The Art of Grounding: Have you ever walked barefoot? Then you have surely felt a direct connection with the earth below your feet.
“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.” – Leonardo da Vinci
All of us walk barefoot almost every day in our own homes. Although we enjoyed walking barefoot on the grass as kids, as adults we can’t even think about going outside without our shoes.
But did you know going for a walk without your shoes can have surprising benefits? Also known as ‘grounding’ or ‘earthing’, the natural act of barefoot walking has numerous physical and mental health benefits that are widely sidelined by our society and the fashion industry.
The fact remains that only 20% of the global population wears shoes currently. In the western world, shoes are an important part of our culture and our lives. But when you take your shoes off and go outside barefoot for a stroll in the park or the beach, you feel a connection with nature that we always long for. Modern lifestyle has damaged our connection with the Earth’s energy leading to stress, anxiety, and illness.
Walking barefoot in dirt, grass, sand or even concrete is the remedy we need to reconnect with Mother Earth.
Why you should walk barefoot
“Feeling rooted in the earth is soothing to the body, and it is our connection to the earth that gives us our most basic sense of belonging, home, resilience, and safety.” – Jessica Moore
Grounding for only an hour every day can have a significant positive impact on your mind, body, and soul.
When you walk on the ground barefoot and your feet touches the soil directly, your body absorbs negative electrons from the earth.
The negative ions help to balance the positive ions in our body and improve our health. It stabilizes our cortisol circadian rhythm to balance our internal bioelectrical environment. Moreover, as the pressure points in the feet are activated by walking barefoot, we feel a lot more energized. Studies have found that earthing positively alters the electrical activity in our brain which is gauged by electroencephalograms.
Research has also discovered that walking without shoes helps to boost immunity, glucose regulation, improve skin conductivity, reduce stress & anxiety and checked heart rate variability.
According to a study released in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2013, earthing also helps to improve the surface charge of red blood cells. This helps to lower blood cell clumping and decrease blood viscosity, reducing the chances of cardiovascular disease. The study also discovered that walking barefoot can regulate both nervous systems and the endocrine.
Countering dirty electricity
“We are a child of nature so we must connect with nature in order to blossom into full manifestation.” – Wald Wassermann
Today we live in a world corrupted by electromagnetic waves that radiate from our beloved smartphone phone signals, WiFi, etc. This phenomenon is known as electromagnetic pollution or dirty electricity. The good news is the earth pregnant with electrons which can minimize the effects of electromagnetic pollution. Grounding helps to neutralize the after-effects of exposure to disruptive fields like dirty electricity. When we walk barefoot, we can charge and vibrate the currents inside us and create a healthy balance within. As a result, it helps to enhance our moods and increase our energy allowing us to think clearly and live healthier.
Health benefits of grounding: ‘the art of walking barefoot’
“The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.” – Gautama Buddha
Earthing or grounding in nature enables you to create direct contact with the earth which can have some significant therapeutic effects on your mind and body.
Here are 7 common health benefits of grounding: walking barefoot in your natural surroundings:
1. Reduces inflammation
Damage to the cells in our body can cause inflammation which can lead to heart issues, aging, cancer, etc. Studies have found that electrons present in the earth have antioxidant effects that can heal our body from inflammation and related health issues. Connecting our body with the earth helps us to soak up the electrons present reducing inflammation, premature aging & chronic disease.