5 Surprising Benefits of Walking Barefoot on Grass

5 Surprising Benefits of Walking Barefoot on Grass

A few months back I was talking to Little Socrates (aka my dad) about feeling a bit more anxious than usual, cloudy in thought and having lousy concentration.

With his cute accent, he told me, “Vanessa you live in a society and era that’s constantly surrounded by technology and artificial surfaces. You even exercise indoors most of the time. You need to walk on grass daily … barefoot.”

This conversation with my father had obviously not only encouraged me to walk barefoot more often, but also sparked me to do some “earthly digging” for more information.

Walking barefoot, is also known as “earthing,” which means walking on soil, grass or sand. Basically any natural surface.

Early studies have shown that there are health benefits from the relationship between the electrons in the earth and our bodies. When you directly connect your body to the earth’s gentle and natural electrical energy, you flood your body/system with free electrons which weaken free radicals by negating their charge and effects.

Throughout history, humans have spent more time outdoors, mostly walking barefoot (or with footwear made of animal skins) and slept on the ground or on skins. Through direct contact or through breathable  animal skin clothing/shoes, the ground’s abundant free electrons were able to enter the body, which is electrically conductive.

In contrast, now in modern times where we live (and stay) indoors, wear rubber shoes and are exposed to EMFs daily, we unfortuantely don’t often come into direct contact with the ground.

Below are the top 5 benefits of walking barefoot. Hopefully this will inspire you to kick your shoes off during your next walk!

5 Benefits of Walking Barefoot

Benefit #1 | Antioxidants

Antioxidants battle against free radicals, which have been linked to everything from cancer to cardiovascular disease and aging to autoimmune disorders.

This is a big reason why it’s important to fuel your body with antioxidant-rich foods and/or take a daily supplement.

But, aside from food the earth’s surface is a potent source of antioxidants. NO KIDDING?! Yup. In fact, the earth is the biggest antioxidant there is. So I say, we can all do a little more earthing! It’s a powerful {and free} antioxidant that can easily support your wellbeing.

Benefit #2 | Less Stress, Anxiety & Depression 

We all have times of both mental and physical stress and it’s so important we SLOW DOWN and find effective ways to de-stress.

A panel of researchers conducted a pilot study (mixed with people who were grounded and ungrounded) and concluded that earthing has a positive effect on cortisol levels and blood circulation that help to reduce tension and stress.

Benefit #3 | Improved Sleep

Our fast-paced lifestyle and #hustle mentality can leave us with very little time to get the recommended 7-10 hours of sleep daily. As a result, insomnia and other sleep issues are steadily increasing.

According to a Journal of Environmental and Public Health study, grounding the body at night with a conductive mattress pad helps with falling asleep more quickly and waking up fewer times at night. It also appears to positively affect morning fatigue levels, daytime energy, and nighttime pain levels.

Even if you’re not grounded during sleep, making frequent contact with the earth directly – walking barefoot – can help improve your overall system, helping you get better quality sleep.

Benefit #4 | Reduces Inflammation  & Muscle Soreness

The majority of illnesses associated with pain have some underlying inflammation in the affected areas, which is why inflammation is a leading cause of pain. Additionally, stress and overworked muscles are some other common causes of aches and pains. This study clearly documented that pain was reduced in those who participated in grounding. This, along with other studies, illustrate that earthing reduces inflammation, stress, and muscle soreness.

Benefit #5 | Better Cardiovascular Health

Researchers in a study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that grounding can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks. Direct contact with the earth reduces blood viscosity, or in simple terms, acts like a blood thinner to help improve overall blood pressure, circulation and oxygenation around the body.

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Top Benefits of Earthing

So. You ready to kick those shoes off?!

Why not get some exercise and recharge your system at the same time …

One of the easiest ways to soak up the earth’s healing energy is to go for a barefoot walk on the beach or relax on the grass in your backyard. As you can see, research has revealed some amazing positive physiological changes when you start earthing!

Take baby steps, but build up from there. Obviously, the more time you spend regularly with your feet to the ground (literally), the better the results and the higher likelihood of symptom relief.

Please note, that I am not suggesting that earthing is a “treatment” or a “cure” for any disease or disorder. Instead, it can be said without a doubt that the planet has its own natural charge, and it just seems we do better when we’re in contact with it!

Mother nature is indeed amazing.

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2 Comments

  1. Tatyana B.
    September 8, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    I love this! I am only able to indulge myself in “earthing” maybe one or twice a week, and it definitely relaxes the body, and in turn, relaxes the mind and soul. I adore the fact that you go to father for things, it shows what kind of bond the two of you have. I hope that you continue on “earthing,” and find some solace.

    Xoxo

    • vaviles
      September 9, 2016 / 7:39 pm

      Awwww how sweet you picked up on our bond! 🙂
      So glad you enjoy grounding yourself … and 1-2x a week is actually not bad! I’m sure most people do less! Tomorrow we’re hitting the beach so I’ll be “earthing” all day and soaking up some sun!

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