There is no better feeling than walking barefoot down the beach in great fitting swimwear with your favourite kaftan softly blowing across your skin. So what is it that makes us feel so amazing in this moment?
Well the current buzz word is Earthing (or grounding) which is when your bare skin connects to the earth. Yes the hippies may have been right, tree hugging is good of you!
Barefoot Earthing in the Sand
You known you slip your sandals off, slide your toes into the sand and you get an almost instant feeling of relaxation, science is suggesting this is not a feeling that just in the mind, your body may actually being positively charged from the earths ions.
Dr Briffa suggests the following:
During the normal processes of metabolism the body generates what are called ‘reactive oxygen species’ which are commonly referred to as ‘free radicals’. These compounds appear to be important, at least in part because they have the ability to attack and destroy unwanted things within the body including bacteria and viruses. However, too many free radicals are a bad thing, and have been implicated in chronic disease and well as the very process of aging.
Free radicals are involved in the process known as inflammation, which is part of the healing process. However, low-grade inflammation throughout the body may lead to pain and other problems in the muscles and joints, and is also believed to be a key driving factor in many chronic diseases including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. In short, we want free radicals, but not too many.
Free radicals lack sparks of energy known as ‘electrons’. One way to quell them is to give them electrons, and these can be supplied by nutrients such as vitamins A, C and E, and plant substances known as ‘polyphenols’ (found in, among other things, tea, coffee, cocoa and apples). However, substances we eat and drink are not the only way to get electrons into the body: earthing does this too. If the body has a positive charge on it, earthing allows electrons to flow into the body where, in theory, they can neutralize overblown free radical and inflammatory damage.
Carrying a positive charge may well affect the body in lots of different ways, which means that earthing may offer a range of wellbeing benefits.