Do you always wear shoes? Although shoes protect your feet from the cold or harmful objects, there’s a reason why wearing shoes isn’t always beneficial. When we wear shoes, we don’t receive energy from the earth. When you put your bare feet on the ground there is contact with the earth and mother earth is endowed with electrons and these electrons are literally absorbed through your feet. It’s like taking handfuls of antioxidants but you’re getting them through your feet. We need to absorb the electrons from the earth in order to balance out each part of our body with the earth’s electrical current.
Earthing means connecting to the earth to support the specific function of the organs of your body. It supports the body as a whole but it specifically supports organ systems down to the tissues and the cellular function of the entire body. All the systems in the body go to balance, to normal when you’re grounded.
The man who started the grounding, aka, earthing movement is Clint Ober. Growing up as a rancher in Montana, Clint Ober saw firsthand how humans and animals were supposed to rely on the earth for much of their needs. But as he grew up, he saw the disconnect forming. He first learned about grounding working as a cable installer. Ten years later, he formed Telecrafter Corporation and built it into the largest cable installer in the US. What set his company apart was the focus on the proper grounding of cable for safety and TV signal stability. Later, Clint entered the computer industry and helped increase awareness of the need for proper system grounding. All this technical knowledge led to the curiosity of how grounding affects the human body. He had suffered chronic pain from his decades-long active lifestyle. After some creative experimentation with duct tape, he realized that grounding greatly improved his sleep as well as his pain. Fast forward to today where Clint’s company Earthing helps people ground their bodies with inexpensive products designed to facilitate the flow of the earth’s natural electricity.
Earthing has several benefits such as the reduction of inflammation and chronic pain, sleep improvement, better energy levels, and even less stress.
Here are a few more benefits:
Walking barefoot increases the blood flow to your legs which helps you feel less pain, have less varicose veins, and have warmer feet in the winter.
Lower blood pressure
Walking barefoot can help us increase our blood flow, lower our blood pressure, and lessen cortisol action which in turn decreases stress and inflammation all over the body.
When you can feel the ground, you can better stimulate the balancing system of your brain. This is especially important for elderly people.
Less foot problems
Wearing the wrong type of shoes is normally the main cause of several foot problems such as calluses, bunions, athlete’s foot, and ingrown toenails. When we walk barefoot, we steer farther away from these kinds of problems. Even arthritis begins to slowly improve as our feet get stronger, more flexible, and receive better blood flow.
When we wear shoes, we are forced to move our hips back and forth straining our back, shoulders, and neck to keep from falling. When we walk barefoot the opposite happens. When we feel the ground, the nerve endings in our feet send us messages of balance. This can improve posture and balance as well as reduce stress and bodily tension.
The American pediatric association recommends that kids walk barefoot as long as possible because shoes weaken and deform feet. According to Dr. Merzenich, one of the best neuroplastic physicians in the country, the stimulation we get from walking barefoot improves memory, attention, concentration, and intelligence.
Walking barefoot helps us to stimulate new muscles that are used for both balance and support.
Our body follows an interesting principle- if you use something you must maintain it if you don’t use it ‘you lose it’. When you walk barefoot your feet wake up and begin to strengthen themselves.
Have you ever shocked yourself by touching something during the winter? This happens due to the difference in magnetic charge between your body and the object. This is the way your body gets rid of the unwanted charge. Studies have shown that free radicals act on our inflammation by transporting the positive charge. Although these particles of positive charge play an important role in our immune system, if we don’t have a way to get rid of them, they build up in our bodies, causing excess inflammation and even cell and tissue damage. The earth, on the other hand naturally possesses a negative charge. Direct contact with the earth allows us to get rid of the positive charge found in the fee radicals.
Through modernization and practicality, we accidentally disconnected from the earth which made sense but on the other hand nobody knew the consequences or the side effects of losing our ground, losing our electrical ground with the planet. I encourage you to watch the The Earthing Movie on Netflix because it is very enlightening and will also show you some personal stories of the benefits of earthing. And for those who live in winter climates there are products that you can use in your home to help ground you.
The Earthing Movie: Netflix
As a retired registered massage therapist, I’ve always been interested in health. I grew up loving sports so that carried into my adult life in my chosen career paths and in my personal life. I now stay active with weight training, hiking and biking. My professional life has always been in health care. This has inspired me to seek out and adopt a life of natural health and wellness.