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The Health Benefits of Bare Feet and Being 'Grounded'

A study called Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth's Surface Electrons which came out in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health in January brings to light the important health benefits of walking barefoot on the Earth or being 'grounded' to the Earth, otherwise known as 'earthing'. In the conclusion of the article, the authors state:

"Emerging evidence shows that contact with the Earth—whether being outside barefoot or indoors connected to grounded conductive systems—may be a simple, natural, and yet profoundly effective environmental strategy against chronic stress, ANS dysfunction, inflammation, pain, poor sleep, disturbed HRV, hypercoagulable blood, and many common health disorders, including cardiovascular disease."

I've always loved being barefoot. As a kid, I don't think I ever put shoes on in the warmer months unless I was forced. Remember how tough your feet would get? Even as an adult, I still walk barefoot as much as possible and can spend a whole week camping barefoot.

There is a barefoot revolution going on out there. Tom Kutscher, the co-ordinator of the 'Barefoot Hikers and Grass Walkers of Greater Kansas City', has written an article with 125 reasons to go barefoot.

While walking barefoot in areas where you could injure your feet, such as a forest, it's important to 'fox walk' - a way of walking that prevents injury and allows you to walk quietly in nature. Here's a short video on the techniques of fox walking by Ryan Salmon to get you started. 

So this summer find yourself a patch of earth somewhere and free your feet for some profound physical and spiritual healing!

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