Growing up, I loved being running around without shoes. The feel of the cool grass made me feel refreshed and the heat of the pavement brought a penetrating warmth felt all the way to my bones. I often heard my mom shouting, “Debra Ann, get your shoes on!” Instinctively, my little self knew it was good for me, and here’s why; Shoes mostly plastic and rubber stop the electron exchange from the Earth to our bodies and those electrons help our body. The shoes that protect our feet, are also keeping us from the healing power of the Earth!
A study that is published on the National Institute of Health website identifies multiple benefits of connecting to the Earth. Here are three reasons your kids (and you too!) should get in the grass, sand or woods with your bare piggy’s! Connecting to the Earth:
- Stabilizes your body and helps balance your cells. Cells are often referred to as the “building blocks of life.” They are the little work horses that make up all the pieces and parts of your body. You want them all doing their jobs!
- Improves sleep by helping to reset body rhythms. Earthing or grounding helps drop night-time Cortisol. Too much Cortisol keeps us awake and causes wear and tear on the body.
- Improves our immune response and helps stop inflammation in the body. Inflammation has been linked to a host of diseases including cancer, and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Yes, I’m still a kid at heart! Getting my feet in the grass or dirt is also a great excuse to get a pedi!
Deb Timmerman, RN, HTP