To me, there is nothing better than coming home from a long day and kicking off your shoes and socks and relaxing. Some people find great comfort in being barefoot.
Being barefoot can actually bring a lot more benefits than just relaxation. There are many different places on your feet than are acupressure points, or meridian points. These meridian points connect to another part of your body including organs, emotions, and aches and pains. Applying pressure to these areas can significantly improve your overall health.
That’s not all that comes with bare feet though. In fact, some people even believe that walking barefooted on the earth can heal your heart. Walking on grass and sand can superbly connect you to the earth, universe, and the cosmos. The sensation you feel when walking on sand isn’t just a relaxed mind; it’s your soul connecting with the cosmos.
The practice of walking barefoot to connect the soul is also referred to as grounding. Grounding has tons of benefits, and relaxing you is just one. In fact, new studies show walking barefooted on sand can improve your heart health.According to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Alternative And Complementary Medicine, walking barefoot “reduces blood viscosity, which is a major factor in cardiovascular disease”.
Blood viscosity is a term used to describe the thickness of the blood. This has a direct effect on your circulation. If your blood is thick, it moves slower – and vice versa. Thin blood travels faster, thus supplying your body and organs with more oxygen faster.
To test the effects of grounding on blood viscosity, a group of subjects had their red blood cells (RBCs) examined under a microscope to determine the number of clumped groups of RBCs in each sample. High instances of aggregation (or clumping) in the human blood increases your blood viscosity and can result in cardiovascular disease.
This experiment was intended to measure whether grounding the body to the earth’s innate electrical charge would have a positive effect on this blood condition and perhaps help to prevent the deadly disease that is linked to it.
Thus, walking barefoot has more benefits than just being relaxed. It actually Increases your heart health, which has a direct effect on your overall health! A healthy heart equals a healthy body. So kick those boots off and go for a walk, my friends. Feel the earth!