Benefits of Being Barefoot
Grounding, also called Earthing, is a therapeutic technique most closely aligned with the modality of Ecotherapy. Grounding seeks to harness, and reconnect to the earth’s natural healing properties through the simple practice of walking barefoot outside.
The rise and normality of non-conductive shoes (think: rubber soles) has created a barrier between our skin and the electrical charge of the earth. Compounding this with the fact that we are frequently walking on minimally conductive or nonconductive materials (i.e. concrete, hardwood floors, etc.), it is quite clear how little the average person is actually grounding in their day to day lives.
The guiding principle behind grounding is that walking barefoot on the earth exposes our bodies to an abundance of negatively charged ions, which comes with a host of benefits. These benefits are not solely based on an intuitive assumption, but rather, a growing body of scientific literature that points to an array of physiological and psychological benefits. Just as vitamin D in our body is produced by the energy and frequencies generated by the sun, the earth provides its own stream of beneficial frequencies that benefit our body. We’ve broken down the benefits for you below.
Neutralize Free Radicals
Free radicals are electrically charged molecules that our body releases to destroy harmful pathogens and bacteria. We are exposed to free radical-generating substances throughout our day-to-day lives from processed foods, alcohol consumption, environmental pollutants, and pesticides. Naturally, free radicals seek out other electrons to neutralize themselves. This unfortunately, often involves stealing an electron from a healthy cell, which creates inflammation within the body.
Grounding supplies the body with an abundance of electrons, which reduces free radicals within the body and subsequently, the body’s inflammation levels. Studies have found that long term grounding helps to prevent inflammation-related disorders and restore the body to homeostasis.
Enhance Sleep Quality
The connection between inflammation and sleep quality is strong, and inflammation is highly circadian rhythmic. In layman terms, this means that inflammation is strongest at night time. Elevated inflammation levels have the ability to impact your quality of sleep. Long term grounding has been shown to considerably enhance sleep quality through its inflammation reducing effects.