Bare Your Feet To Boost Your Health
Kick off your shoes, walk outside and savor the feeling of the soft green grass on your bare feet. This simple, sensual delight not only soothes the soul, but studies show that it can provide significant benefits to your overall health.
A direct connection to the Earth's surface, like walking barefoot in the grass, plays a vital role in disease prevention and also increases blood flow, reduces inflammation, provides pain relief and improves sleep quality. Researchers call this concept "grounding" and the theory is that since the Earth has a greater negative charge than your body, bare skin on the ground allows you to absorb electrons, which balance the positive electrons in our body. This puts the body "in sync" and better able to function at its fullest potential. A recent article in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine called electron absorption "one of the most potent antioxidants" available.
From the beginning of time, humans walked barefoot and slept on the ground, allowing them to absorb the Earth's abundant healing energy. Modern lifestyles tend to separate us from Mother Earth. We rarely go barefoot outside and most of wear insulating shoes with soles of plastic or rubber instead of conductive leather footwear. Sleeping on the ground is another way to absorb the earth's electrons but most of us never do that.
Holistic practitioners report that if you let your bare feet come into contact with the ground (on the grass in your backyard, in sand at the beach or even in a mud puddle) for at least 15 minutes a day, your overall health will benefit. It's also good for your soul because it gives you some time in the fresh air and sunshine. Some physicians prescribe "barefoot sessions" as the weather permits.
When the weather is inclement or if you are in a situation where it is not safe to go barefoot, you still have options. "Earthing pads," which are available online and at natural health stores, allow you to get the benefits of the Earth's electrons even if you are indoors. They involve the use of extension cords that bring the Earth's energy into your office or home. Some people use sheets that involve this same technology and report significantly improved sleep quality.
If you are looking for a natural, effective way to boost your immune system and revive your energy, considering taking a few minutes each day to put your toes in touch with Mother Earth. The fact of the matter is that we belong to nature and part of that connection is feeling the earth under our feet.