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BAREFOOT BENEFITS

The Slowpoke: BAREFOOT BENEFITS

It seems so simple. We know how good it makes us feel to walk around barefoot on the grass, the sand, rocks or bare earth. And it seems simple because it is – that bare skin-to-earth contact that comes from walking with bare feet has a whole host of benefits for our mental and physical wellbeing. 

Getting around sans-shoes is known as the term ‘earthing’. It means to walk barefoot on any natural surface. And by doing so we’re reaping the benefits of nature’s own healing powers. Though the term and idea is a new(ish) concept, it is in fact one of the oldest ways of healing we know, with many indigenous tribes instinctively putting foot to earth for centuries.

The idea behind it? The surface of the Earth is in plentiful supply of negative ions, which, when we come into contact with them, help balance the positive ions we build up daily through stress, food and lifestyle choices and our close relationship with electronic devices. The balancing exchange is said to help drain free-radicals – those that contribute to chronic inflammation – from the body.

And scientific studies are backing the theory up, suggesting that reconnecting with the Earth with our bare feet – or any other bare skin contact – can help with a huge range of modern health issues, including stress, inflammation, pain, heart disease, improving energy and helping us get a better nights sleep.

The other benefits to a daily dose of barefoot walking? We become more in tune with our surroundings and connected with nature, we gain stronger and healthier feet and improve our balance and posture.

Though we may not be able to walk around barefoot every day, particularly in our concrete jungles of cities, try taking the opportunity to make a skin-to-earth connection each day, or at least every other day. Whether taking half an hour barefoot on your lunch break in a park or the beach, or a lie down on the grass at the end of the day. It sounds like a simple solution to wellbeing because it truly is.

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