Earthing: It Can Do Wonders For Your Health

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Have you ever been barefoot at a park or on the beach, and just felt right? Just felt at home, connected in some form or fashion with the natural world? It’s a feeling that is so innately human, yet is forgotten so quickly upon returning the doldrums and monotony of the shoe-wearing concrete ridden western world. Have you ever wondered where this connection, this oneness, is coming from? You aren’t just some loony hippie spouting sounds about being one with mother earth (okay, maybe you are), there is actual evidence for this phenomenon! I found an article on the benefits of going barefoot, and after you hear some of this information you are going to find every excuse in the world to leave your shoes at home! As we all know, in the West it is a seemingly vital part of life to wear shoes to be respected and successful, however did you know that only 20% of the world’s population wears shoes? It’s true. It may be winter now, but spring is just around the corner, and some of these benefits will surprise you!

barefield1. Clear Your Mind

 It’s hard not to pay attention to every step when you’re walking barefoot. You have to be on the look out for sharp rocks and thorns. Awareness of what’s in front of you in this moment quiets your inner chatter and clears your mind and helps you focus on the here and now. As we all have been hearing a lot lately I’m sure, being we are in the midst of an awakening, living in the moment is a key component to happiness and health for the mind, body and spirit! If you haven’t heard this, but would like to know more, just contact me and we can talk!

2. It’s Free Foot Yoga

Walking barefoot strengthens and stretches the muscles, tendons and ligaments in your feet, ankles and calves. This helps prevent injury, knee strain and back problems. Not only that, but because it works muscles not used when you’re wearing shoes, it strengthens and stretches your core, helping keep your posture upright, and your balance spot on.

3. It’s a Free Reflexology Session.

There are reflex points to every part of your body in your feet. Every little bump and rock in the road helps to stimulate all these little reflex points. If it hurts at first – especially in specific areas, this means your feet need the stimulation they’re getting by being barefoot. Over time, these sensitivities will go away, and the areas the tenderness corresponds to will be rejuvenated, helping decrease the symptoms of whatever it is that ails you.

4. Decrease Anxiety & Depression.

Walking barefoot in the grass can help decrease anxiety and depression by 62 percent, and increases the levels of those feel good endorphins. Awesome!

5. Get a Good Night’s Sleep.

The ancients believed that walking barefoot in the grass was the best cure for insomnia, and many people still swear by it today.

6. It’s Grounding. Literally.

The human body is made up of about 60% water, meaning we are excellent conductors for electricity. The earth naturally has a negative ionic charge. Negative Ions have been proven to detoxify, calm, reduce inflammation, synchronize your internal clocks, hormonal cycles and physiological rhythms. Additionally, negative ions neutralize pollutants! Going barefoot on our wonderful planet earth grounds our bodies to that charge. The best places to get some negative ions through your feet are by the water. This means that the ideal location to be barefoot and receive maximum benefits would be the beach! However, you can still reap the benefits from just walking on the grass in your backyard, so don’t fret if you do not live near a beach!

7. Get Back to What Matters.

To be barefoot outside doesn’t just involve your feet – the rest of you has to be outside too. You get to connect with Mother Nature all around. Feel the sunshine on your face; hear the wind in the trees. It’s easier to connect to a higher power when you’re in touch with Nature; it’s easier to put things into perspective.

How To

Earthing can be done by simply walking barefoot and/or sitting outside on the lawn, dirt, or sand. Earthing should be done for at least 60 minutes every day for optimal benefits. Of course, you can do this as much as you like and even little bits is helpful if you aren’t able to do for 60 minutes.

A few more thoughts on the reasons why we need to walk barefoot and tap into the primal energy of the Earth

  • Inflammation has been linked to nearly every degenerative disease you can think of — cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, glaucoma, autoimmune disorders, cancer and many more. Earthing reduces chronic inflammation and related chronic pain.
  • Earthing neutralizes the free radicals in our bodies, significantly reducing oxidative stress and readily recovers us from injuries, trauma and exhaustion.
  • Earthing recommended for anyone with an auto-immune condition
  • Grounding affects your DNA immediately
  • When you ground to the electron-enriched earth, an improved balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system occurs.
  • Enhances circulation, leading to more energy
  • The Earth is the natural antidote for electron deficiency to achieve a healthy balance.
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduces hormonal and menstrual symptoms

Who knew something as simple as a barefoot walk could be so good for you – mind, body and soul.

