The Incredible Benefits of Walking Barefoot
How do you start your morning? The majority would say they get up, put on slippers and go to the bathroom. Indeed, putting on slippers every morning has turned into a conditioned reflex. No matter how sleepy a person might be, sliding feet into cozy slippers works as an ON button. However, there are some people walk around the house barefoot, but they are rare; just as rare are those who like walking barefoot outside.
Why are people so afraid of going barefoot? The reasons are numerous but most popular reasons are: people are afraid of catching a cold, being infected by toenail fungus and other infections, or simply being hurt. These concerns are understandable. Moreover, nowadays walking barefoot is associated with poverty, carelessness, neglect, etc. Unfortunately, even the city parks are not adapted to ensure that walking barefoot on grass is safe.
Still, walking barefoot at home or outside is highly recommended. However, even the campers, the people who love nature, who enjoy the sunrises and sunsets in their natural environment, are not willing to take off their boots and feel the smoothness of the stones, the softness of the grass, and the warmth of the ground with their bare soles. But the truth is that there are many benefits of walking barefoot that many don’t know about.
Benefits of walking barefoot
- It strengthens the immune system – a sole is an area with a lot of biologically active acupoints. In the Asian traditions, this unique discovery has been used for hundreds of years. Eastern medical practitioners and healers consider that human soles are a clue to the effective treatment of various diseases. There are certain zones on the feet which help strengthen the immune system, revive the vital energy in the whole body, bring the psycho-emotional state back to normal, and make you a little bit happier. If you experience a lack of vital power, it is time to get interested in barefooting, a practice that can help you restore your energy quickly.
- It improves the function of the internal organs – We come back to the treatment methods applied in Eastern medicine again. Eastern medical specialists consider that the so-called “kidney channel” takes root from the bottom, from the sole in particular. This channel is responsible for the work of urogenital system, reproductive and sexual functions, water and mineral metabolism, the work of brain and spinal cord, and in this regard, human consciousness and the working of a human mind. When the kidney channel is affected, the emotional state of a person can decline. A person becomes very anxious, fearful, depressed, etc. One of the most effective ways to keep that channel of a vital energy unblocked and healthy is to go barefoot earthing, and doing this, to have every acupoint on a sole massaged.
- It is a good remedy for flat-feet – It has been proven that regular barefoot grounding helps to get rid of flatfeet. It is suggested to walk or run barefoot on loose soil and sand. This reduces the pressure on the sole and banishes the muscle tension; as a result, barefooting decreases the pain caused by body weight on the feet of a flat form. Going barefoot strengthens the ankle and calf muscles, which are crucial for a child’s growing body. That is why you should make barefoot running and barefoot grounding an everyday exercise for your kids. It will bring health and fun to them.
- It is a method of body tempering – the technique of tempering by walking barefoot is as old as the hills. The basic principle here is “regularly and gradually”. If you don’t know how to walk barefoot because you have never tried it, start it slowly. There is no need to practice barefoot running right away. Slow and gradual barefooting tones tissues and increases body resistance to viral infections. Even Western medicine agrees with the fact that walking barefoot is useful. Barefoot grounding or going barefoot on grass can prevent such diseases as heart attack, stroke, hypertension, angina and other cardiovascular diseases, not to mention cold and flu.
Tracy Reese, an American fashion designer, once said: “Shoes are the finishing touch on any outfit and it is important to complete a look with the perfect pair!” She is right when an overall impression and style is concerned, but when health really matters, you should take off your pretty shoes, inhale a deep breath and enjoy walking barefoot.