Walking barefoot, which is also known as “earthing,” is a scientifically-researched practice that have many remarkable health benefits. These include reducing heart disease risk, increasing antioxidant, and controlling blood pressure.
Earthing means to walk barefoot on grass, soil, or sand, which means any natural surface. Therefore, we will have to get off the sidewalk.
Studies showed that the health benefits come from the relationship between the electrons in the earth and our bodies. The planet contains its own natural charge, and we seem to do better when we are in direct contact with it.
Health Benefits of Walking Barefoot:
1. Boost Energy Levels
Any time that you immerse yourself in the natural world, you pick up on the higher frequencies that is being emitted from nature, and this therefore, increase your own energy levels.
Exposure to modern society can affect your vitality, therefore, make sure to spend as much time in nature as you can.
2. Controls Blood Pressure
Recent studies reported that the nerves of the feet are stimulated when one is walking barefoot. This usually leads to the reduction of stress levels.
But, since stress is released through earthing, or what is commonly known as walking barefoot, it helps in controlling the blood pressure.
3. Greater Balance
By feeling the ground, individuals begin waking up the vestibular system, or balance system of the brain, remapping their minds for greater balance and stimulating new neural connections.
For seniors this is very critical, because one hip fracture or fall can lead to a gradual decline in health.
4. Greater Circulation
Going barefoot not only wakes up your long-dormant feet and leg muscles, but it gets more blood flow to your legs and feet to get them going. This increased blood flow means less pains and aches, warmer feet and legs in the winter and less varicose veins.
5. Helps Reduce Chronic Pain
Alternative medicine practitioners reported that the electrons present in the earth can help enrich the immune system in your body. And this is backed by the research findings of a recent study.
Also, in addition to enriching the immune system, walking barefoot increases the oxygen levels of the body, and thus, helps in reducing acute or chronic pain in your body.
6. Healthier Feet
Your body works on the use it or lose it principle. When you use something, you get to keep it. And when you don’t use it, it atrophies.
When you start going barefoot, your feet reawaken and therefore, begin to strengthen again.
7. Reduce Heart Disease Risk
According to a study that was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, walking barefoot increases the surface charge of red blood cells. This can result in the reduction of clumping in the cells, which therefore decreases blood thickness.
Because high viscosity has been directly associated as a risk factor in heart disease, walking therefore reduces your risk of heart disease significantly.
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