You may have seen other blog posts (especially on Pinterest) raving about wrapping your feet in aluminum foil as a home remedy to treat colds, pain, fatigue, inflammation, or some miracle detox treatment.  I’m here to warn you that these are very misleading statements and can actually lead to a more serious health risk if you continue to wrap your feet with aluminum foil.

Here’s why you should NEVER wrap your feet with aluminum foil

  • Aluminum foil is a heavy metal that the body never needs (Not essential to life)
  • Aluminum foil breaks down into aluminum salts when it comes into contact with salt (salt from your sweaty feet)
  • Aluminum salts can be absorbed by your skin
  • Aluminum toxicity stored in the body increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Aluminum acts as a neurotoxin inhibiting more than 200 metabolic processes inside the body

When you wrap your feet in anything, even aluminum foil, your feet naturally begin to sweat.  Your sweat contains salts that react with aluminum foil causing the aluminum to leach out of the foil and right into the pores of your skin.  (wrapping salty food in aluminum foil has the same effect causing you to ingest aluminum)

Absorbing aluminum is the worst effect from wrapping your feet in aluminum foil as studies suggest a possible link between aluminum toxicity and Alzheimer’s disease.

There is also a suggested link between the APOE gene (cholesterol gene) and a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s.  If you have a high cholesterol gene, you may also be at risk for Alzheimer’s.  Already being at risk, wrapping your feet in aluminum foil increases your risk of Alzheimer’s even more.

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How could aluminum foil relieve pain and inflammation

The temporary relief you may have experienced when wrapping your feet in aluminum foil could be from its neurotoxic effects.  A neurotoxin can break the synapse between nerves making you feel less pain.  It’s also damaging to the nerves.

If you have inflamed muscles pinching nerves which could cause chronic pain, I have a very good natural recommendation described in this article if you’re still searching for a natural remedy, but maybe now not using aluminum foil.

Another possible option to combat inflammation is pure hemp oil with a cost closer to the cost of aluminum foil. Here is the most popular Hemp Oil brand for those living in the UK and here is the most popular hemp oil brand for those living in the US. These brands are found on Amazon making them much more accessible right now.

What to do if you have been wrapping your feet in aluminum foil

STOP doing it.  The long-term health effects from wrapping your feet in aluminum foil are far worse than any short-term nerve-damaging pain relief.

Using aluminum foil as a natural cold remedy is just not possible to consider.  Consider these natural cold remedies instead.

Consider testing how much aluminum your body has absorbed then talk to your doctor about the results.  There are also ways to naturally detox your body of heavy metals.

RELATED: 5 Deadly Heavy Metals: Find Out your contamination levels with THIS essential lab test


Do not attempt to wrap your feet in aluminum foil or stop doing it immediately.

There are other natural remedies with less risk to try for common ailments.

Get tested for aluminum toxicity in your blood immediately if you have been exposing your feet to aluminum foil.

Reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s by reducing aluminum exposure.

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