Fresh grass, warm sunlight and beautiful natural surroundings can make anyone drop their footwear and enjoy walking barefoot. Walking barefoot on grass, also known as ‘earthing’, has been in the news for some time.
People across the globe enjoy doing it in the early morning or late afternoon— and not just on grass, you can walk barefoot on soil or sand, too.
The earth is full of energies and getting in touch with these energies nourishes the body as well as the mind and soul. In addition, walking is a gentle exercise that people from all age groups can do.
Here are some of the benefits of walking barefoot on grass daily.
1. Improves Eyesight
Our feet have many reflexology zones that correspond to various organs of our body, including the eyes. When we walk barefoot, we put maximum pressure on the first, second and third toes—the main reflexology pressure points for the eyes. Stimulating these points helps improve eyesight. It also helps the entire body stay healthy.
In addition, looking at the green color of the grass soothes the eyes. For eye health, morning dew on the grass is also beneficial.
2. Keeps Feet Healthy
Walking barefoot is great exercise for your feet. It strengthens and stretches the muscles, tendons and ligaments in your feet, ankles and calves. This helps prevent injury, knee strain and back problems. It also improves flexor strength and is beneficial for people who have flat feet.
Moreover, it helps keep your posture upright and reduces the risk of developing calluses, strains and stiffness in the soles of your feet.
3. Relieves Stress
Walking barefoot on grass, especially in the morning, helps rejuvenate your senses and calm the mind. The combination of fresh air, warm sunlight, green surroundings and the peaceful morning atmosphere helps in many ways.
Fresh oxygen is good for your body’s organs, sunlight provides vitamin D and the calm atmosphere helps relax your entire body and mind. This in turn helps you feel more relaxed and relieves stress.
In addition, starting your day walking barefoot on grass for 30 minutes will help you handle your day-to-day activities more easily and in a relaxed manner. In the evening, 30 minutes of walking barefoot will help you unwind your mind.
4. Provides Vitamin D
When you are outside walking barefoot on grass, the sun’s rays also nourish the body with vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin. Vitamin D helps keep your bones healthy and prevent osteoarthritis and other bone- and joint-related diseases.
Moreover, low levels of vitamin D are associated with an increased risk of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and certain cancers.
Vitamin D is also very important for pregnant women. Moreover, sunlight is full of healing energies that provide vitality.
For maximum benefit, enjoy walking in the early morning or late afternoon when the sunrays are not that harsh.
5. Neutralizes Electrical Energies
Free radical stress from exposure to radiation, trans fats, cigarettes, insecticides, pesticides, etc. continually deplete your body of electrons and the earth is a good source of free radical-busting electrons.
According to a review published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health in 2012, when you walk barefoot on the ground, the Earth’s surface electrons are transferred into your body, promoting intriguing physiological changes.
These electrons have antioxidant effects that help fight oxidative stress which is associated with inflammation and diseases.
In addition, earthing helps improve sleep, promote cardiovascular health, boost brain power and strengthen the immune and nervous systems.
Being out in nature is a great way to start your morning as well as end your evening. So take off your shoes and be with nature.