Feet first!

“To a man wearing shoes, the whole world is covered in leather.”

When was the last time you walked barefoot for an hour or more? And what does that have to do with your risk of heart attack or stroke?

Shoes (especially modern shoes with plastic soles instead of leather) insulate our bodies from the ready supply of free electrons from the earth’s surface, electrons which are potent antioxidants. These electrons raise the zeta potential (negative charge) of your red blood cells and reduce blood viscosity. This is a good thing.

Because it’s the clumping together of red blood cells that causes clots to form and radically increase your chances of a cardiovascular event.

“Earthing” takes about 80 minutes for maximum effect, but measurable changes are seen almost immediately. It is so effective that people taking Coumadin or other prescription anticoagulants may be able to reduce their dose (under supervision from their doctor) if barefoot contact with the earth is part of their daily routine.

It’s also a great way to ground yourself, literally, after spending too much time in your head. Your feet will notice every little detail that is normally blunted by shoes. Wet grass or sea sand feels so good – a free reflexology treatment with your free antioxidants!

And when you get home take a look at your tingling happy feet next to the shoes you wear to work. Are you forcing your feet into a shape that isn’t right for them, and which may be causing chronic foot and back issues?

There are many of us who haven’t felt the earth beneath our feet for years. Losing touch with the earth disconnects us from the profound simplicity of our place in the world, and may have far-reaching consequences for our health.

So the next time you feel drained after a long day at work, or too much time in a car or a plane, get those shoes off and recharge!


(Reference: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine – “Earthing (Grounding) the Human Body Reduces Blood Viscosity—a Major Factor in Cardiovascular Disease”)



Photo credit: Bernadette Parker

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