Did you know only 20 percent of the world’s population wears shoes? There are actually many benefits to walking barefoot that you may not realize. When our bare skin comes in direct contact with the earth, the ions in the earth help balance the ions in our bodies and can provide many benefits to our health.
1. Releases toxins.
There are reflex points in our feet that directly affect our organs and bones. Walking on the bumps and rocks on the ground help to stimulate these reflex points in your feet. It may hurt at first, but this means your feet need the stimulation they are receiving. The pressure on your foot acts as acupuncture which can improve your energy.
2. Strengthens and stretches muscles.
Walking barefoot strengthens and stretches the muscles and tendons in your feet, ankles and calves which helps prevent injury and strain. It also works different muscles than when you’re wearing shoes and can help improve your posture and balance.
3. Boosts your mood.
Spending time with Mother Nature is proven to improve your mood and mental state. These benefits are boosted when your body comes in direct contact with the earth beneath you. Immersing yourself in nature and receiving the higher frequencies it emits increases your own energy levels.
4. Improves sleep.
Walking barefoot helps to stabilize circadian rhythms and induces relaxation, which is why it is believed to improve sleep.
5. Reduces inflammation.
Inflammation can lead to heart diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and many other health issues. When you walk barefoot, you are directly connected to the electrons in the earth that act as antioxidants which help in decreasing inflammation.
6. It’s grounding – literally.
The earth has a negative ionic charge, and going barefoot grounds our bodies to that charge. Negative ions have been proven to detoxify, calm, reduce inflammation, synchronize your internal clocks and hormonal cycles. One of the best places to absorb negative ions through your feet is by the water – now we know why it feels so good to be barefoot on the beach!
Who knew something as simple as walking barefoot could be so good for our health? So, here is your challenge to leave your shoes at home and allow yourself to embrace the benefits of going barefoot.