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I recently found out about earthing or grounding, which is when you expose your bare skin to the ground, transferring energy from the earth to your body.
It turns out that there are many health benefits from simply walking barefoot on Mother Earth’s natural surfaces. Reading this I wanted to take off my shoes immediately.
Step off the vehicle and experience a deeper connection with nature on foot and take it the next step further; go barefoot.
The first place I thought about walking barefoot in was the Leadwood forest in the Northern part of Londolozi. It grows along the Manyelethi river, where the ancient leadwood trees have been towering for hundreds of years watching over leopards stalking through them, birds building homes in them, and one of the trees is also a host for one of the biggest leopard orchids that I have seen.
It is a sacred place and has an energy that is hard to describe. Like the wind; you can’t see it but you can feel it.
It is ethereal.
An elephant bull walking through the leadwood forest.
It is said that our bodies are designed to be in contact with the earth yet in the modern world we are largely disconnected from natural world; years ago we would be walking barefoot, sleeping on the ground or using the skin of animals as shoes or to sleep on, still connecting us to earth.
Positive electrons in the form of free radicals can build up in our bodies, and in high concentrations can be unstable, impacting our cell development. In western society we are surrounded by technology which transmits electromagnetic waves; WiFi and cellular devices that cause our body to create or be bombarded by more free radicals. By touching the ground we are supposedly exposed to negatively charged electrons which will help balance this, neutralising the positive electron build-up. It is a similar effect to that of a lightning conductor on a house’s roof. Some people will even take off their shoes to ground themselves in a new country to get in tune with that time zone, supposedly helping with jet lag.
The leadwood forest on the morning I decided to walk through it barefoot
The Earth’s electrons can act as antioxidants, microorganisms (helpful mycobacterium vaccae) also enter your body which boost your immune system, improving your mood, and grounding your body can even help with reducing stress and improving sleep. These are just a few of many health benefits currently being studied…
Going back to the microorganisms mentioned above, it is believed they stimulate immune cells to release cytokines, a type of signalling protein that stimulate neurons to release serotonin into the prefrontal cortex. Basically, serotonin is a hormone that gives us a sense of well-being and helps our brain cells to communicate with other cells around our body.
Or maybe it’s the health benefits of the sense of peace you feel through simply walking though the trees, being in nature.It is always encouraged to skip the treadmill and take a walk/run through the park or on the beach rather. There is a chance you may see a bird or two fly by or discover a new flower that is blooming along your walking path. Natural stimulation is almost always the better way to go.
There is a mellowing effect on us when we sit, breath in, listen and touch nature. Maybe it’s the earth’s charge or maybe it’s just a feeling…
Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...
Even better when the shoes are taken off and then the walk commences. Beware of the sharp, pointed, things the Earth has sticking up out of it!