According to ancient Chinese medicine, the nervous system is complemented by a system of meridians, which are pathways that lead to each organ in the body.
The bottoms of your feet are direct access points for many of these meridians, allowing for great detoxing action through the bottoms of your feet.
There are around 7,000 meridians that lead to the bottoms of your feet, and each links to different places in the body. It’s important to keep these meridians healthy, through massage and walking barefoot in nature, but another thing you can do is sleep with a slice of onion in your sock.
I know, it sounds a little bit weird, but onions have been regarded as excellent detoxing and anti-microbial medicinal tools. When applied to the bottoms of your feet, several things happen.
1. Your sinuses clear.
Air pollution, cigarette smoke, allergens, and indoor pollution wreaks havoc on our sinuses. Over time, they become inflamed, leading to chronic stuffiness.
You can’t expect an overnight fix to the problem, but detoxing with an onion in your sock begins the process of removing sinus toxins built up over time.
2. Your lungs recover.
This one goes double for people who smoked at any time in their lives. If you’ve recently quit smoking, your body is working double, if not triple, time to get all that tar and gunk out of your systems.
Helping your body drain toxins through your meridians helps recover your lungs. This works for people who live in big, smoggy cities too.
3. Your gut becomes healthier.
Your digestive system, particularly your intestines, work hard processing all the junk we put into our bodies. Because we eat such poorly balanced diets, our intestinal flora is off and our intestines are loaded with toxins.
This leads to a reduced immune system and an increased likeliness of becoming ill. Fortunately, meridians lead from your GI tract to your feet, allowing the onion to help draw out those toxins.
4. Your mind is sharper.
As the toxins seep out of your body, your blood becomes cleaner and brings oxygen more readily to the cells throughout your body, including your brain. This leaves you feeling sharper than before.
5. You lose weight.
Your thyroid is responsible for releasing a number of hormones, and many relate directly to how many calories your body burns at rest. When your thyroid is fully detoxed, it works at its best.
Of course, if you think your thyroid is over or under performing, visit a doctor! You could have iodine deficiency or something worse.
6. Your kidneys and liver work better.
Your kidneys and liver are kind of the garbage disposal of the body, filtering out nasty stuff that we put into it. With this detoxing action going on, your vital filtering organs don’t have to work so hard.