Our feet not only support us, they are conductors of energy for our body. This is known as ‘earthing’ or ‘grounding’.
Just as the sun gives us warmth and vitamin D, the Earth underfoot gives us food and water, a surface to walk, sit, stand, play, and build on, and an eternal, natural, and gentle energy. Think of it perhaps as vitamin G—G for ground.
Why is earthing important?
Maybe the difference between feeling good and not so good, of having little or a lot of energy, or sleeping well or not so well. You can’t see the Earth’s energy. For this reason it is usually disregarded, but just because we don’t see or believe in earth’s energy, doesn’t mean we are aren’t affected by it.
Some people can feel a warm, tingling, and pleasant sensation when they are out walking barefoot along the water’s edge at the beach or on a stretch of dew-moistened grass. Or it may just gives a feeling of well being – our bodies are innately intelligent and the emotional feeling of ease needs to be listened to. The other option is dis- ease.
When we disconnect from the earth we become more vulnerable to inflammation, pain, stress, poor sleep, and illness. Ongoing research is demonstrating clearly that reconnecting with the Earth upholds the electrical stability of our bodies and serves as a foundation for vitality, health, and healing.
It is really only since we replaced natural footwear with synthetic materials and stopped walking barefoot on sand, grass and stones, that lack of earthing has become a noticeable health issue.
Loss of the primordial connection with the Earth – our electrical roots − through modern lifestyle is an overlooked cause of widespread and increasing physiological dysfunction and chronic disease. A prime example of this disconnect is the replacement, beginning in the 1960s, of leather soled shoes with rubber and plastics by the footwear industry.
Why are synthetic soles and footwear bad for our health?
Throughout virtually all of history, humans were either barefoot or used animal hides (leather) for footwear. When leather becomes moist, as a result of perspiration from the feet, a channel of conductivity for electron flow is created between the Earth and the feet. Rubber and plastics are electrical insulators and therefore block the beneficial flow of electrons from the Earth to our bodies.
So, in an age of rampant chronic inflammation and disease, “grounding” ourselves provides a natural, simple yet powerful path to better health. Another reason why our feet are so important to us and deserve attention.