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Shoes Off, Socks Off, Here’s Why

One of the big perks of living in California is that the beach is never too far away. And sometimes after work — I like to take a walk along the oceanfront. I like arriving just in time to watch the sunset, as the waves come crashing into the shore. (Sometimes I’ll even dip my toes into the cold, salty Pacific water.) It’s one of my favorite ways to “unplug” after a busy work day.

But it’s also great for another reason. And you might be a little surprised when you find out why.

I’m talking about Grounding.

As you may know, grounding is a popular new health trend. It simply involves “grounding” your bare feet directly to the Earth. And as easy as it sounds, it’s been linked to a number of exciting health benefits. Like:

  • Lifting your mood and confidence.
  • Enhancing the quality of your sleep.
  • And soothing any aches in your joints and muscles.

So how exactly does it work? Well, medical opinion is divided right now. But one popular theory is: When your bare feet come in direct contact with the earth… They absorb health-boosting electrons and microbes that can help support your body.

Personally? I need to look at the evidence more closely before I’m fully convinced. (I have a patient whose experience doesn’t jibe with this theory.) But regardless of whether electrons and microbes are the real reason or not… I do believe “grounding” can help to relax, restore, and re-energize your body.

So why not give it a try yourself sometime? Just walk barefoot on grass, soil, or sand for 5 (or more) minutes a day. Even if it’s in your backyard. It’s really that easy! Our ancestors didn’t wear shoes, after all, and it's just so darn satisfying to press your feet directly into the earth. So I encourage you to get out there and start grounding this summer. The chances are, you’ll love it. 🙂

Looking out for you,

Steven Gundry, MD