“Earthing” also known as walking barefoot, to the laymen, has transformed from a playful trend to a scientific practice with a plethora of health advantages. It was seen to increase antioxidants in the body, improving sleep and reducing inflammation.
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Let us look a little deeper into the benefits, but first know what is the theory behind walking barefoot.
Walking Barefoot: An Introduction
Walking Barefoot or earthing, is just walking on grass, sand, or soil barefoot. You need to get off the sidewalk and place your feet on a natural surface.
Studies show that the benefits came from the somatic relationship with the electrons in the Earth.
Our planet has its own charge and we do better when we are in direct contact with this charge.
Now, let us look at its benefits.
The Benefits Of Walking Barefoot
A paper published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health highlighted how absorbing electrons from the planet can improve one’s health.
In another, patients suffering from chronic pain used grounded carbon fiber mattresses and were observed to have better sleep and lesser pains.
Another study discovered that walking barefoot altered the electrical activity of the brain, as measured by EEG. Other benefits that were observed included skin conductivity, moderated heart rate variability, improved glucose regulation, reduced stress, and supported immune function.
We have presented some potential benefits in detail:
1: Better Sleep
As per this study, if you are suffering from insomnia then try walking in the park instead of taking pills. You can also present it and improve your sleep cycle, by walking barefoot on grass for approximately 30 minutes, every morning.
2: Can Reduce Inflammation
Earthing can improve the functioning of your organs. This can be multi-fold. One can be due to reflexology, the next can be that you’re getting Vitamin D from sunlight (anti-inflammatory property), and lastly, due to the electrons of the magnetic field of the Earth.
3: Can Regulate Your Heart’s Health
Walking barefoot on grass can also help you synchronize your heartbeat. This has several benefits that range from regulating your body’s temperature to hormone secretion.
4: Surface Charge Of RBCs
A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine stated that walking barefoot increases the surface charge of red blood cells. These cells then avoid clumping which then decreases blood viscosity. [High viscosity is a significant factor in heart disease.]
Walking should ultimately become just more than an exercise. It should become a form of relieving stress, healing, and replacing the worn-out parts with well-being, on a mental and physical level.
This is actually a win-win situation for everyone. Once you start walking, you will be exercising your heart and muscles, improving your mental health, reducing stress, and eventually improving your overall wellness. You can easily multiply these benefits of walking by taking off your shoes and connecting with the Earth’s natural electric charge.
It is of utmost importance that you need to be aware of your surroundings. Make sure that it is safe for you to walk barefoot.
You can also consult your primary doctor if you are wondering if walking barefoot will be the right move for you.
In a nutshell, it is best for you to just kick off your shoes for a short period of time.
This makes great sense on an evolutionary level too. We have evolved close to this planet and it is recent that we have been keen to remove ourselves from nature. This is perhaps the best time to take a step back and synchronize with the planet.