Summer is here. It’s a time when the shoes start coming off! Don’t you love the feeling of soft grass against your feet? Or walking barefoot on a sandy beach? It feels relaxing and energizing at the same time! Many people describe a sense of well-being when they walk barefoot on the Earth. Research reveals scientific reasons why being barefoot feels so good. It turns out that having your bare feet planted on the earth is actually good for your health!

The body is a dynamic conductor of electrical impulses–a “living matrix” according to biophysicist James Oschman. During the normal course of our lives, our body must deal with invaders, imbalances and injuries. The inflammation caused by our immune system can sometimes be problematic. Free radicals are often the result of this inflammation that results from toxins that we take in through our environment, food, beauty products, etc. If you want to really learn about free radicals and the role they play in your health, there is a lot of information out there. But the nutshell explanation is that a free radical is a molecule with an electron missing. In effort to become ‘whole’, these molecules will steal that missing electron from neighboring healthy cells, causing damage and resulting in sickenss and disease. Free radicals sometimes play an important role, such as during the metabolic processes, but when their job is over they need to stand down. Electrons help them do this. Unfortunately, we are many times at an electron deficit, so we don’t have a way to take these free radicals out of action. That’s why we need to take antioxidants. Antioxidants supply the missing electron to the free radicals so that they don’t go around causing damage. So, where can we get a good supply of antioxidant?

Fortunately, there is a source of antioxidants right under our feet! The earth itself provides a never-ending source of free electrons that come in and neutralize our free radicals. We simply need to connect. This connection is called “Earthing.”

In modern culture, we have moved away from our natural connection with the earth. We wear shoes that insulate us from contact with the earth’s energy. We live in homes and walk on sidewalks and drive in cars that are all made of materials that disconnect us from the earth’s surface. As a result we miss out on the restorative power of Earthing.

Thankfully, you can reverse this problem. To take advantage of the health benefits that Earthing offers, one only needs to reconnect with the surface of our planet. This can be accomplished by sitting, standing, or walking barefoot on the Earth. It can also be achieved by sleeping on special conductive sheets and pads connected to a simple metal rod stuck in the ground outside a bedroom window.

So that urge to remove the shoes? That is a healthy desire. It is summer! Time to reconnect.


What does Earthing do?

Observations and research indicate the following benefits from Earthing; we expect many more to emerge with ongoing studies.


  • Defuses the cause of inflammation, and improves or eliminates the symptoms of many inflammation-related disorders
  • Reduces or eliminates chronic pain
  • Improves sleep in most cases
  • Increases energy
  • Lowers stress and promotes calmness in the body by cooling down the nervous system and stress hormones
  • Normalizes the body’s biological rhythms
  • Thins blood and improves blood pressure and flow
  • Relieves muscle tension and headaches
  • Lessens hormonal and menstrual symptoms
  • Dramatically speeds healing and helps prevent bedsores
  • Reduces or eliminates jet lag
  • Protects the body against potentially health-disturbing environmental electromagnetic fields (EMFs)
  • Accelerates recovery from intense athletic activity

These thoughts are inspired by the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? by Clinton Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., and Martin Zucker, foreword by James L. Oschman, Ph.D.