Wed, Jul 24, 2019 at 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Side Cut Metropark - Maumee, OH
1025 W River Rd
Why Barefoot? Below I share some of the reasons why walking barefoot is so good for you and your feet! Join me as we explore the sensations of walking barefoot at Evergreen Lake in Oak Openings. Going barefoot is optional as we will also be engaging in other activities that promote wellness. This is a rain or shine event so dress accordingly. I will only cancel the event if there is an active Thunderstorm. Please wear shoes or flip flops that you can take on and off easily. Walking barefoot, also known as "earthing," has gone from being a kooky counter-culture trend, to a scientifically-researched practice with a number of remarkable health advantages, such as increasing antioxidants, reducing inflammation, and improving sleep. Earthing means walking barefoot on soil, grass or sand (meaning: any natural surface). So we’ll have to get off the sidewalk. Early studies are showing that the health benefits come from the relationship between our bodies and the electrons in the earth. The planet has its own natural charge, and we seem to do better when we’re in direct contact with it. Why should you walk barefoot? A review published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health looked at a number of studies that highlight how drawing electrons from the earth improves health. In one, chronic pain patients using grounded carbon fiber mattresses slept better and experienced less pain. Another study found that earthing changed the electrical activity in the brain, as measured by electroencephalograms. Still other research found that grounding benefitted skin conductivity, moderated heart rate variability, improved glucose regulation, reduced stress and boosted immunity. One particularly compelling investigation, published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, found that earthing increases the surface charge of red blood cells. As a result, the cells avoid clumping, which decreases blood viscosity. High viscosity is a significant factor in heart disease, which is why so many people take blood thinning aspirin each day to improve their heart health. Another study in the same journal found that earthing may help regulate both the endocrine and nervous systems.