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You may be in the habit of donning shoes at every moment in your life, but even though you might be sparing yourself fungal infections and dirty feet, you could also be missing out on a vital source of health and energy. The earths’ electromagnetic field is designed to boost your wellbeing.

Modern life, it seems, is designed to keep us off the grass

INFUSED WITH LIFE

Perhaps it’s instinctive human knowledge that you feel better when you’ve been frolicking about barefoot in nature. Certainly, there are few people who can resist the pedicure-like effects of walking on beach sand, and a quick dip of the toes in sea water is always a delight, or who can deny the pleasure of bare feet on soft, newly-mowed grass. The earth’s electromagnetic field is perfectly conducted through our bodies, because we’re mostly made up of water.

Cardiologists are discovering the astounding benefits to their patients and some are even prescribing a 40-minute session of ‘earthing’ for people with heart disease – a stroll on a damp lawn without any shoes on. When you’re connected to earth, your red blood cells become more charged – this means they vibrate at a higher level and they move further apart. The result is that your blood is thinned; it flows more easily and effectively lowers blood pressure.

Studies have also shown that earthing can improve symptoms of PMS, sleep apnoea, stress levels, rheumatoid arthritis and chronic pain. Additionally, some research has indicated that earthing can improve your body’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels and accelerate your immune system function.

And what of those dreadfully nebulous, DNA-damaging things called free radicals that we all try to avoid as much as possible? Well, the earth’s energy neutralises the damaging effects of free radicals – it’s an astounding antioxidant. Because free radical damage has been linked with aging, it seems that one of the elixirs of longer (if not eternal) life has been right under our feet all this time.

I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright. – Henry David Thoreau

DISCONNECTED

Today, many shoes are made with synthetic material – rubber and plastic particularly are insulators – which mean there’s a deadening layer between you and the earth’s healing energy. Modern life, it seems, is designed to keep us off the grass. Walking is something everyone does, every day – so if you wear shoes that are conductive, you’ll be gaining benefit just as you go about your day (natural materials like leather are conductors – mingled with a little sweat, they work even better).

The rise in chronic diseases in the world has been blamed on everything from bad lifestyle choices to toxins in the environment. But, with science advancing (backwards to ancient beliefs, as it often does), one of the reasons people are afflicted with so many dire conditions could be as simple as disconnection from nature. Quite simply, we are bioelectrical beings living on an electrical plant. It makes sense that connecting to the earth is what we’re supposed to do.

DID YOU KNOW: Concrete is considered a natural material and although it’s less conductive that ground or sand, it still allows you some connection to earth’s healing power?

TIP: Salt water is the best conductor, so if you’re able to, spend as much time as possible walking on the beach, close to the shoreline

GET WITH THE PROGRAMME

Be mindful of earth’s healing energy and make it part of your daily routine. Try these tips to get re-connected with earth’s incredible healing power:

  • Picnic: it’s been proven time and again that spending time outdoors is good for your mental and physical health – make picnicking part of your weekly routine, and spend time sitting, laying and walking on the grass
  • Morning dew: because water is a great conductor, start your day by standing barefoot on dewy grass for 10-15 minutes each morning
  • Go hiking: your feet may take a little strain if you’re used to wearing shoes, but hiking barefoot also gives your feet a workout, with stones and sticks pressing on reflexology points – start a