I’m sure you have heard a gazillion times that walking barefoot at the beach is great for your health. Walking barefoot on sand is not only great and beneficial for your big pretty feet, but also for your overall health.
I find that people mainly focus on fitness benefits, such as burning calories and getting some resistance to your legs and tend to overlook other benefits. Some studies claim that electrical energy is absorbed from the earth through our big pretty big feet leading to a numerous of health benefits. Since we are called women with big feet and our feet surface is bigger, am I right to say we are getting more benefits? The practice is called earthing if you want to look up for more information.
The authors of one of these studies, Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons, an article published in January 2012 by the Journal of Environmental and Public Health, agree with the benefits when connecting to earth:
“Mounting evidence suggests that the Earth’s negative potential can create a stable internal bioelectrical environment for the normal functioning of all body systems. Moreover, oscillations of the intensity of the Earth’s potential may be important for setting the biological clocks regulating diurnal body rhythms, such as cortisol secretion.
It is also well established that electrons from antioxidant molecules neutralize reactive oxygen species (ROS, or in popular terms, free radicals) involved in the body’s immune and inflammatory responses. The National Library of Medicine’s online resource PubMed lists 7021 studies and 522 review articles from a search of ‘antioxidant + electron + free radical.’ It is assumed that the influx of free electrons absorbed into the body through direct contact with the Earth likely neutralize ROS and thereby reduce acute and chronic inflammation.
Throughout history, humans mostly walked barefoot or with footwear made of animal skins. They slept on the ground or on skins. Through direct contact or through perspiration-moistened animal skins used as footwear or sleeping mats, the ground’s abundant free electrons were able to enter the body, which is electrically conductive. Through this mechanism, every part of the body could equilibrate with the electrical potential of the Earth, thereby stabilizing the electrical environment of all organs, tissues, and cells.
Modern lifestyle has increasingly separated humans from the primordial flow of Earth’s electrons. For example, since the 1960s, we have increasingly worn insulating rubber or plastic soled shoes, instead of the traditional leather fashioned from hides. Rossi has lamented that the use of insulating materials in post-World War II shoes has separated us from the Earth’s energy field. Obviously, we no longer sleep on the ground as we did in times past.
During recent decades, chronic illness, immune disorders, and inflammatory diseases have increased dramatically, and some researchers have cited environmental factors as the cause. However, the possibility of modern disconnection with the Earth’s surface as a cause has not been considered. Much of the research reviewed in this paper points in that direction”
I also think walking barefoot on sand does wonders to our cardiovascular system and also helps our blood flow. It’s like letting our feet breathe and move freely while getting massaged by nature and getting our feet exfoliated. To me walking barefoot on sand it’s a way to reconnect with nature and get my stress levels down, at the very least.
I love beach summer walks at dusk and I absolutely adore winter barefoot long walks. It helps me zone out and reflect about life matters and meditate. It does very good to my emotional and spiritual health. And there is no need to say that I find it such a relaxing activity that I walk longer than I would normally do anywhere else, which is obviously great for my overall fitness.
So, it’s time to get your feet out, it’s summer on this side of the world! And no worries, I know you love shoes as much as I do, but give your big pretty feet some love and let them out. Set them free and enjoy long beach walks this summer!
And don’t forget to leave your comments below, I would love to hear from you, as usual 🙂