The concept of ‘earthing’ has soared in interest since research suggested connecting to the earth’s natural energy is fundamental for vibrant health.
In its simplest sense, when the body is in direct contact with the ground, the flow of energy from the earth (free electrons) neutralises the impact of free radicals in our body.
Research has shown “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 same research indicates 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.”
Aside from the scientific evidence, the power of earthing can be heightened through conscious awareness – being fully present in the moment and taking note of your whole body’s response, not just your feet.
For example, next time you find yourself on the beach, barefoot, take a moment to not only feel the temperature and texture of the sand between your toes, but also the warmth of the sun and fresh salt air contacting your skin. Listen to the sound of the crashing waves. Smell the ocean wind as it ripples past you.
Looking beyond energies, electrons and radicals, there are many other benefits walking barefoot can provide, including:
• Better balance
• Body awareness and sensitivity
• Better foot mechanics
• Strengthening and supporting the natural range of motion in your foot and ankle joints
• Strengthening your foot, ankle and leg muscles – which have to work harder when there you are not wearing shoes.
So next time you find yourself outside, in nature, try taking a few moments to explore the word barefoot and take note of any changes that come about.