulated, the cells release their toxins into the lymphatic system and any cellular waste that is not pulled out during the 35-minute process, will continue to move out thru the lymphatic system. Examples of potential reactions are stronger urine smell or color, and/or increased bowel movement which can last from 3 to 5 days after having one treatment.
Himalayan Salt, 1/2 a teaspoon, is added to the footbath water to act as the electrolyte for the Optimizer water array (electrode) and to create the denser saline solution needed for the osmosis process. The Himalayan Crystal Salt has a balanced crystalline structure, which is easier for the body to metabolize and the 84 trace minerals provide the electrolytes needed for the current to move thru the water. When the Himalayan Salt is added to the footbath water, the Na (sodium) & the Cl (chloride) immediately break up to form negative ions & positive ions. The Optimizer water array is designed to maximize the production of negative ions. The negatively charged ions will be bound with a positive or a less negatively charged element. The Optimizer array creates 2 streams, one is hydrogen and the other oxygen, in the water. This and the added salt makes the footbath water denser accelerating the osmosis process.
One main attribute of these detoxes is to make the body’s pH more “alkaline,” but what exactly is the importance of being alkaline? An alkaline body is crucial to a person’s health. Diseases thrive in an acidic environment. So basically, the less acidic your body is and the more alkaline, the less prone you are to contracting a disease, such as osteoporosis or cancer. The Center for Disease Control reports that up to 85% of all illness are caused by toxins and pollutants in our bodies. The human body functions best when the ions are balanced at 80% negative and 20% positive. What we put into our body, such as the foods we consume, have either acidic or alkalizing properties. The more of the higher alkaline foods you can incorporate into your diet the better. An ionic detox, helps to facilitate the alkalization process through the process of ionization, which removes “free radicals” from the body.
Is the OPTIUM Foot Detox good for anybody?
YES! Most people can benefit from an ionic detox. It’s a great therapy regimen for Athletes, those starting a new nutrition regimen, also those wanting to cleanse on a cellular level. It is especially good for those suffering from gastrointestinal disorders, joint/arthritic pain, skin conditions, fungal or yeast infections, and cancer.
The ionic detox is contraindicated for those who have a pacemaker and open sores or lesions on his/her feet. People with Diabetes Type I should use this therapy with precaution.
The benefit of this form of detox is that it is, “gentle and safe, and not compromising because it bypasses the gastro-intestinal system.
When in doubt, always consult a physician prior to any alternative therapies.
Have you heard about these salt lamps?? Are you wondering what they are??
These are just a few benefits of them!! I have some exciting things in the works with a wonderful Fair Trade company, who produces top quality Himalayan Salt therapeutic products!! I will soon be able to offer the goodness of this amazing salt to all of you! Stay Tuned!!
This is what my cleaning "go to" supply looks like today. No bleach, no Lysol or Clorox cleaners. No Windex , or harsh shower cleaners either. The all purpose cleaner I make, it good/safe to clean windows, mirrors, bathroom showers, sinks, toilets. Kitchen sinks, and countertops (not granite). The granite cleaner that I made works beautify, it doesn't strip the sealer, and leaves a wonderful shine behind, no residue. Last but not least the "Lysol" spray I make is an amazing disinfectant. You would use this in place of where you would traditionally use Clorox or Lysol sprays, as a disinfectant.
Ingredients used for these, most of you probably already have most of them in your house right now...
These have no harmful chemicals, only natural ways to clean and disinfect your home. The change is a simple one to make, and you really wont believe the amount of money you save by not having to purchase multiple cleaning items to clean all the diverse places in and around your home!!
If you want to learn more about how to get your space clean without all those harmful chemicals.. you can contact me below! I will be happy to help!
Janice Robinson, CCHC