Of the approximately 300,000 years that man has been on earth, he has only worn shoes between 10 and 15,000, according to paleontology. In t...
Of the approximately 300,000 years that man has been on earth, he has only worn shoes between 10 and 15,000, according to paleontology.
In the beginning, to protect themselves from the cold and the stony terrain, the nomadic man used animal hides tied to his feet. After years of evolution, the variety of shoes we have is endless.
We are used to going out in shoes, and at home, some of us usually wear slippers or slippers to rest. Going barefoot is associated with neglect, dirt, battered feet, and disease, but what does science say on the subject?
Go barefoot for good health!
For years there has been a trend known as "grounding" or "earthing" that consists of putting our body in direct contact with the earth (it can be any part of it), although it is common to promote barefoot walking on natural surfaces like grass, sand, or simply the floor of your house.
In this text, we will tell you about some benefits of this practice, which could radically improve your health and greatly lighten your saturated lifestyle.
1 Walking barefoot reconnects us
According to the Journal of Environmental and Public Health, in the study carried out by Gaétan Chevalier and T. Sinatra, among others: « Since the 1960s, we have used more and more shoes with rubber or insulating plastic soles, instead of leather traditional made from skins ', which has dramatically affected our health.A
Other researchers claim that many customs of the modern world dramatically affect our quality of life: " During the last decades, chronic diseases, immune disorders, and inflammatory diseases have increased dramatically, and some researchers have cited environmental factors as the cause."
This indicates that man, being natural, is nourished by the earth , has moved away from it, and this begins to charge him bills.
1 Walking Barefoot DE-stresses and Reconnects us
Dr. David Garita, doctor, chiropractor, an expert in natural medicine, talks about it in a blog and tells us that « always wearing shoes makes us more vulnerable to suffer from spinal disorders (in addition, it blocks the connection with our world, then) on the soles of the hands and feet there are different points that stimulate the central nervous system . '
In addition to allowing the free-breathing of the skin of our feet, the reflexology points that are in the hands and feet, and that are intimately connected with our central nervous system and our body in general, are stimulated, causing us an almost immediate rest.
2 It improves our health naturally
Touching the ground with the soles of our feet can relax our stress, improve joint pain, and improve our health in a natural and effective way.
To start, air our feet, as the closure and humidity in them can cause skin problems, calluses, or fungi.
In addition, it improves our circulation not only of the feet but of the entire organism, especially if the floor is cold since an increase in blood flow is achieved upwards, a situation that prevents swelling and the appearance of varicose veins.
According to Dr. Landívar, a naturopath, to these advantages, we can add that we will be able to improve our balance, we will unblock the contained emotions, and by coming into contact with nature, our happiness and relaxation will increase.
In this regard, Dr. Garita, cited above, also cites grounding as benefits:
1 Helps with circulation
2 Reduces annoying headaches
3 Generates a more relaxed, restful, and uninterrupted sleep
His explanation for these statements is as follows: ' the earth has a negative charge of ions. As our body has a large amount of water, it is directly affected by negative ions to maintain our health in optimal conditions . In addition, the doctor continues: "it reduces the symptoms of depression, positively influences our cognitive ability, regulates metabolism and strengthens our microbiome. "
3 A radical change is achieved in our circulatory system
Dr. Ricardo Vargas , an expert in Chinese medicine, says unshod " produces a significant anti-inflammatory effect and improves blood circulation deeply, not only blood flow, thus greatly lowers blood viscosity. "
What the experts advise is that we walk at least one hour a day on rough and stable natural surfaces, to achieve this benefit and the previous ones.
In addition, supporting our weight in closed lasts or with heels stresses our circulatory system, which is released from pressure by making “grounding” a constant practice.
If we were to do this on the beach, we must also add among the benefits of the practice the natural massage that sand provides and the release of impurities in our limbs.
4 In children, there are also important advantages
The anatomy and mechanics of the foot, for centuries, advanced without any type of footwear. Today, normal life makes it impossible for adults to step on the ground, but our children have more opportunities. However, many parents are afraid that by going barefoot, they will catch more diseases or be affected.
However, pediatricians have long suggested this practice for its significant benefits as well. We share some:
1 There is a more complete development of the muscles and bones of their feet, especially if they run on surfaces such as dirt and grass
2 Helps them locate themselves in space
3 Improve your balance
4 The electrons that the earth transmits to them improve their parasympathetic nervous system, synchronize biorhythms and regulate blood circulation in our little ones
5 Infections are not caused by "going barefoot," but by being exposed to unprotected bacteria; they are radically different things.
6 They love it!
Are you ready to implement this beneficial practice for you and your family? Let us know how it goes!