By :Lorie Johnson
CBN News Medical Reporter
Now that the weather is turning nice, make a point to walk barefoot outside. It’s so good for you!
Most of us just call it “walking barefoot,” but the health experts have fancy names for it such as “grounding” or “earthing.” No matter what you call it, it’s simply connecting your bare skin with the earth.
It makes sense for most people to just walk barefoot, but you’ll get the same benefits by lying on the ground in a t-shirt and shorts staring at the clouds (remembering doing that as a kid?) and so forth.
Obviously, “grounding” or “earthing” is a great stress reliever, just think about how your cares melt away during a walk on the beach. We all know that stress is a major killer. But the benefits go way beyond stress relief.
Walking barefoot actually reduces inflammation, according to 30 years of research on the subject. Inflammation is now considered to be the No. 1 cause of heart disease, which kills more Americans than anything else. Inflammation is blamed for many other health problems from cancer to arthritis. Knowing that a simple walk in your bare feet can reduce inflammation sounds almost too good to be true.
Scientists say the reason “grounding” reduces damaging inflammation is because the earth contains electrons, which are negatively charged. These electrons are constantly replenished into the earth through solar radiation and lightning strikes.
We need these electrons in our body. The good news is our bodies naturally absorb these particles when we make physical contact with the ground.
The reason we need these electrons in our bodies is to neutralize all the harmful free-radicals racing around inside our bodies. These free-radicals are highly inflammatory. They come from things like trans fats and pollution. They happen to be positively charged. So the negatively charged electrons from the ground neutralize or “cancel-out” the positively-charged free radicals.
The electrons gained through grounding also helps keep your body’s innate electrical circuitry properly balanced. All of these effects of grounding are extremely beneficial to heart health.
Without a regular connection to the Earth, people can develop an electron deficiency. In turn, this can lead to imbalances in the body and potentially to significant health problems. For example, many health experts believe chronic inflammation, which is increasingly being identified as the cause of many chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and autoimmune disorders, may be a result of a lack of connectedness.
In addition to stress relief and lowered inflammation, grounding also has been shown to thin the blood, which improves blood pressure and circulation.
If you are interested in partaking of this old, yet new, health practice, just make sure you do it long enough. Simply walking in your yard from the porch to the curb won’t cut it. You need to spend about 40 minutes a day walking in the grass, sand, or dirt. You actually don’t need to be moving…but that exercise certainly is a good thing.
Some health professionals say walking on concrete works, such as the sidewalk, but NOT wood or concrete. These are the same folks who say if you can’t get to the great outdoors a warm basement with a concrete floor will also work.
Sit there and read or just relax with your bare feet resting on the ground.