I know you love the feeling of sand between your toes, or cool ocean sweeping over your feet. What about walking on cool grass? Its called earthing and it is extremely good for you. Heres why.
Earthing, also known as grounding, is the process of walking barefoot or lying on the earth’s surface – grounding your body to the earth. The concept was researched by Clint Ober, who found Earthing has positive health effects.
Ober found that the transfer of free electrons from the earth into your body produced powerful antioxidants. Although the research is still in its infancy, we are starting to understand the concepts of earthing and how these can better help us understand inflammation, especially when associated with chronic disease.
- Improved heart rate.
- Decreased skin resistance.
- Decreased levels of inflammation.
Clinton Ober, Stephen Sinatra and Martin Zucker in their book Earthing describe one of the best ways to induce Earthing (or grounding) is to walk outside barefoot on safe surfaces in direct contact with the earth. Grounding doesn’t work on concrete or even some natural surfaces. The best locations for walking barefoot are those that are directly in contact with the earth’s surface and include natural water, as water is a great skin-to-surface conductor. Walking on the beach or walking in a grassy area especially if covered in dew are great examples. Lying on the ground in direct contact with the earth is another great way to be grounded.
Mark Sisson in his book The Primal Connection has inspired me to think about the self-care benefits of earthing. Earthing is not just another way to look after your health it is also a way to bring yourself into mindfulness by being in the present moment and enjoying the benefits of nature all around us. As you walk barefoot or lay on a natural surface, feel the outline of your body on the ground or the warm grass between your toes. As you take yourself out of the busyness of everyday life and into contact with the earth surface, you create the opportunity to connect with the present.
Even if life is so busy that you cannot afford to take yourself away to indulge in a natural setting, think about when you can take your shoes off and walk barefoot. Just the act of being mindful or being conscious of your feet on the ground can bring about a very different state of mind.
When you surround yourself with nature and walk barefoot, perhaps you can indulge in some deep forest bathing and even a wonderful dose of vitamin D from the sunlight. Make sure wherever you walk in bare feet is a safe surface.
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