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  1. Thanks for the article, I’ve always loved going barefoot, now I know some of the reasons why…

  2. very well said. and I always thought as the same way but sadly, there’s no space to walk barefoot around here. I am not sure about other parts of the world but here in Istanbul, Turkey if you want to step on the soil, grass you should definitely get out of the city.. nowadays, the simple stuff is hard to achieve. ironic and sad.. I remember how I feel complete and happy when I am in the sea, looking at the mountains around me and how I feel free.. we are actually on vacation, away from our true lifestyles. city is the getaway from our real home; nature.

  3. Your Mother

    Hah.. I’ve been telling people for years that it’s good for you to walk barefoot.. Never knew any specific benefits to it, it always just made me feel better to take a walk barefoot.. Thanks for this :)

  4. Erma H. Gerd

    I’m already doing that whenever it’s warm enough. (Usually May–September [inclusive].)

    If only I wouldn’t get so horny from it…
    I’m kidding, that’s half the reason I’m doing it! 😀

  5. Dahvi

    My friend Kenny goes barefoot all winter,Works in an auto shop.

  6. claudio

    Yep!! When you walk barefoot is like holding your mother’s hand!

  7. Don’t mean to just “push my stuff” here, but have you read my book? You might enjoy it. The Barefoot Book: 50 Great Reasons to Kick Off Your Shoes (Hunter House).

  8. Amanda

    I have been going barefoot all of my life (well so long as I do not have to sacrifice the warmth my feet have a hard time retaining) and truly enjoy it on many levels. It is good to know that there are reasons why I enjoy it so much and maybe subconscious reasons why I have been doing it and preaching for others to do it for so long. Thanks!! Now I have some ammo when I argue (not really) with my husband as to WHY my kids don’t have to put their shoes on. :)

  9. fayaz

    Just like the Flintstones all I need now is a dinosaur I can ride down the back of and I am set.

  10. Since I got rid of my running shoes 9 months ago and started running bare foot most days I know longer have problems with my back or legs. I use to get shin splints all the time.Now my shins are bullet proof. Running bare foot stops you heal striking and sharpens your awareness of how you are moving and stepping. It took me about 6 months for my feet to harden up and handle the sharp stones and road but now I can run on anything. My favorite running places are in the forest and on the beach at low tide when the sand is hard and wet. I love it!

  11. steve

    ive read that walking in dirt 45 minutes a day removes harmful toxins. the aboriginals also bury themselves in dirt. so many natural remedies coming to light. healthy times are ahead!

  12. terry mc falls

    they come off the second I come home and stay off no matter what I am doing,I take my dog out every night a few times,no matter what,rain,snow,ice i walk outside,for at least five minutes ,it’s an awakening for your body.I have hiked the same way..

  13. Roberta Carichner

    Alas, there are exceptions. My left leg is shorter than my right, and I have a severe scoliosis. Wearing shoes with a lift in my left shoe enables me to be virtually free of pain. I miss the carefree, barefoot summer days of my youth, but I don’t miss the back pains I experienced before I started wearing lifts.

  14. justin Phillips

    I grew up hating shoes. As I got older and have to wear them for work etc I developed plantar fasciitis. Very painful issue. I work 12 hr shift on concrete in a foundry. About 5 years ago I started going barefoot at least once a day when I walk my dog. We walk at least a mile twice a day. Once my feet toughened up it is amazing. No more plantar fasciitis. Better leg circulation and ankle dexterity. It feels amazing. Its like a foot massage every day.

  15. I can’t believe you haven’t heard of, check it out, that negative earth charge is the shuman

  16. Ole Pettersen

    Barefoot is great, even in the upstate NY winter. I snow-blow and chop wood barefoot, and only have a pair of sandals in the car for closed-mind businesses. However, in the winter I have a pair of winter-boots in the car just as a back-up. I do well up to 45 minutes in sub-zero weather, but longer than that I am not chancing. Enjoy barefoot living around the year, and around the globe. Oh, I nearly forgot. The sandals are a rescue on hot summer black-top as well.

  17. Stephen Heatley

    I regularly walk 12 klms near where I live, but wear boots as the ground is rough with sharp rocks and sticks, also thorns from wattles…..but the strength I have developed in my knees and feet let me work better at manual things like gardening, and, also helps with long car drives, as well as better mental health and stamina.


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