I would like to start with the first, absolutely undeniable advantage that the shoe gives us, which is protection.
However, our foot is naturally able to react and protect itself, generating a thickening and hardening of the epidermis in contact with the ground.
The modern need for protection is influenced by the weakening of our body, which is now fragile (as well as human incivility to throw everything on the ground, cigarettes, glass, etc., making the road a real minefield). It is no coincidence that the natives who live in the most uncomfortable areas of our planet have lived barefoot for centuries.
Once again I am not pushing for a comeback to the stone age, but an attempt to find the right balance.
I am aware of the difficulties for everyone to ” learn” to walk barefoot (cold feet, cuts, pains etc.), but the advantages are countless and scientifically proven.
By walking barefoot we are able to stimulate the thousands of nerve endings that are connected and benefit our organs.
Since childhood we are pushed not to walk barefoot when it’s cold. In my opinion it is wrong, because doing so we can activate the blood circulation, allowing the body to heat every part of it independently, improving thermoregulation. The increased level of blood circulation also improves the cardiovascular system and produces a positive response of the immune system.
In addition, walking barefoot improves the mechanics of the foot, and indirectly the hips and knees by improving posture, reducing problems in the knees, joints and ligaments, and counteracts back, shoulder and neck pain.
By walking through direct contact with the ground we also improve our proprioception, i.e. perception or awareness of the position and movement of the body. This results in a better balance.
Walking barefoot, on sand, forest or stones, we can stimulate pressure points by strengthening the muscles that bind feet, ankles and legs, increasing the overall energy of our body. This makes us more active.
Finally, it has been investigated by some researchers how free electrons in the earth act as natural antioxidants by neutralizing the positive charge of free radicals that are the hallmark of chronic inflammation.
These are just some of the countless benefits of barefooting, or “earthing”, to be practiced essentially in nature!