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Walking Barefoot Can Improve Your Health And There Is Science To Back It Up

By Mayukh Saha

“Earthing,” also known as walking barefoot, 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.

Let us look a little deeper into the benefits, but first let’s examine 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 fewer 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.

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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.

Source: Truth Theory

Hey! I am Mayukh. I help people and websites with content, videos, design, and social media management. I am an avid traveler and I started living as a digital nomad in Europe since 2019. I am currently working on www.noetbook.com – a creative media company. You can reach out to me anytime: justmayukh@gmail.com Love, Mayukh Read More stories by Mayukh Saha

Grounding Techniques to Reduce Anxiety

Staff Writer, Exploring your Mind
31 august, 2020

Grounding techniques are very simple relaxation exercises. They’re especially good if you’re dealing with a lot of stress or anxiety. As the name suggests, the exercise involves connecting with the Earth in a literal and figurative way.

This method helps reduce tension, but it can also be appropriate during times when you’re experiencing confusion, fear, or sadness and there’s no obvious event, such as danger or loss, to explain the emotions.

A study conducted by researchers at the University of California supports the benefits of grounding. From a physical perspective, earthing reduces inflammation, boosts the immune system, and improves a sense of vitality and wellness. Sounds pretty great, right? Without further ado, let’s see what it’s all about.

“There’s a center of quietness within, which has to be known and held. If you lose that center, you are in tension and begin to fall apart. The Center doesn’t have a location, yet, there are physical regions associated it.”

-Joseph Campbell-

A woman practicing one of many grounding techniques.

The classic grounding exercise

It’s important to mention that there are different versions of grounding, but the “original” involves a direct encounter with nature. If you feel more at peace when you’re walking along the beach or through the forest, you’re spontaneously earthing. Earthing, or grounding, isn’t a mysterious ritual with complicated rules. It’s all about immersing yourself in natural surroundings.

To do this simple exercise, start by taking off your socks and shoes. Then, walk somewhere that has grass, sand, or rocks. It’s obviously important to make sure you’re not walking somewhere where you could hurt your feet.

All you have to do is walk without stopping for ten minutes. Focus on the sensations you’re experiencing in the soles of your feet. Try to breathe slowly. Ideally, do this exercise outdoors, as that provides the most benefits.

What are the benefits of this simple practice? According to studies on the subject, the direct contact of your skin on the earth is relaxing. In addition, walking along an uneven surface is a kind of natural massage. Proponents believe that this exercise helps you return to your center.

Alternative grounding techniques

As we mentioned above, there’s more than one version of this exercise. Another popular one is sort of the “mindfulness version”. It also involves being barefoot, but here you start by sitting in a chair somewhere where you can have your feet firmly planted on the ground. Start to breathe normally. Little by little, deepen your inhalation and exhalation.

After a few minutes in this position, when you feel your breathing is deep and even, focus all your attention on the soles of your feet. Try to notice all of the sensations: the texture of the floor, the temperature of your feet, etc.

Three minutes of being mindful of your feet and your breathing is enough. Bringing all of that focus and concentration to your feet plants you firmly in the here and now. It’s as if you inserted a parenthesis in your anxiety and gave yourself the opportunity to take a break for a moment. This practice may be short, but you’ll feel much better afterward.

A person with their feet on a wooden floor.

A third variation

There’s another version of grounding that also involves mindfulness. Many people call it the 5-4-3-2-1 grounding technique. It’s a simple exercise that’s perfect for when you feel overwhelmed or out of control.

Start by taking a few deep breaths. Then, name five things you can see around you. It could be anything, there are no wrong answers. Next, close your eyes and acknowledge four things you can touch around you. Then, acknowledge three things you can hear, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste. Take your time with each one. That’s it!

This mini-therapy session is perfect to bring you back down to Earth and the present moment. Anxiety happens when your mind projects into a future that it perceives to be threatening. This practice, and others like it, bring you back to the moment and dispel uneasiness and a racing mind.

As you can see, all three grounding techniques are very simple. Consequently, you can do them anywhere, whenever you need to relax. None of them take very long, but they can make a world of difference in your mood. Try one today!