Are you feeling yourself whenever you are walking barefoot? Don’t be confused by it, many people are just beginning to learn the benefits of walking barefoot in nature.
The simplest touch of your toes to the earth, the energy circulating your body in doing so and the feeling of fulfillment that comes with it- barefoot walking is more than just a happy practice.
In fact, many studies and experts have concluded that being barefoot in the grass can be seriously healing for the body and mind. And no, walking barefoot is not only a childlike practice, but a one that adults need to engage in as well, if not even more than youngsters.
Of course, walking barefoot should always be done with caution instead of under risks. Today, let’s learn how connecting to the Earth’s energy can help you live a higher quality of life, too.
How to Get in Touch with the Earth’s Energy?
Energy fields represents one of the most undiscovered aspects of our lifetime. However, researchers did manage to find out that by attracting the energy from the ground, we can heal ourselves pretty easily.
Back in 1952, W.O. Schumann, a German physicist, and professor at the University of Munich, examined the benefits of attracting the ground’s energy into the body.
He noted that our planet shows increased frequency levels, which comes from the fact that one spheres are interconnected to each other. With that, he found these spheres to create electrical tensions, with the Earth releasing negatively charged energy.
This energy clashing with the positively charged tension led Schumann to discover that the Earth’s frequency is 10Hz.
Then, in 1954, Schumann collaborated with another expert in the field, Herbert Konig. The two managed to find that the earth’s frequency actually lies at 7.83Hz. Today, this conclusion is known as the Schumann Resonance.
By definition, grounding or earthing is the process of connecting the physical body to the ground, thus attracting favorable energies. Anything from sitting, walking, running or hiking outside can be quite favorable and fruitful in terms of grounding.
What is more, the earth releases negative ions which affect the body in a positive manner, leaving it refreshed and recharged.
Studies got pretty interested in learning how grounding helps people, health-wise. With that, plenty of research proved that the Earth’s electrons are extremely therapeutic to the body and mind, while also providing other essential benefits as well.
Solely grounding yourself through walking barefoot can:
- Help reduce pain
- Improve poor sleeping patterns and insomnia
- Decrease stress and cortisol levels in the body
- Accelerate healing
- Treating soreness in the joints and muscles
- Thin blood
- Boost the blood flow
- Enhance the respiration process
- Improve oxygenation of the blood
- Stabilize the heart rate.
The studies focused merely on the effects grounding provides, especially when walking barefoot. Subjects involved in the studies explained how they witnessed significant improvements in parasympathetic responses from a simple 30-minute barefoot walk.
With this, the subjects also reported less inflammation, stress, and anxiety in under a week.
Some studies also examined the effects of grounding on other body processes and found the activity helps prevent osteoporosis, regulates glucose levels and encourages thyroid engagement.
That said, K. Sokal and P. Sokal, cardiologist and neurosurgeon from Poland connected a copper conductor to the Earth, finding it improves the physiological processes in the body.
What do Study Findings Show?
One study involved 12-84 subjects, all on the same diet and practicing the same physical activities.
The researchers attached a copper plate to the leg of the subjects, with the wire also connected to a grounding rod outdoors. It only took one night of sleep for the subjects to report improved energy levels in the morning, a greater electrolyte content in the blood and a boosted focus.
At the same time, the participants had bigger mineral levels in the blood and greater calcium and phosphorus level in the urine.
Another study analyzed the effects of grounding for 72 hours in patients suffering diabetes or insulin problems. Despite taking their meds, all patients still showed poor glycemic control, even with a regular diet and exercise.
After grounding for the indicated timeframe, all subjects showed a reduced fasting glucose.
In one study, participants suffering thyroid diseases, found tremendous benefits to grounding. In fact, by earthing for a while, all subjects showed decreased thyroid issues symptoms, especially in hyperthyroidism. It only took one day of grounding for subjects to report absolutely no thyroid issues, and a reduced free triiodothyronine.
At the same time, they experienced a boost in free thyroxin, the thyroid stimulating hormone. With this, researchers concluded grounding can protect the hepatic, hypothalamus, and pituitary gland as well.
The same research was also done in patients suffering cardiovascular problems. What they found was that grounding is highly efficient in reducing the odds for heart-related problems.
What are the Benefits of Grounding?
Dr. Jonathan Kaplan, a foot and ankle specialist, and surgeon explained the perks of grounding daily, especially for the feet. Some of these perks include:
- Improved limb control and balance on the ground.
- Boosted balance and posture.
- Increased body awareness and hyphened senses of your surroundings.
- Healthier knees, hips, and body core.
- Ameliorated alignment and mobility.
- Reduced joint and ankle problems.
- Healthier ligaments and tendons.
- Decreased shoe-provoked problems, like bunions and hammer toes.
- Enhanced leg strength and endurance.
- Greater lower back strength and stability.
What to be Careful of when Grounding?
Walking barefoot comes with some form of caution. Although natural and beneficial to our health, grounding can cause physical strain to the feet, as they are not designed to walk freely in any environment.
To avoid injuring yourself, here are a few tips on how to start with grounding effectively:
- Walk barefoot for a shorter periods of time, until you build the strength and endurance in the legs.
- Perform ankle exercises, to help you maintain the balance.
- Wear minimalistic shoes, to ease your way into grounding.
- Practice yoga or pilates, both done barefoot.
- Practice indoor grounding first before taking the action to nature.
- Know your walking terrain once in nature. Avoid rocky surfaces and keep your eyes open for sharp objects, like glass, roots, and plastic.
- Grounding won’t work on some surfaces, including walking on asphalt, wood, rubber, vinyl, tar or tarmac surfaces. Instead, choose a more suitable earthing surface like grass, ceramics, soil, concrete, sand.
To prevent any side-effects of grounding, it is best to wash your feet thoroughly after finishing the process. Take extra precautions if you are suffering from diabetes, as grounding alone won’t get the job done.
Helpful Grounding Techniques
To get into grounding the right way, here are a few tips to help you get started.
- Ground with water, even placing your hands in it.
- Experiment with temperatures which do your feet good. A bit of extra sun always come in handy!
- Pick up natural items in your proximity, like flower plants. Also, colors which encourage grounding include crimson, indigo, turquoise, and burgundy.
- Align the breathing when grounding.
- Notice and absorb natural smells which trigger your grounding experience. It’s all about activating the senses!
- Move the body, and instead of just walking, try hiking, exercising in nature, jumping rope, and swimming.
Welcome to your grounded and balanced life!