I’m lucky to work barefoot and at home I’m barefoot as well. The truth is that I only wear shoes when I walk down the street.
My children are being raised barefoot. I’ve always had it very clear, “Barefoot child, happy child”.
In 1991 Lynn T. Staheli wrote “Optimal foot development occurs in the barefoot environment.” Following him, a research by the Harvard human evolutionary biology professor Daniel Liberia, helped to stimulate the movement of running barefoot.
Of course it is beneficial to walk barefoot on any surface, but where it really is magnificent is on natural surfaces, (sand, grass, earth). This practice is called “earthing” or “grounding”.
The first studies on “grounding” show that the health benefits come from the relationship between our bodies and the electrons in the earth.
The surface of the earth is electrically charged and is also conductive. So, when we walk barefoot our body is discharged from the accumulated electrostatic energy and absorbs the negatively charged electrons. This means that by absorbing the energy of the earth, we alkalize our body by recharging it with electrons and increasing our antioxidant capacity to neutralize free radicals.
Dr. James Oschman says that most diseases have their origin in inflammatory processes. The inflammation is caused by the deficit of electrons, and the Earth is an inexhaustible natural source of them.
According to Oschman, when you give your body a constant source of free electrons, through a proper nutrition and grounding, you will help to reduce radically inflammation, which has been widely recognized as one of the main factors that contribute to premature aging and chronic diseases.
There is a lot of research on the subject.
It has been shown that walking barefoot on natural surfaces has remarkable health benefits such as antioxidantes increase, immune response, reduction of stress and inflammation, healing of wounds and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases. It helps regulate the endocrine and nervous system. It also improves sleep.
This are very good news as carrying out the grounding is relatively easy, and free!
Again a return to the simplest. The human body evolved in contact with the earth and needs to maintain this natural connection to function properly. It is simply the most natural!
It feels really good to me. I have always done it intuitively, even in winter, barefoot and with my coat on! But now that I know more about the benefits of grounding, I will do it more consciously.