Earthing: The Benefits of Going Barefoot
Do you remember when you were a child and would run around bare foot everywhere? Remember how much energy you always had and how good you always felt? Yes, you were younger then, but would you ever think that having direct contact with the Earth like that would have such a huge positive effect on your health and energy levels? Well… As crazy as it may seem, medical and scientific research are actually beginning to back up the fact that earthing or grounding is extremely beneficial for your health!
So, is earthing just walking around bare foot? For the most part, yes. Dr. Mercola, defines Earthing as “placing one's bare feet on the ground whether it be dirt, grass, sand or concrete (especially when humid or wet).” It’s pretty straightforward and best yet, you can do it whenever you feel like and it’s free! Now, you may be wondering how does it exactly work or more importantly, why does it work?
It all has to do with electrical energy, yours and the Earth’s. Our bodies and cells produce electrical energy and so does the Earth. The natural electromagnetic fields that permeate from the Earth due to its molten core, solar radiation and lightening make it basically a ginormous battery. These natural electrons and subtle electrical fields created by the Earth have a profound effect on helping a number of your body's systems properly function.
Wellness Mama explains it perfectly, “Positive electrons in the form of free radicals can build up in our bodies and direct contact with the ground balances this out as it is a negative grounding charge. Our bodies and cells have electrical energy, and especially with the high prevalence of Electromagnetic waves, Wi-Fi and mobile phone waves, many of us have a high number of positive electrons built up in our bodies. When in direct contact with the Earth, your body becomes suffused with negative charged free electrons and equalizes to the same electric energy level as the earth.”
Now, that you understand how and why it works, let’s look at what it actually does for your body. Wellness Mama, provides an excellent list into the shockingly high number of positive benefits of Earthing:
- Raises energy levels
- Improves sleep
- Promotes calmness by reducing stress hormones.
- Improves blood pressure and blood flow
- Normalizes biological rhythms including circadian rhythm
- Helps support adrenal health
- Protects the body from EMFs
- Lowers inflammation by defusing excess positive electrons
- Decreases chronic pain
- Decreases stress
- Relieves muscle tension and headache
- Decreases menstrual and female hormone symptoms
- Decreases jet lag
- Shortens recovery time from injury or athletic activity
- Reduces or eliminates snoring
You know, our ancestors, never had some of the health problems we see today because being outside, without a pair of rubber-soled shoes between them and the ground, stopping the flow of Earth’s natural energy, was a part of life. It’s reported by Dr. Mercola that “when you provide your body a constant source of free electrons, through diet or grounding you help to radically reduce inflammation which is widely acknowledged as one of the primary factors contributing to premature aging and chronic disease.” In a world where we spend most of our time now indoors and surround by technologies that emit EMFs or radiation, it’s of the utmost importance to go outside, get bare foot and connect back to the healing power of nature. For instance, just think about how amazing you feel when you're on vacation at the beach. Yes, you're away from your work responsibilities but also you're walking around barefoot most of the time in the sand.
Intrigued, but don’t know where to start? Go barefoot while you garden, go barefoot when you walk your dog in the park, go barefoot when you play with your kids in the yard or any other ways you can think of to shed your shoes. Who cares if other people think you look silly walking around like Mowgli from the Jungle Book. It won’t seem so silly when your reducing your risk for chronic disease, always full of energy and looking younger than ever!