Our Feet Need those Antioxidants as much as the Rest of our Bodies!
We expect a lot from our feet and yet so often they are way down the list of our priorities for looking after our health.
We stuff them into ill-fitting shoes, we neglect to look after our toenails and we might not even clean our feet as carefully or as regularly as we do other parts of our body.
Is it not time to give our feet more attention!
We have written before about how important it is for our feet’s health to let them go barefoot from time to time. They need to contact planet earth.
And yet, in the 1950s and 1960s when we began wearing rubber soled shoes, we did our feet a grave injustice. We took them away from making direct contact with the Earth’s surface – the contact that provided them with an essential source of natural antioxidants – free electrons.
What happens when our feet no longer make natural contact with the ground?
Our bodies build up too much positive charge, leading to free radical damage, oxidative stress and inflammation.
And it is not just the wearing of rubber soled shoes. In addition, the use of synthetic floor materials, living in high rise buildings and walking on tar and asphalt means we are disconnected from the natural connection that is earth, helping to block our ability to absorb those beneficial electrons.
We are missing out on one of the most important sources of natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories available to us - while at the same time we are living with a host of unnatural man-made pollutants.
Throughout history humans walked, they sat and slept on the ground, they cultivated their land with bare hands and they spent a lot of their time naturally grounded.
How can you nurture the habit of earthing or grounding?
There are several different types of grounding all of which focus on reconnecting yourself to the earth.
- Walking barefoot is one of the easiest. What could be nicer than running barefoot in the grass on a warm summer day. But it does not have to be grass. Sand or even mud are ideal natural ways for your skin to touch the natural ground to provide you with grounding energy.
- Lying on the ground is another way to increase your skin-to-earth contact. You can do this in the grass or on the sand at the beach but without a blanket or towel between you and the ground.
- Submersing in water as this may be used to ground in the same way the physical earth is used for grounding. Simply wade into a clear lake or swim in the ocean, always taking care to do it in a safe way.
- Using grounding equipment which you can find out more about online. Suggestions include grounding mats, sheets or blankets, grounding socks, grounding bands and patches.
Grounding or earthing is a therapeutic technique that focuses on realigning your electrical energy by reconnecting to the earth. While there has not been a great deal of research on the subject, smaller studies have reported benefits for inflammation, pain, mood and more.
Try it for yourself and see if you notice any benefits?