Ever wondered why you feel so good after a barefoot walk on the beach or in the park?
It’s because of a process known as grounding or earthing. Grounding refers to direct skin contact with the surface of the earth, and whilst it may all sound a bit like hippy talk to you, recent studies have demonstrated it to have a variety of intriguing effects on our physiology. To put it simply, when your feet come into contact with the grass/sand/dirt etc your body absorbs free electrons from the earth. Think of these electrons as nature’s most powerful antioxidant because they are involved in neutralising damaging free radicals implicated in things such as inflammation and chronic disease.
These electrons supercharge your physiology and result in health benefits such as:
- Decreased inflammation
- Accelerated recovery from athletic performance
- Lowers stress by balancing the autonomic nervous system
- Improved wound healing
- Normalise body’s biological rhythms (sleep, eating, appetite)
- Reduce severity of many chronic inflammatory diseases
- Lowered blood pressure and improves circulatory and lymphatic flow
So now you are asking how on earth do I go and earth myself?
It’s simple, get your bare skin into contact with the earth for a minimum of 30 minutes a day. Are you feeling stressed out and sluggish? When was the last time you grounded? Release your inner child, take your shoes and socks off and wiggle your toes around in whatever part of our world takes your fancy. Our recommendation is some barefoot yoga in the park or a nice barefoot walk along the beach!
Remember movement is medicine………and apparently so is the earth we live on!