The Health Benefits of Being Barefoot Outdoors

My children and now my twin nieces (pictured) love being barefoot too!

I absolutely love being barefoot outdoors every chance I get… I love the way the grass, the dirt, the ground and all the different textures feel on my feet. It’s like a reflexology & massage session for my feet. Walking outdoors, especially barefoot, also helps me get better connected to the Creator of nature… there’s just something about having to be more focused on my surroundings when I’m barefoot, that allows me to really take in all of nature’s beauty and the wonder of God’s creation.

Our modern fast paced lifestyles, being in cars or indoors most of the day, and in shoes when we are outdoors, have really limited our direct contact with the Earth’s surface, and this might be one of the reasons many people suffer from fatigue, poor sleep and chronic inflammation.

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In our bodies, there are a certain number of ‘free radicals’ which are the leftover particles associated with inflammation. These particles create lots of stress and disharmony within our body when there are too many of them, and if untreated usually leads to chronic problems and disease. These free radicals have a positive electrical charge.

The Earth meanwhile, has a NEGATIVE charge.

So, this means when you come into contact with the Earth with your bare feet, you’re basically discharging yourself (the positively charged damage causing free radicals)… allowing all the excess energy to go into the ground (“Grounding”).

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Growing research proves that reconnecting with the Earth’s energy provides a way back to better health and grounding (also known as “earthing”) appears to provide some general health benefits, such as better sleep, less pain, reduced stress and tension, and better immune function compared to study participants who weren’t grounded.

According to this article and this study, earthing eliminates the potentially harmful effects of the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) given off by all the electronic devices that surround us.

Emerging evidence shows that contact with the Earth—whether being outside barefoot or indoors connected to grounded conductive systems—may be a simple, natural, and yet profoundly effective environmental strategy against chronic stress, ANS dysfunction, inflammation, pain, poor sleep, disturbed HRV, hypercoagulable blood, and many common health disorders, including cardiovascular disease. The research done to date supports the concept that grounding or earthing the human body may be an essential element in the health equation along with sunshine, clean air and water, nutritious food, and physical activity. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3265077/

 

You see, it used to happen naturally:

‘Throughout history, humans have spent time outdoors much more than we do in modern time and have been in direct contact with the soil. From walking on the ground barefoot, to gardening or tilling the soil, humans have always touched the earth… until recently.

Now, we live in houses, wear rubber shoes, are exposed to EMFs daily and don’t often come into direct contact with the ground.

Have you ever noticed that you sleep better on a beach vacation after walking in the sand or being in the ocean? The sand and ocean water and both naturally conductive materials and both help ground the body and remove excess positive electrons. For the same basic reason that we ground electrical outlets to avoid the build up of excess positive charge, our bodies need the same ground effect‘.

Have you touched the Earth today?

Do this for about 30-60 minutes a day and you will start to notice an improvement in your energy and overall well being…You’ll feel less lethargic, have a much lower level of inflammation and you’ll even sleep better!!

And more skin exposure outside in the sunshine = more disease fighting Vitamin D!!

I think God knew what He was doing when he designed the Earth, nature and all of creation. We were designed for vibrant health!!

Have you experienced any Health Benefits of Being Barefoot Outdoors?

 

My advice is based upon my own experience and the research articles I have read, but is no substitute for the advice you should obtain from your health care professional. This website is for information only and not intended to diagnose, treat or cure.
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